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Pomegranate Health benefits and Delicious Smoothie Recipe

By Sharda ten Hove on 20 November 2012

In between September and January it’s the season for the Pomegranate, a superfood. In many cultures this fruit is the symbol for health, fertility and longevity. The red apple formed fruit takes some time to be unseeded but is guaranteed worth your wile.

The pomegranate is loaded with flavonoids (enhances power of vit. C, protect cells from oxygen damage, help protect blood vessels, work anti-inflammatory) and polyphenols (high anti-oxidant works preventive in cardiovascular diseases, cancers, osteoporosis and diabetes). Other than this, pomegranate is a high source of many other anti-oxidants.

According to Ayurveda a pregnant woman should eat Pomegranate during the second trimester of the pregnancy since the fruit is very beneficial for the foetus.

A unique only to be found in the pomegranate anti-oxidant is the Punicalagins -  an antioxidant that has antifungal and antibacterial properties. It neutralizes free radicals (free radicals are unstable oxygen molecules that can damage the body’s cells).
This anti-oxidant also stimulate levels of serotonin and can thereby help in depression.
Punicalagins are very easy for the body to breaking it down and using it beneficially, they help in lowering cholesterol and help protect cells from being damaged by UV radiation. So after a long day in the sun enjoy a glass of pomegranate juice, nourishing and delicious!

Pomegranate Anti-Oxidant Smoothie

This delicious tasting smoothie is one of the best treats for your whole system.

Want to give your smoothie a powerful boost? Add some greens like fresh organic kale or spinach or 1 tablespoon of chlorella.

Blend all ingredients together, take your smoothie and drink it consciously to maximize the benefit from all it’s healing properties.
Perfect breakfast smoothie!

About the author

Sharda ten Hove

Founder, Ethical Vegan, Yogi, Social Activist

Sharda was born and raised in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Descended from an Indian mother and Dutch father, she received a multi-cultural upbringing during which she gained a broad perspective on life.…  Read full bio