The search for the next elusive superfruit is some of the most hotly debated health issues today. First it was the pomegranate, then acai, then coffee berries, then (insert new superfruit). Do you buy into the hype?
Health officials have no trouble concluding that all of the above fruits have valuable benefits, but they're adamant that no "superfruit" is a universal panacea. So here's the breakdown of what pomegranates CAN do for your health, courtesy of Times Union:
- Pomegranates, like other fruits and vegetables, are a major source of nutrients and phytochemicals, which include antioxidants.
- Polyphenols are a major group of phytochemicals, and unlike most other produce, pomegranates contain all three types of polyphenols.
- The National Cancer Institute says a diet rich in fruits and vegetables may reduce the risk of cancer and other chronic diseases, possibly because of dietary fiber, polyphenol antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties.
- Dr. Mehmet Oz says pomegranate arils contain ellagic acid and punicalagin, which fight damage from free radicals and preserve the skin's collagen. In addition, phytonutrients promote healthy skin.
If you ever wanted to grow your own pomegranate tree, which can yield 150-200 pomegranates each year, check out some handy tips from Times Union.
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