I confess I've never squeezed a real pomegranate before. I found them intimidating. I used to look at them in the produce section but never had the guts to buy one and find out how to eat it. I've had the juice before and have ordered dishes with pomegranate in them from restaurants but have just never gotten around to investigating them up close and personal for myself until now.
This is my entry for Cate of Sweetnick's, ARF/5-A-Day blogging event featuring antioxidant rich foods. The pomegranate definitely fits that category. Loaded with Vitamin C, A, and E, and folic acid, it's a powerhouse fruit. Studies have shown that the fruit can lower lipid profiles in diabetics with hyperlipidemia (too much fat in the blood), and increases blood flow to the heart while lowering cholesterol profiles in both healthy patients and those diagnosed with heart disease. In one article that summarizes five studies, it states that pomegranates increase levels of nitric oxide in the blood, which dilates the vessels allowing blood to flow more easily which also assists in lowering systolic (the top number) blood pressure and pomegranate also reduces plaque build-up by as much as 30%. The same article also suggests eating/drinking daily pomegranate can positively affect erectile dysfunction. Holy Blood Flow, Batman! Forget Viagra and Cialys, just slug back pomegranate juice frequently and regularly to...uh..affect other things in life you'd like to do frequently. Okay, seriously that might have a little merit because blood doesn't just flow to the heart, you know.