Healthy power of pomegranate

The fall fruit in season until January


Nutrient rich fall fruits and veggies are piled high in the produce section this time of year. If you're looking for one that packs a healthy punch - try a pomegranate!

Lindsay Malone, a registered dietician at Cleveland Clinic, says research suggests this fall favorite may benefit prostate health.

"There are some studies with pomegranate and slowing the growth of prostate cancer and so the studies typically look at pomegranate juice in addition to a healthy plant based diet," she explained.

Malone recommends breaking a pomegranate open and eating the fruit inside - she says you'll get less sugar that way versus drinking a bottled pomegranate juice.

Pomegranates are high in anti-oxidants that help protect cells from environmental toxins like pollution and cigarette smoke. They have also been shown to benefit the heart.

"There are some studies that show it can help prevent plaque buildup in your arteries and that would lead to cardiovascular disease and so if heart disease runs in your family or that's something you're particularly concerned about it might make sense to add pomegranate," Malone said.

Malone says half of a pomegranate is considered one serving of fruit. Pomegranates are in season from October through January.