How often have you done this? You are trying to improve your health and wellness so you go to your preferred search engine and search for healthy foods or drinks to add to your diet. Soon you’re met with a list a mile long, with some claiming to be better for you than others and you don’t know where to begin! We’ve decided to keep it simple and show you two items you can add to your diet that add tremendous benefits to your health and well-being!
Pomegranates and Green Tea
Antioxidants are natural or man-made compounds that can slow down or prevent damage to cells caused by unstable molecules produced by our bodies. Both pomegranates and green tea are rich in polyphenol antioxidants. Both contain Vitamin C and Vitamin E to act as strong antioxidants to lower oxidative damage and risk of chronic disease. Antioxidants protect our body’s cells from disease including cancer, cardiovascular, and others. 
Antioxidants also have a profound influence on your immune system. Green tea and pomegranates are both rich in immune-boosting antifungal, antiviral, and antibacterial properties to fight infection!
Thanks to the antioxidants, both green tea and pomegranates are great anti-inflammatory sources! Green tea is high in an anti-inflammatory antioxidant called catechin. Epigallocatechin gallate, or EGCG, is the most powerful catechin which may reduce inflammation and aid in the prevention of chronic conditions including heart disease and cancer. Pomegranates also have strong anti-inflammatory properties that can be found in its peel, seeds, and juice. These anti-inflammatory factors can help reduce the risk of cancer development. 
While more studies are needed, there has been a correlation to the anti-angiogenic effects of green tea and pomegranates that restrain the growth of cancer cells. Inflammatory cells accelerate the rate of tumor growth in cancer. With the anti-inflammatory antioxidants found in pomegranates and green tea, cancer growth may slow down. 
Other Health Benefits
Folate and Potassium are also found in pomegranates! Folate is key for the health of bone marrow by producing red and white blood cells. Folate also helps with producing DNA and energy conversion from carbohydrates. Adding potassium from pomegranates to your diet can help lower your blood pressure and risk of stroke, and helps with nerve and muscle functioning! Green tea is abundant with flavonoids to improve heart health by lowering blood clotting risk and bad cholesterol.
Access to Pomegranates and Green Tea
Both can be found at your local supermarket. While pomegranates are typically available year-round, they are usually “in season” from September-November. Green Tea is available in different forms like powder, leaves, or tea bags. Vituro Health is also offering nutraceutical supplements with green tea and pomegranate extracts for immune support through our new Wellness program! If you want to learn more, sign up for a consultation with our Wellness nurse!
Why is it important to make changes to your diet?
The International Food Information Council Foundation’s 2019 Food and Health Survey of Americans found that protecting long-term health and preventing future health conditions was the number three reason (just over 40 percent) for adopting a new diet just behind feeling better/having more energy and weight loss.  Pomegranates and Green Tea can add numerous benefits to your long term health in more ways than you think! You don’t have to make a complete overhaul on your diet, in fact, it’s better if you don’t because you more than likely won’t stick with it. Making small changes and adjusting to them can be an encouraging driving force to make more changes and you will feel like you’ve accomplished attainable goals.
It is important to consult with your doctor before adding a high-volume of a new substance to your diet. No two people are alike, so pomegranates and green tea may have a different impact on you than someone else. Supplements are also not for everyone and should be taken at the advice of your doctor.
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