Martha Stewart.com

December 2011

Foodie-Inspired Beauty Ingredient: Pomegranate

"I love this time of year - for so many reasons - but one of the things I look forward to most during December is the advent of pomegranate season. These big, red orbs will forever remind me of my dear old dad, a man who used to stuff his work sack with these treats when he'd pass by a fruit stand in the city. When you're eight years old, there's no fruit more exotic than a pomegranate thanks to their cavernous tombs of crunchy, sweet-tart seeds... Pomegranates have an impressive antioxidant profile containing many types of polyphenols like tannins, flavanoids, anthocyanins and ellagic acid... What's important to note about these polyphenols is that they scavenge free radicals, reduce inflammation, decrease oxidative stress and degradation of crucial skin oils known as lipids."

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