The nutrient-rich pomegranate fruit has been around for thousands of years and has been used for a variety of things: a snack, a refreshing drink, and even medicine (whether it works as a medical agent, specifically its ability to fight cancer cells, remains up for debate). Still, the sweetly tart pomegranate has been shown to help the body in a plethora of ways. One medium-sizedpomegranate contains 39 grams of carbs, 11 grams of fiber, and a boatload of vitamin C. Here are four more benefits to pomegranate consumption…
#1. High Antioxidant Content
Antioxidants are compounds found in food that prevent or slow cell damage and degradation. Pomegranates have been found to possess high amounts of these vital nutrients.
#2. Weight Management
Sure, reaching for any fresh fruit or vegetable is a better choice than, say, a bag of Doritos. But pomegranate packs an especially effective punch when you’re looking to keep bulges off of your belly. It’s low in calories and high in fiber, which helps you feel full for an extended period of time. Also, it’s sweet, which aids in curbing sugar cravings.
#3. Skin Health
The vitamins and antioxidants in pomegranates help hydrate skin while reducing wrinkle-causing inflammation and stimulating new tissue growth. Healthy skin and a healthy body? That’s a win-win.
#4. Muscle Strength & Soreness
Some studies suggest drinking pomegranate juice or extract can support your body’s recovery. One 2011 study found that men who drank pomegranate juice over a 15-day period maintained more strength post-workout than subjects who took a placebo. And while we see nothing wrong with adding some pomegranate extract to a post-workout shake or smoothie, we’d also add P4’s workout supplement Recovery Push Formula in there as well. Recovery Push is NSF Certified for Sport and contains no banned substances. Additionally, it is packed with vitamins and contains a carb loader and BCAAs to help facilitate your body’s recovery efforts following a tough workout or game. If you’re looking for ideas for a shake or smoothie recipe, try our Recovery Push Formula Raspberry Smoothie.