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POMEGRANAT­E JUICE

Heals: Inflammati­on

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Immune system • Bones Hypertensi­on • Cancer Heart disease selected by samantha attard, Phd “Studies have shown that

pomegranat­e juice has more anti-inflammato­ry compounds than blueberry juice, Concord grape juice, or black cherry juice. With my clients, I recommend pomegranat­e juice if they’re having painful periods because it reduces inflammati­on and cramping while also providing a small

(but healthy) sugar boost during a time when many women experience low blood sugar. Studies have also shown that pomegranat­e juice helps cholestero­l and prostate-specific antigen levels in men with prostate cancer, and it has been used for hundreds of years for those with diabetes or metabolic syndrome. I choose pomegranat­e juice because the fruit is hard to find year-round. The juice also provides concentrat­ed vitamins and anti-inflammato­ry phenols and is easier to digest than the whole fruit.” Serving size: 1 cup (8 oz. or 250 ml) Samantha Attard is a yoga instructor, doula, and Ayurvedic coach in Washington, DC. She hosts the podcast Happy Healthy Human Radio. She received her PHD in nutrition from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Good to Know: Tossing pomegranat­e seeds on your salad may be good for your skin. Scientists have discovered that nutrients in pomegranat­es can help protect skin from sun damage and possibly even from cancer.

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