Many regard pomegranates as the jewel in the fruit kingdom's crown. Even in ancient times, the Babylonians would chew the seeds before battle to make themselves invincible while Egyptians were buried with pomegranates. Some people even believe that the apple in the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve was actually a pomegranate.
Today, the fruit is widely used in Middle Eastern, Indian and Iranian cuisines while being marketed in the USA as a powerful health juice.
15 good health reasons to include pomegranates in your diet
1. Pomegranate juice may contain as much as 3 times the antioxidants as green tea or red wine. Antioxidants fight against free radicals – those unstable molecules that can damage DNA and cell membranes. Such cellular damage has been linked to many diseases including cancer.
2. Pomegranate juice combats hardening of the arteries and related diseases, like heart attacks and strokes, by limiting the genetic tendency toward hardening of the arteries.
3. Several studies indicate that pomegranate juice may prevent cartilage deterioration, and therefore osteoarthritis.
4. Another study found that pomegranate juice may help fight the return of prostate cancer among men who have had surgery or radiation for the disease.
5. Pomegranate juice lowers LDL (bad cholesterol) and raises HDL (good cholesterol).
6. A further study showed that drinking 1.7 ounces of pomegranate juice per day lowered high blood pressure by as much as 5 percent.
7. One pomegranate has about 40 percent of the recommended daily vitamin C requirement for adults, along with folic acid, fiber, potassium, niacin and vitamins A and E.
8. One study published in Pediatric Research found that drinking pomegranate juice during pregnancy helped protect newborns' brains during traumatic births.
9. Studies in Israel showed that pomegranate juice destroys breast cancer cells while leaving healthy cells alone. It may also prevent breast cancer cells from forming.
10. Pomegranate juice, like aspirin, can help keep blood platelets from clumping together to form unwanted clots.
11. Studies in mice show that pomegranate juice may inhibit the development of lung cancer.
12. In a study of 50 men who had undergone treatment for prostate cancer, 8 ounces of pomegranate juice per day kept PSA levels stable, reducing the need for further treatment such as chemotherapy or hormone therapy.
13. Pomegranate juice prevents plaque from building up in the arteries and may even reverse previous plaque buildup.
14. Pomegranate juice may prevent and slow Alzheimer's disease. In one study, mice bred to develop Alzheimer's disease were given pomegranate juice. They accumulated significantly less amyloid plaque than control mice and they performed mental tasks better.
15. Research suggests that drinking pomegranate juice may be a natural way to prevent dental plaque.
The only problem with a pomegranate is actually how you get to eat it because the edible seeds are covered with an inedible white casing.
This is what you need to do to get to those incredible seeds
- Slice off the crown end of the pomegranate.
- Score the rind in several places around the fruit from top to bottom and then break or cut the sections apart, putting them into a bowl of water.
- Pry the seeds out with your fingers (be careful, the juice will stain clothes permanently).
- Strain the seeds using a colander.
- The seeds can be eaten right away, stored in the refrigerator or used to make juice, jellies and marinades. They can even be frozen.
Google “pomegranate juice where to buy” and your computer screen will come up with loads of options as to where you can buy the juice whether online or from a store or health shop.
Enjoy the taste and the healthy benefits of your new beverage!