Monday, November 25, 2013

The Power of Pomegranate


Sometimes called a Chinese apple, the pomegranate is rich in nutrients and a delicious treat for anyone willing to work hard enough to extract its seeds. Originally grown in India and the Middle East, the pomegranate was used in traditional medicine to remedy many ailments and conditions. While the pomegranates healing properties have not been substantiated by modern medicine it is very apparent the fruit contains many health benefits.

Pomegranates are very high in antioxidants that rival other “Superfoods” such as acai berries and green tea. These powerful antioxidants help protect you from free radical damage and can reduce inflammation within your body. The seeds provide excellent sources of vitamin C that help support healthy connective tissue and fiber to support healthy GI function.

High in vitamin K the fruit supports healthy blood circulation. Studies have shown adults with ischemic heart disease benefited from less ischemia during stress testing when they drank 8oz of pomegranate juice daily for 3 months over those that did not. Some studies also suggest the possible benefit of pomegranate juice reducing LDL accumulation, systolic blood pressure and vital infections.

Also high in phosphorus, magnesium, calcium, zinc and iron the pomegranate is a rich source of many vital vitamins and minerals. It is best to enjoy the seeds of the pomegranate as this unprocessed and fiber rich source locks in the most nutrients. However if you are on the go or just don’t like all the work that goes into de-seeding a pomegranate, its juice can easily be purchased in the store.

                                      Searching for a new way to de-seed a pomegranate?

Try cutting the fruit into quarters and submerging each quarter in a bowl of water. Gently rub the seeds until they fall to the bottom of the bowl. The white waxy part of the fruit will float to the top and be much easier to remove. The water also prevents the juice from spraying out and staining you clothes.

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