Pomegranates have been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years to treat infections, diarrhoea, ulcers, and are still regarded in some parts as a potent fertility booster. Rich in many nutrients, including vitamin C and K, folic acid and potassium. More recently, there has been interest due to their high antioxidant levels compared to other fruits, along with research suggesting anti-inflammatory and anti-obesity properties.
Berries have been used for thousands of years as a medicine and food. But it’s only recently that the main health promoting compounds in berries were identified as anthocyanins, which are a form of flavanoids. The anthocyanins in bilberries are visible to the eye as blue and red pigments, and are responsible for giving them their distinctive colour.
What are they?
One of the oldest fruits known to man, pomegranates are native to grasslands stretching from the Middle East to the Himalayas and south to India. With a tough red skin, the pomegranate is prized for its seeds, which have a distinctive sweet and sour taste.
Pomegranates contain high levels of ellagitannins (including punicalagins) and ellagic acid. These compounds act as potent antioxidants and can be metabolised into other antioxidant rich compounds. Punicalagins have almost triple the antioxidants of green tea and red wine, and are said to be responsible for multiple health benefits. They are also said to help with weight control and maintaining healthy cholesterol levels. In addition, early studies have shown that the compounds in pomegranates can increase the numbers of healthy bacteria in the gut, and inhibit growth of pathogenic bacteria thereby helping reduce disease incidence.
Pomegranates are one of the ingredients in our The Lean One (Blend No.4). Recommended for anyone aiming to lose weight in a sustainable way and to help with recovery after putting your bodies through the strain of exercise. Along with the other ingredients found in The Lean One, this blend aims to nourish and tone your body. Pick it up from our Online Shop.
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