The word superfood is often used in the wellness world, but pomegranate seeds deserve this name. They are loaded with effective antioxidants (three times as much as green tea or red wine) that can help protect you from cell damage and inflammation, from cognitive decline to cancer.
The juicy, crisp seeds are also an impressive workout enhancer. A recent study by Skidmore College in New York states that combining it with a protein (such as Greek yogurt) promotes muscle recovery and reduces muscle soreness, even more than just consuming a protein or carbohydrate alone. One cup of pomegranate seeds contains 7 grams of fiber and one-third of your vitamin C.
"The combination of antioxidants against free radicals and protein to build and repair tissue makes it the perfect compound to support muscle recovery and growth," says Study author and sports physiologist Paul J. Arciero.
Just nibble the spicy seeds, add them to salads and oatmeal, or reduce the sauce to go for chicken or pork. Eaten before you drink, they can even prevent a hangover. They could not come at a better time given all the holiday celebrations.