Pomegranates are rich in antioxidant phytochemicals that can have a healthy impact on your body. Eating pomegranates or drinking the juice my help prevent prostate cancer, reduce the build up of plaque that leads to atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), and help keep blood lipid levels healthy. This includes total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol (the good kind) and LDL cholesterol (the bad kind). Pomegranate seeds have been studied and appear to enhance immune function as well.
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