Pomegranates are a superfood. A food so powerful you are actually an idiot if you ignore their existence.
Pomegranate juice was really one of my top anti-aging musts during the wild days in NY, London and Paris. I hunted it down to make sure it was on hand or, in a crunch, I would pop a few pomegranate extract vitamins after a particularly wild night. The results? My moniker as ‘the vampire’…
But why are pomegranates so powerful?
- They have an unusually high level of antioxidants according to their ‘oxygen radical absorbance capacity’ or ORAC rating. This measures their power as antioxidants. They can neutralize free radicals 7x more than green tea and 2x more than red wine. According to the ORAC rating system pomegranates are #1, cranberries are #2, blueberries are #3 and blackberries/raspberries #4.
- They contain anthocyanins (common in deep colored fruits like blueberries, grapes etc) which are antioxidants that reduce inflammation in the body.
- Pomegranates contain high levels of ellagic acid which is a compound proven to protect skin from sun damage and ultraviolet radiation.
Don’t be intimidated by the mess of a pomegranate. You can slice it in half and put it on a juicer. I keep the seeds and add them to salads. Or fish. You can also slice the pom into sections and put in a bowl of water and gently roll the seeds which will tumble out…