Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Health Benefits of Pomegranates


Pomegranate is an ancient fruit which dates back to thousands of years where it is claimed to have been first discovered growing in Persia (present Iran). This red colored round shaped fruit which can grow to the size of a grapefruit is also known as punica granatum. The word pomegranate evolved from the Latin word “pōmum” meaning “apple” and “grānātum” meaning "seeded."

Pomegranate seeds have a fleshy covering known as arils which contain a sweet to sour juice. It’s this juice which makes the pomegranate a highly valued fruit for it holds a variety of health benefits which is helpful for a person’s well being.

Pomegranates are high in fiber and are packed with a number of vitamins and minerals which strengthens the immune system and lowers the risk of heart disease.
The fruit is also rich in flavonoids and polyphenols which are needed for a healthy heart and blood vessels.

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