Today’s Solutions: December 03, 2023

We love eating seasonally at the Optimist Daily. Now that it’s autumn, there’s a special red fruit that is in-season and chock full of antioxidants: pomegranates! Let’s take a dive into the nutritional benefits of pomegranates, shall we?

Health benefits of pomegranates

Registered dietitian Ella Davar says pomegranates are so powerful because of the variety of nutritional substances they contain, from flavonols and anthocyanin to phenolic and organic acids. “These compounds have been studied and related with numerous health benefits against many metabolic conditions and diseases,” Davar told mindbodygreen.

As mentioned earlier, pomegranates are rich in antioxidants. In fact, studies have shown that the antioxidant potential of pomegranate juice is more than that of red wine and tea. Of all the benefits of pomegranates, Davar says the biggest impact of this fruit is on gut health. On the one hand, the compounds within pomegranate seeds are used in metabolic processes by the microbiota of the colon. On the other hand, pomegranate seeds are a great source of prebiotic fiber, which “keep the bowel movement regular and optimize digestive health.”

Picking the best pomegranate

To maximize the health benefits of pomegranates, you want to pay attention to color when you’re picking pomegranates. Darker colored pomegranates are found to have the highest amount of anthocyanins present. More specifically, you should look for fruits with a deep cherry-red color fruit and avoid ones that have large white portions in the peel color. 

Solutions News Source Print this article
More of Today's Solutions

Yale study suggests psilocybin can help treat migraines

Before, we published the results of a new study that found psilocybin therapy to be four times more effective than antidepressants for treating major ...

Read More

Tips for navigating boundaries with unvaccinated friends and family

Not everyone is comfortable with getting vaccinated against Covid-19... and chances are, someone in your family or social circle has chosen not to take ...

Read More

5 tips for better sleep from Olympians

We all know that sleep is vital for our health and wellbeing, and athletes are especially in tune with the critical nature of a ...

Read More

Machine vision software reveals how spiders weave their web

How does a spider make a web? You’ve probably accidentally wandered into a spider web and wondered how they make these creations right under ...

Read More