Fruit Facts: Pomegranate

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Pomegranates are nutritiously dense, antioxidant rich fruit which has been revered as a symbol of health. This fruit’s deep red juice contains polyphenols, isoflavones, ellagic acid, and punicalagians. These are elements researchers believe to make up a potent anti-cancer combo.

Pomegranate juice is good for your heart and blood vessels. They also have been shown to inhibit breast cancer, prostate cancer, colon cancer, leukemia and to prevent vascular changes that promote tumor growth in lab animals.

Several studies have shown this remarkable anti-cancer effect. Additional studies and clinical trials currently taking place are hopeful to reveal this fascinating effect on humans. I would recommend eating fresh pomegranates or buy the 100% organic juice if possible.

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Pomegranate seeds are juicy and crunchy. I love to snack on them in between my meals. They’re filling and satisfying to eat. Other antioxidant rich foods like blueberries, tomatoes, red and yellow peppers, nuts, whole grains, spinach, kale and so much more are important to incorporate in your diet.

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Sources:
Study: Cancer Chemoprevention by Pomegranate: Laboratory and Clinical Evidence

My #1 Tip for Eating Healthy.

Yerba Maté – The Antioxidant Powerhouse Tea

    Yerba Mate (yer-bah mah-tay) has the “strength of coffee, the health benefits of tea, and the euphoria of chocolate” all in one beverage.

There are many legends surrounding yerba mate, and it’s known to the Argentine Gauchos (cowboys) as their “liquid vegetable”, and to the native forest peoples who have survived periods of drought and famine by drinking yerba mate as the “Drink of the Gods”.

According to a recent study published in the Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety they found that Yerba maté drinks contained up to 100-fold higher amounts of antioxidants and polyphenols compared to the mainstream non-tea-based drinks, and Guayakí Yerba Maté had the largest antioxidant and polyphenol content among the tea-based drinks.

    Yerba Mate contains 11 polyphenols. Polyphenols are a group of phytochemicals. Phytochemicals are recently-discovered compounds that act as powerful antioxidants and are considered to exhibit anti-cancer effects in mammals by strengthening an organism`s natural defenses and protecting it against cellular destruction (i.e. lycopene in tomatoes, flavonoids in blueberries, and isoflavones in soy).


The University of Illinois associate professor of food chemical and toxicology Elvira de Mejia stated, “The caffeine derivatives in mate tea not only induced death in human colon cancer cells, they also reduced important markers of inflammation.

The study suggests that the mate tea compounds not only have potential as anti-cancer agents but may also be effective against other diseases associated with inflammation. Her study was published in Molecular Nutrition & Food Research in latter part of 2011.

Yerba Mate Is Packed With Nutritional Health Benefits

• Vitamins: A, C, E, B1, B2, Niacin (B3), B5, B Complex

• Minerals: Calcium, Manganese, Iron, Selenium, Potassium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Zinc

• Additional Compounds: Carotene, Fatty Acids, Chlorophyll, Flavonols, Polyphenols, Inositol, Trace Minerals, Antioxidants, Tannins, Pantothenic Acid and 15 Amino Acids.

• Theophylline, theobromine, and caffeine

There are many positive scientific studies on the benefits of yerba mate tea, and as you can see above with all the nutrients it has, it makes sense why it’s known as “The Drink of God’s”.

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I’m not a big coffee drinker but, occasionally I would have a cup whenever I need a kick in the butt. Well, this past weekend I picked up my Yerba mate and it’s really a pick-me-upper. After my research, I’m even more pleased with the information and all the natural vitamins and minerals in it.

Resources:
http://www.patexia.com/feed/compounds-in-mate-tea-induce-death-in-colon-cancer-cells-2306
http://zeenews.india.com/ayurveda/yerba-mate-brew-bumps-off-colon-cancer-cells_1032.html