Celebrity chef Serena Poon shares pomegranate recipes

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KTLA 5 Morning News

November is National Pomegranate Month!

I recently had the honor of joining KTLA 5 Morning News live to discuss the benefits of pomegranates, as well as some healthy recipes!

You can watch the full segment HERE.

Pomegranates are exciting to me because of recent studies that have unlocked one of their key healthy-aging secrets. Consumption of the polyphenols in pomegranates leads to the production of a longevity-promoting compound called Urolithin A in the gut. Urolithin A has been shown to trigger a well established anti-aging process called mitophagy – your body’s natural defense against the breakdown of your mitochondria.

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There are several other full body benefits that pomegranates boast. Some of these include improved circulation, increased athletic performance, cancer fighting properties, and a reduced risk of perinatal brain injury.

Drinking pomegranate juice is also linked to better cognitive performance. This powerful fruit can not only be used preventatively for brain health, but also has been shown to heal pre-existing damage. The polyphenols in pomegranates help prevent amyloid plaque buildup in the hippocampus, which in turn, helps improve brain function for those with Alzheimer’s.

Another study comparing people who drank pomegranate juice daily with those who didn’t found that those who did maintained the ability to learn visual information over a 12-month period, and those who didn’t actually saw a decline in cognitive ability.

Check out the following recipes! 

For a distinctly fall or winter treat, try my tasty Stuffed Butternut Squash recipe, or this Super Immunity Kale Salad recipe. Both recipes are full of powerfully nutritious ingredients such as pomegranate seeds, pumpkin seeds, and butternut squash.

For a distinctly fall or winter treat, try my tasty Stuffed Butternut Squash recipe, or this Super Immunity Kale Salad recipe. Both recipes are full of powerfully nutritious ingredients such as pomegranate seeds, pumpkin seeds, and butternut squash.

Additional ways to consume pomegranate:

  • Blended in a smoothie
  • On a breakfast toast
  • Sprinkled on your guacamole
  • Layered in a chia parfait
  • On top of coconut yogurt (here’s how to make your own!)
  • In your morning latte

What are your thoughts on the pomegranate? Are there any additional ways you incorporate the nutrient-dense fruit into your weekly routine? Add your thoughts to the comments!

 

XO – Serena

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This content is strictly the opinion of Chef Serena Poon and is for informational and educational purposes only. It is not intended to provide medical advice or to take the place of medical advice or treatment from a personal physician. All readers/viewers of this content are advised to consult their doctors or qualified health professionals regarding specific health questions. Neither Serena nor the publisher of this content takes responsibility for possible health consequences of any person or persons reading or following the information in this educational content. All viewers of this content, especially those taking prescription or over-the-counter medications, should consult their physicians before beginning any nutrition, supplement or lifestyle program.

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