Hidden inside a strange- looking fruit are lifesaving properties. The pomegranate is the oldest known fruit on the planet. It has been suggested that the forbidden fruit Eve shared with Adam in the garden of Eden was, in fact, a pomegranate and not an apple. From biblical times to Chaucer, Shakespeare and Homer, historical greats have extolled the virtues of the pomegranate in literature.
The pomegranate is known as the fruit of the underworld, the fruit of paradise, and the fruit of fertility. It has also been savored for its medicinal properties for centuries. Ancient Egyptian physicians had more than 700 remedies for treating disease, and the most popular ingredient in their formulas was pomegranate. Physicians in Greece prescribed pomegranate juice as a treatment for arthritis, circulation disorders, viruses and digestive problems.
The pomegranate’s healing properties aren’t just for our ancestors. Find modern-day remedies below.
WATCHING YOUR FIGURE?
Pomegranates are low in calories and high in health-benefiting nutrients including antioxidants, polyphenols and numerous phytochemicals. Inside there are about 700 to 800 tightly packed ruby-red arils rich in fiber, potassium, riboflavin, thiamin, niacin, vitamin C, calcium and phosphorus, all of which play a role in healthy metabolism.
WORRIED ABOUT HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE?
Pomegranates are high in potassium and niacin, which aid in lowering blood pressure. Studies show that pomegranate juice can actually reduce systolic blood pressure. One study concluded drinking 1.7 ounces of pomegranate juice per day can lower systolic blood pressure by as much as five percent.
WORRIED ABOUT HEART DISEASE?
Drink to your cardiovascular health! There is no shortage of polyphenols when it comes to pomegranates. Polyphenols are a natural anti-inflammatory and can reduce the inflammatory process associated with heart disease, improve circulation to the heart, and reduce arterial wall thickness. The little red super wonders can also lower LDL (the bad cholesterol) and raise HDL (the good cholesterol), aiding in the fight against heart disease.
WORRIED ABOUT PROSTATE CANCER?
Polyphenols in pomegranate juice can not only inhibit the growth of cancer cells but actually kill cancer cells. According to a study published in the Journal of Molecular Cancer Therapeutics, drinking a mere eight ounces of pomegranate juice per day kept PSA levels stable.
WORRIED ABOUT GERMS?
Scientists discovered antimicrobial properties within pomegranates that have the ability to kill seven different types of bacteria. This is good news, especially with cold and flu season coming swiftly upon us.
WORRIED ABOUT BONE LOSS?
A study conducted in Saitama Prefectural University in Japan found that bone volume was significantly increased by administration of the pomegranate extract.
Need more reasons to add pomegranates to your nutrition regimen? Studies indicate eating pomegranates can aid in the prevention of breast cancer, lung cancer, anemia, aging, morning sickness, sore throat and Alzheimer’s.
WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO EAT A POMEGRANATE?
Wash the outside of the pomegranate with soap and water; then, with a sharp knife, cut it into quarters. Place the entire fruit in a bowl of water and pop the seeds out; the seeds will sink to the bottom. Scoop out the floating pulp and membrane, drain off the water, and enjoy! You can also juice a pomegranate: just cut it in half and squeeze using a citrus juicer. Pomegranates are in season from early September until January.
Our ancestors have been using pomegranates in healing and prevention for centuries. Eat up, drink up, and cheers to your health!
Karen Langston is a certified Holistic Nutritionist training health care practitioners and health advocates the keys to preventing and reversing symptoms by having a good poop. healthygutadvisor.com
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