One of God’s “Miracle Foods” – The Health Benefits of Pomegranates
The Many Health Benefits of Pomegranates, A Powerful Anti-Aging Biblical Super Fruit!
While most of us remember peeling back the tough layers of pomegranate to get to the tasty, tart seeds inside, 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, revered as a delicious health promoting elixir with legend that include 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 Pomegranate Fruit Is Mentioned Over Two Dozen Times Throughout The Bible
King Solomon is said to have designed his crown based on the “crown” of the pomegranate. The significance of the Jewish pomegranate is further exemplified by its appearance on ancient coins of Judea, one of only a few images that appear as a holy symbol. This fruit is yet another of God’s many miracle foods 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 8:2 I – 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, bottled as juice, as the 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, containing robust levels of polyphenols, flavonoids, concentrated levels of antioxidants, all that help fight premature aging, cancer and heart disease. As a matter of fact, the health benefits of pomegranate in a single serving 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 that found that components in pomegranates including punicalagins help encourage blood vessel and heart health, lower cholesterol and blood pressure, and can even help increase the rate at which heart obstructions dissolve. Studies have shown that heart patients that were prescribed an ounce of pomegranate juice per day for a year saw a lowering in their blood pressure, and reduced atherosclerotic plaque. The health benefits also include helping to inhibiting prostate, colon and breast cancer, and leukemia as well as to help 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
- Helps lower cancer risk
- Helps lower cholesterol
- Helps improve erectile dysfunction
Pomegranate Preparation (seeding)
Cut the top crown off the pomegranate, also removing part of the light yellow “skin” protecting the seeds. Cut the fruit in about 4 sections and place it in a bowl of cold water, soaking for around 5 minutes. Holding it under the water, break the sections apart, carefully removing the seeds. Next drain the seeds, dry, and start to enjoy the health benefits from eating them by themselves or tossing them into your favorite salad. Note: Inside each pomegranete gelatin-like kernal is an edible seed that also provides nutritional/fiber benefits. To get the maximum health benefits of pomegranate I recommended 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), including fresh organic fruits like blueberries and strawberries, raspberries, etc., some ground flaxseed or wheat germ, and even spinach or avocado; 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, so I don’t recommend using them in smoothies. Berries are much better but even they contain sugar (fructose) so use them sparingly.
Pomegranate Is Definitely One Fruit That You Can’t Afford To Leave Out Of A Healthy Anti-Aging Lifestyle Plan!
While it’s pricier that other fruits, 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. 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. I Believe The Best Way To Save Money And Get The Very Best Quality Of “Living” Pomegranate Is To Grow Your Own Trees!
The pomegranate tree is very easy to grow and one small tree can 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. Pomegranate trees are beautiful and will complement virtually any landscape design.
Pomegranate is a small southern tree, but can grow anywhere in the country as a patio plant. So, if you happen to live in NJ, all you would need to do is bring it in a garage or indoors for the coldest part of winter.
POMEGRANATE TREES GROW SUPER FAST!
They make beautiful patio plants and can grow indoors or out.
They also make great gift items!
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