Anthocyanins are the phytochemicals responsible for all of the bright, appealing colors we see in our red, blue, and purple plant foods, like strawberries. Recent epidemiological studies associate consistent, moderate intake with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, death, and type 2 diabetes. (1) Pomegranate seeds are a rich source of both phytochemicals and other antioxidants that can help prevent or treat disease risk factors such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, oxidative stress, hyperglycemia, and inflammatory activities. Pomegranate fruit has also been shown in studies to treat human prostate cancer by inhibiting cell growth, and was shown to inhibit several signaling pathways in lung cancer. (2)
Pretty cool stuff, right?!
Try my Banana Split smoothie bowl to start reaping the health benefits of both berries and pomegranate! *plus banana, pineapple, dark chocolate!
Banana split smoothie bowl
1/2 frozen banana
1/2 cup frozen strawberries
1/4 cup frozen pineapple
1/2-3/4 cup milk or non-dairy milk
1/2 scoop protein powder
Torani dark chocolate sauce
Blend up & top with dark chocolate syrup drizzle and pomegranate seeds!
Bendokas V;Skemiene K;Trumbeckaite S;Stanys V;Passamonti S;Borutaite V;Liobikas J; Anthocyanins: From plant pigments to health benefits at mitochondrial level. Critical reviews in food science and nutrition. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31718251/. Accessed January 5, 2021.
Zarfeshany A, Asgary S, Javanmard SH. Potent health effects of pomegranate. Advanced biomedical research. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4007340/. Published March 25, 2014. Accessed January 5, 2021.