Pomegranates are one of my favorite seasonal fruits! This powerful fruit usually starts popping up by mid-fall through early winter. Although pomegranates can take some work to eat, they are well worth it! They are loaded with antioxidants, fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K, and potassium. I usually eat them alone or sprinkled into my oatmeal or Greek yogurt!
- Rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants help reduce free radicals, protect cells from damage and reduce inflammation.
- Because of their high antioxidant (specifically flavonols, which act as anti-inflammatory agents) concentration, pomegranates help reduce inflammation in the body, particularly the pain and stiffness associated with arthritis.
- Their abundance of antioxidants can reduce inflammation in the gut and thus improve digestion. Therefore, the consumption of pomegranates is beneficial for those with Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and other inflammatory bowel disorders.
- Their high antioxidant content reduces oxidative stress and damage. Oxidative stress refers to the imbalance between the production of free radicals and antioxidant defense, which can lead to potential tissue damage
- Pomegranates contain loads of vitamin C!
- Vitamin C helps boost the immune system, which is something everyone needs in these cold winter months in Saskatchewan!
- Vitamin C helps develop, grow and repair all of your body tissues.
- Vitamin C is vital in the production and formation of collagen in the body.
- They have a high content of Vitamin K, which is essential for maintaining healthy bones, regulating normal blood clotting, as well as maintaining brain function and a healthy metabolism.
- Good source of both soluble and insoluble fiber, which is essential for good digestion and regular bowel movements.