By Vanessa Santana
Clearly, it’s time to charge our bodies with antioxidants and autumn gifts us with the famous fruit for those who enjoy it. Pomegranates are a fruit that can be found mostly in the mid-altitude zones of the island and during autumn, is the best time to consume them.
Pomegranates are little explosions of flavour, and also his mid-sweet taste makes them a snack like seeds. When you start eating them, it’s hard to stop!
The most widely grown varieties are: the wonderful, valencian, “mollar de elche” and the acco type. Those are the most common that can be found in the island but there are more than 500 varieties of pomegranates..
Pomegranates are rich in antioxidants due to their high levels of polyphenols and flavonoids in much more amount than any other fruit or food, like green tea or wine. The membrane and the bark of this fruit has the biggest amount of those polyphenols, those are the natural antioxidants of pomegranates, Because of this fact, making infusions with the cortex of the fruit is hardly recommended.
Furthermore, pomegranates contain high levels of minerals (potassium, calcium, magnesium, copper and zinc) and vitamins C, B and E. On top of thatAdemás, contiene altas cantidades de minerales, (potasio, calcio, magnesio, hierro, manganeso, cobre y zinc) y Vitaminas C, B y E. On top of that, their seeds are rich in Omega 5 acid, good to stop skin aging and other degeneratives conditions.
Pomegranate’s skills make it a “anticancer shield”. Anthocyanin, the compound that gives its particular colour, decreases the body’s estrogens so it’s an important defense against utero and breast cancer. Men also can be beneficiaries of this fruit because it fights against prostate cancer, the juice of this fruit decreases levels of testosterone to 30%.
Nowadays, we can find pomegranates in famous cuisine. As an ingredient, it gives COLOUR to dishes like salads, carpaccios, cold soups and it can also be a main dish in our breakfast, as a natural juice or mixed with other fruits in a bowl.
No doubt, Nature gives us many health beneficiaries to avoid conditions and illnesses, due to that, we bet on seasonal products of our environment.