One of God’s “Miracle Foods” – The Health Benefits of Pomegranates
The Many Health Benefits of Pomegranates, A Powerful Anti-Aging Biblical Super Fruit!
Most of us remember peeling back the tough layers of pomegranates to get to the tasty, tart seeds inside. Moreover, this super fruit has become one of the most researched, antioxidant rich fruits known.
By: Greg Montoya
Believed to be one of the oldest fruits in the world, pomegranate’s origins date back to ancient Persia. Therefore, revered as a delicious health promoting elixir. Also ancient beliefs that it can promote fertility and even “eternal life”. I’m a firm believer in the health benefits, but won’t take it that far!
The Bible Mentions Pomegranate Fruit Over Two Dozen Times
King Solomon designed his crown based on the “crown” of the pomegranate. Most importantly, the significance of the Jewish pomegranate is further exemplified by its appearance on ancient coins of Judea. Amazingly, one of only a few images that appear as a holy symbol. This fruit is yet another of God’s many miracle foods. Thus, placed for the benefit of both our taste buds and for our health.
Here Are Just A Few Biblical References On Pomegranates:
Deuteronomy 8:6-9 – Observe the commands of the Lord your God, walking in his ways and revering him. For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land. A land with streams and pools of water, with springs flowing in the valleys and hills. A land with wheat and barley, vines and fig trees, pomegranates, olive oil and honey.
Song Of Solomon 4:13 – Your plants are an orchard of pomegranates with choice fruits, with henna and nard.
Song Of Solomon 7:12 – Let us go early to the vineyards to see if the vines have budded. If their blossoms have opened, and if the pomegranates are in bloom. There I will give you my love.
Song Of Solomon 8:21 – Would lead you and bring you to my mother’s house. She who has taught me. I would give you spiced wine to drink, the nectar of my pomegranates.
This sweet, exotic, biblical fruit can today be found in most grocery stores. For instance, bottled as juice, whole fruit or even seeded.
Seeding it can seem a bit challenging but the health benefits are well worth the effort. One of the many factors that make it so good for you is that it’s rich in anti-aging phytochemical compounds. Thus, containing robust levels of polyphenols, flavonoids, concentrated levels of antioxidants. Above all, it helps fight premature aging, cancer and heart disease. A single serving of pomegranate provides more antioxidants than those found in cranberries, blueberries, green tea or red wine!
Researchers Are Starting To Take Notice Of The Health Benefits of Pomegranates
The health benefits are not going unnoticed by recent medical research. For instance, components in pomegranates include punicalagins which help encourage blood vessel and heart health, lower cholesterol and blood pressure. Also, can even help increase the rate at which heart obstructions dissolve. Similarly, studies show that heart patients drinking an ounce of pomegranate juice per day for a year saw a lowering in their blood pressure. Another benefit, it reduced atherosclerotic plaque. The health benefits also include helping to inhibit prostate, colon and breast cancer. Also, includes Leukemia as well by helping prevent vascular developments that can cause tumor growth.
Recap Plus Additional Potential Health Benefits of Pomegranate:*
- Most potent antioxidant content of virtually all fruits
- Powerful immune system and anti-cancer effects
- Suppresses abnormal platelet aggregation that often leads to strokes and embolic disease
- Helps lowers cholesterol and blood pressure
- Can help protect against and/or relieve osteoporosis and depression
- Helps with weight Loss
- Great for anti-aging
- Helps Improve heart health
- Can help lower cancer risk
- Lowers cholesterol
- Improves erectile dysfunction
Pomegranate Preparation (seeding)
- Cut the top crown off the pomegranate
- Remove part of the light yellow “skin” protecting the seeds
- Cut the fruit in about 4 sections.
- Place it in a bowl of cold water
- Soak for around 5 minutes
- Holding it under the water, break the sections apart, carefully removing the seeds
- Drain the seeds and let them dry
Start to enjoy the health benefits from eating the seeds by themselves. Another idea, enjoy tossing them into your favorite salad.
Note: Inside each pomegranate gelatin-like kernel is an edible seed. This unique seed provides nutritional/fiber benefits. In addition, to get the maximum health benefits of pomegranate I recommend eating both as one.
Whip Up a Powerful Antioxidant Powered Smoothie
You can use just about anything in a smoothie along with pomegranate (juice or seeds). Also, including fresh organic fruits like blueberries and strawberries, raspberries, etc. are a huge benefit. In addition, use some ground flaxseed or wheat germ, and even spinach or avocado. For health fun, play with it and give your body a heart healthy make over. Keep in mind, fruits such as oranges, etc., contain a lot of sugar. I don’t recommend using them in smoothies. Berries are much better but even they contain sugar (fructose). Therefore, we advise using them sparingly.
Pomegranate Is Definitely One Fruit That You Can’t Afford To Leave Out Of A Healthy Anti-Aging Lifestyle Plan!
It’s pricier that other fruits. But, the health benefits of pomegranate far outweigh the cost. Especially when it comes to anti-aging and the high costs of medical care.
Many stores carry pomegranate juice in plastic bottles. Therefore, not a good idea for several reasons:
- Plastic bottles can leach cancer causing BPA into the juice
- Bottled juice loses it’s live enzymes and a large part of its nutritional value
There’s Nothing Better Than Fresh Living Food. The Best Way To Save Money Is To Grow Your Own Trees! Also, Get The Very Best Quality Of “Living” Pomegranate
The pomegranate tree is very easy to grow. Thus, it only takes one small tree to produce an abundance of pomegranates each year. I personally have several trees on my property in California and recommend you consider growing your own trees, too. In addition, pomegranate trees are beautiful and will complement virtually any landscape design.
Pomegranate is a small southern tree. Also, it can grow anywhere in the country as a patio plant. Please note, you will need to bring it inside for the coldest part of winter.
Pomegranate Trees Grow Super Fast! They make beautiful patio plants and can grow indoors or out. Also, they make great gifts!
Read more about the Health Benefits of Pomegranates HERE!
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