Pomegranate – A Natural Medicine Cabinet Given All Its Health Properties - May 2016

Fruit with a Crown, could it be the king of all fruit?

Many scholars believe it was a pomegranate rather than an apple that tempted Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. If you are familiar with eating this fruit you may appreciate how sinfully good they can be. The ancient Egyptians were often buried with pomegranates. A large, dry pomegranate was found in the tomb of Djehuty, the butler of Egypt’s Queen Hatshepsut.

Today the pomegranate is known as a ‘superfood’. Its jewel-like seeds (arils) have been used for medicinal purposes for millennia. Packed with powerful antioxidants and vitamins, this ruby-red fruit has been shown to be a cure-all for just about any ailment. It helps stomach upsets, menopausal hot flashes, haemorrhoids, conjunctivitis, osteoarthritis, lowers blood pressure, stimulates the immune system, wards off the flu, reduces inflammation, reduces risk of heart disease and lowers cholesterol.

Pomegranate juice is heart-healthy

Pomegranate juice packs a high antioxidant potency punch and protects against heart attack and stroke. This royal red juice has an even higher concentration of antioxidants than other sources of dietary antioxidants such as red wine, grape juice, blueberry juice, cranberry juice and green tea.

Pomegranates help combat prostate cancer, diabetes

A study showed that the antioxidants found in pomegranate juice may be especially beneficial to diabetes patients. Researchers found that drinking pomegranate juice reduced the uptake of oxidized “bad” LDL cholesterol by immune cells, which is a major contributing factor to atherosclerosis.
Two other recent studies show that components in pomegranate juice help prevent prostate cancer metastasis.

Pomegranates keep you young

Chinese herbology cites pomegranate juice as a longevity treatment. And thanks to the pomegranate’s antioxidant extracts, modern science and the cosmetics industry agree that topical application of products containing the ruby red fruit can keep wrinkles at bay. Pomegranate-tinged anti-aging creams, massage oils, masques and toners are readily available.

They taste great!

Pomegranates would hardly enjoy such celebrity status if they tasted as bitter as their peel. But crack open this pink-red-purplish fruit and dig in. A bit tart but sweet too, pomegranates are a tasty and nutritious snack.

And if you’re not a fan of purple-tinged fingers, you can always stop by a fresh juice stand or order pomegranate ice cream. Enjoy!

• Israel21 By Viva Sarah Press – August 2013

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