While the connection between pomegranate seeds and eternal life may take some research, one thing is clear: The low-calorie fruit is brimming with vitamin C and polyphenols, powerful plant-based antioxidants that protect the body’s cells from free radical damage and help prevent inflammation (via Medical News Today).
Healthline adds that pomegranates contain two unique polyphenols, punicalagins and punicic acid — extremely strong antioxidants that are responsible for most of the fruit’s health benefits. Science Direct explains that these potent substances are important for the prevention and treatment of cardiac disease, cancer, arthritis, osteoarthritis, and inflammation.
Times of India asserts that, thanks to pomegranate’s anti-viral properties and ability to boost the immune system and increase blood circulation, doctors recommend eating one pomegranate per day. Dr. Axe adds that pomegranates may also act as a natural aphrodisiac. In one study, consumption of pomegranate juice increased salivary testosterone levels by 24 percent, an upsurge that can heighten mood and increase sexual desire.
For fun and unique ways to incorporate pomegranate seeds into your diet, Have A Plant suggests sprinkling the seeds over salads, meat and seafood dishes, yogurt, pancakes, and waffles. You can also purée the seeds in a food processor and strain away the solids for pure, fresh pomegranate juice that can be used in drinks and to make ice cream.