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Updated June 10, 2014

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Pomegranate
pomegranate
Stefan Nicolae
Why Pomegranate?

Give yourself a serious antioxidant boost! Pomegranates are loaded with anthocyanins, a type of antioxidant that gives the seeds their deep, red color. It’s possible that anthocyanins may protect against DNA damage and inflammation and reduce the risk of heart disease, allergies, cancer, and diabetes. Preliminary research indicates that they may also help to slow skin aging by reducing the weakening of skin’s collagen and elastin fibers.

Healthy Ways to Enjoy It

The jewel-toned, sweet-tart seeds can be added to a salad or sprinkled on top of a breakfast cereal. You can also have them as a snack. If you can’t get a hold of the seeds, try adding a splash of unsweetened pomegranate juice to water to liven up the taste and help you increase your fluid intake. Just be sure not to overdo it - large amounts of pomegranate juice have the potential to interact with medication.

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