Pomegranates always remind me of home, my mom, and my Persian culture.
In the Persian culture, pomegranates are a sacred fruit, thought it originate from paradise. It’s also believe that pomegranates purify the blood and are a symbol of fertility and happiness. As such, many of our (American and Iranian) holiday festivities included serving large bowls hand-peeled pomegranate seeds. I’m not sure if you’ve ever peeled a pomegranate, but it’s not exactly the quickest moving process and the juice horribly stains everything it comes into contact with.
Today, this scientifically translates to the pomegranate’s immense antioxidant properties. Besides being extremely festive & seasonal, here are other reasons why you should add some pom seeds to the mix this winter:
- IMPRESSIVE NUTRIENT PROFILE (7g fiber, 3g protein, 30% RDI Vitamin C, 36% RDI Vitamin K, 16% RDI Folate, 12% RDI Potassium)
- CONTAINS PUNICALAGINS AND PUNIC ACID (Punicalagins are so powerful that pomegranate juice has been found to have 3x the antioxidant activity of red wine and green tea. Punic Acid is potent for combating metabolic syndromes.)
- TONS OF ANTI-INFLAMMATORY EFFECTS
- HELPS LOWER BLOOD PRESSURE
- MAY HELP FIGHT ARTHRITIS AND JOINT PAIN
- LOWER RISK OF HEART DISEASE
- FIGHTS BACTERIAL AND VIRAL INFECTIONS
- COULD HELP IMPROVE MEMORY
- MAY IMPROVE EXERCISE PERFORMANCE