If you're seeking an antioxidant powerhouse, pomegranate should be a staple in your diet. Like their name suggests, antioxidants fight oxidation. That's important for your long-term health, since oxidative damage contributes to genetic mutations and aging.
Pomegranates come packed with polyphenols -- a class of antioxidants -- reports a study published in the "Journal of Food Science and Technology" in September 2014. The study looked at the chemical composition of pomegranate and identified several active antioxidants -- including gallic acid and ellagic acid -- in their arils. Pomegranates also contain manganese and vitamin C, two essential nutrients with powerful antioxidant function.