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The Healthy Powers of the Pomegranate

February 26, 2010
Research indicates that the exotic pomegranate has two or three times the antioxidants of red wine and green tea, two other highly touted, good-for-your-health sources. The fruit has a very high content of punicalagins, a potent antioxidant compound responsible for its superior health benefits. Pomegranates are also a good source of other antioxidants, the B vitamins riboflavin, thiamin and niacin, vitamin C, calcium and phosphorus. Put it all together and, according to Dr. Melody Hart, PhD, ND, pomegranates or the readily available pomegranate juice can boost your general health as well as improve specific ailments. Thanks to all its antioxidants, the pomegranate is effective in helping to protect the skin from free radical damage known to cause signs of aging. Its nutrients can reduce wheezing in those with asthma, help reduce soreness and redness when your throat hurts and build up your immune system. So drink a glass of this juice, high in antioxidants, when you feel a cold coming and you may be able to lessen its effects. In fact, think of including it every day in your all-important fruit servings.