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Pomegranates Pack a Powerful Punch

Nov 08, 2013

Riddle: What exotic fruit offers powerful antioxidants, helps fight dental plaque and are native to India, Iran and Turkey? If you guessed dates or figs, don’t pass go, but don’t pass up this colorful and delicious fruit either.

Pomegranates are a fuchsia-colored, orb-shaped fruit that are both sweet and slightly bitter.  Roughly the size of a grapefruit, the smooth-skinned shell contains jewel-shaped seeds compactly embedded in crunchy kernels. The kernels vary in color from pink, to deep red and purple, which may be why some people compare extracting the kernels to digging for rubies and precious stones.

Pomegranates Pack a Powerful Punch
Photo source: pomegranates.org

Rich in phytochemicals like ellagitannins, studies show that pomegranates may have more antioxidant power than cranberries and green tea.  Phytochemicals are antioxidants found in plants, and ellagitannins are special tannins generally found in trees and bark.

These powerful antibacterial properties found in pomegranates are believed to help cleanse the circulatory system, increase oxygen flow to the heart and lower blood pressure. Pomegranates also contain Vitamin C and E, and they don’t spike blood sugar levels or weight.  Their oral health benefits include not only fighting plaque that can lead to tooth decay and gum disease, but pomegranates also are known to instantly stop bad breath.

Dr. Allan Pantuck, commenting on a UCLA study reviewing the health benefits of pomegranates, guessed that it was a combination of elements – rather than any single component – that is probably responsible for the health effects of the miracle fruit.

Pomegranates have an impressive history dating back centuries, some say to the Garden of Eden. Many ancient folk traditions celebrate it as a form of medicine. For hundreds of years practitioners of Ayurveda, a type of holistic Indian medicine mentioned in a blog post last month, have considered it a fruit-medicine symbolizing prosperity and fertility.

The funny thing is, while pomegranates are often referred to as “the divine fruit,” they are actually berries – big berries.

Pomegranates do pose two risks. As with grapefruit reported on earlier this year, pomegranates can interfere with certain medications.  Be sure to consult your doctor or pharmacist before adding them to your diet. 

The other risk is more of a nuisance: the fruit’s wine-red juice stains anything it contacts, including fingers, clothes, furniture and carpet. So here’s a helpful tip: submerging the fruit under water for a few minutes will soften it, making it easier to remove the seeds to enjoy the juicy berry splatter-free.

While diet is important, so are regular dental visits. What you eat is up to you, but we can help you find a dental plan that can help your teeth chew well by providing access to regular teeth cleanings and preventative care. Some of our plans include periodic dental visits at no charge.

To see what plans are available in your area, click here.

Sources:
cosmetricdentistryguide.co.uk, NDTV Convergence Limited, myyogaonline.com, WebMD    


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