Pomegranates are ancient fruits native to the Middle East. When you prepare a pomegranate, you remove the seeds (properly called arils) from the inedible white rind.
The arils from one pomegranate has 234 calories. It also has 28 milligrams calcium, 34 milligrams magnesium, 666 milligrams potassium, 29 milligrams vitamin C, 1.7 milligrams vitamin E, ad 46 micrograms vitamin K.
Health Benefits of Pomegranate
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 appear to enhance immune function as well.
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