Pomegranate

Pomegranates (Punica granatum) are among the healthiest fruits on earth. They contain a range of beneficial plant compounds, unrivaled by other foods.  This unique plant (being related to only one other plant, which grows only in Yemen) grows in regions with warm, arid climates. From modern analysis, pomegranate juice has been shown to have three times more antioxidant activity than red wine and green tea. It is also a powerful antiinflammatory effect.

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Scientific name: Punica granatum

Pomegranates have an impressive nutrient profile. One cup of arils (174 grams) contains (2):

  • Fiber: 7 grams.
  • Protein: 3 grams.
  • Vitamin C: 30% of the RDA.
  • Vitamin K: 36% of the RDA.
  • Folate: 16% of the RDA.
  • Potassium: 12% of the RDA.

The pomegranate arils (seeds) are also very sweet, with one cup containing 24 grams of sugar, and 144 calories.

However, where pomegranates really shine is in their content of powerful plant compounds, some of which have potent medicinal properties: Punicalagins which are extremely powerful antioxidants, and Punicic acid, also known as pomegranate seed oil, is the main fatty acid in the arils. It is a type of conjugated linoleic acid with potent biological effects.