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What Are Pomegranates Good For?

Pomegranates

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  • Pomegranates contain three types of antioxidant polyphenols, including tannins, anthocyanins, and ellagic acid, in significant amounts
  • Their antioxidant activity is known to inhibit cell proliferation and invasion, and promote apoptosis (cell death) in various cancer cells
  • Pomegranates or pomegranate extract may help reduce joint pain and decrease inflammation in arthritis sufferers
  • They may slow the growth of plaque formation in arteries, boosting heart health, and may even act as a natural treatment for erectile dysfunction
  • Pomegranates are filled with juicy seed sacs called arils; you can eat the arils whole (fiber-rich seed and all) for optimum nutrition

By Dr. Mercola

Pomegranates have been enjoyed for thousands of years and are a symbol of hope and abundance in many cultures. They've been found in Egyptian tombs, eaten by Babylonian soldiers prior to battle and incorporated into Persian wedding ceremonies to symbolize a joyous future.


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