POMEGRANATES
Nutritional Value:
1 pomegranate provides 400mg of potassium, high dose of fiber, vitamin C, and niacin or vitamin B3. Rich in plant chemicals, anthocyanins, and ellagic acid.
Pomegranates

Benefits:
Pure pomegranate juice provides two to three times the antioxidant capacity of equal amounts of red wine or green tea. Drinking 1/4 cup of pure pomegranate juice daily may improve cardiovascular health by significantly reducing oxidation of LDL cholesterol.
  • Pomegranates are the size of an apple filled with red seeds. They contain more potassium than oranges. They can be used to make jellies, sorbets, or sauces, as well as flavor cakes and baked apples.
  • They provide a high dose of anthocyanin, flavonoids that may suppress tumor cell growth, lower LDL cholesterol, and prevent blood from clotting. Anthocyanin may reverse age-related memory loss, lower heart disease, protect brain cells from free-radical harm, and promote formation of visual purple, a pigment in the eyes instrumental in color and night vision.
  • They provide an extremely high dose of potassium, which gives a positive effect in lowering blood pressure. Also helps maintain fluid balance, promotes proper metabolism and muscle functions.
  • They provide a high dose of fiber that makes you feel full which may reduce your appetite. Soluble fiber lowers LDL cholesterol reducing the risk of heart disease, regulates blood sugar which may reduce the onset risk or symptoms of metabolic syndrome and diabetes, and may reduce the risk of colorectal cancer, and help manage diarrhea. They provide insoluble fiber that speeds the passage of foods through your digestive track facilitating regular defecation and adds bulk to stool which alleviates constipation. This may help people suffering from hemorrhoids and prevent diverticulitis, an intestinal disorder in which small pockets bulging from the colon wall become inflamed.
  • They provide a high dose of vitamin C, vitamin that strengthens blood vessel walls, promotes wound healing, promotes iron absorption, helps prevent atherosclerosis, protects against cell damage by free radicals, may reduce risk of certain cancers, heart attacks, strokes, and other diseases.
  • They provide a high dose of niacin, also known as vitamin B3, involved in DNA repair, and the production of steroid hormones in the adrenal gland. Niacin helps protect against pellagra, characterized by dermatitis, diarrhea, and mental disturbance. It is needed to metabolize energy, promote normal growth, and in large doses lowers cholesterol.
  • They provide a high dose of plant chemicals, which may boost immune system.
  • They provide a high dose of ellagic acid, phenol compound thought to fight cancer by inducing cancel cell death, and protect the lungs against environmental toxins.

Drawbacks:
There are no known drawbacks.