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What are the health benefits of pomegranates?

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Cyprus has the perfect climatic conditions for growing pomegranates, a super fruit and leading source of antioxidants, and it is that time of year where they are at there best.

This Middle Eastern fruit has been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years. But does this distinctive ruby-red jewel like seed really have positive health effects?

It is claimed that pomegranates can be effective against heart disease, high blood pressure, inflammation and some cancers, including prostrate cancer. Additionally it is proven that they are a good source of fibre and contains vitamins A, C and E and iron.

However based on a study conducted by NHS Choices, the health benefits of pomegranates are still inconclusive. Alison Hornby, a dietitian and British Dietetic Association (BDA) spokesperson that they consulted, says:

“Research suggests there may be a benefit but we’ve not shown it yet. The studies that have found an improvement in existing health conditions were very small and more investigation into the role pomegranate plays in these improvements is needed.

“A 150ml glass of pomegranate juice counts as one of your 5 A Day. Make sure to avoid brands with added sugar. You could also add pomegranate seeds to cold dishes and salads. It’s a healthy and appetising way to increase the nutritional value of your meal.”

Check out the top 10 ‘super’ fruits here.

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Wheatgrass                     Beetroot

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Alexandra Gagan

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