When I think of Pomegranates I am flooded with childhood memories of sitting on the sidewalk in my grubby clothes enjoy every last bit of that messy fruit. Now as an adult with children of my own I am helping them create their own fun memories!! I have recently discovered that these fruits are not only super tasty and super messy but they are also REALLY good for us.
5 Facts about Pomegranates you may not know!
1. They keep our teeth clean.
Thats right, the fruit that stains everything in sight actually keeps our teeth clean. They are full of Polyphenolic Flavonoids. This compound has antibacterial properties. Pom juice has been found to be as effective as prescription mouthwash at destroying plaque. Plaque is the bacteria that causes cavities and gingivitis.
2. They regulate cholesterol.
Poms contain Paraoxonase which is a naturally occuring enzyme in the body that helps keep LDL(bad cholesterol) from building up in the arteries. In a recent study people who drank pomegranate juice for two weeks had an 18% increase in production of the enzyme.
3. They help to prevent arthritis.
Pomegranate seed oil and Pom fruit extract have an anti-inflammatory effect that stops the destruction of joints caused by osteoarthritis.
4. They are a great source of fiber.
One pomegranate contains nearly a quarter of the USDA’s daily recommended amount of dietary fiber.
5. They protect your skin.
They are packed with potent antioxidants including ellagic acid. They help to limit the damage of UV rays and defend against free radicals and increase collagen production. Those things combined help combat wrinkles!!