Meet the Ingredient: Pomegranates


Specifically the seeds. Similar to hemp seeds, and flax seeds, pomegranate seeds are loaded with nutritional benefits! Pomegranate seeds are my current food obsession and I ain’t even mad about it! For the past two weeks, I have been sprinkling them on everything from salads, coconut milk yogurt and just eating them by the spoonful. I knew they were loaded with antioxidants but I decided to look a little deeper as to what the actual nutritional benefits were.

Pomegranate seeds help prevent several different forms of cancer. Pomegranate seeds are rich in phytochemicals, specifically polyphenols. As one of the top six phytochemicals found in plant based foods, these antioxidants have been found to improve healthy cell survival, prevent tumor growth and help to destroy breast, prostate, and colon cancer stem cells, according to an article published in “The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition” in 2005.

Lowers cholesterol, blood pressure and other cardiac risk factors. A compound found in pomegranates called punicalagin has been shown to have tremendous benefits for the heart and blood vessels. Punicalagin not only lowers cholesterol but has shown to lower blood pressure as well! In a