According to Daily Mail, drinking half a glass of this superfood and three dates per day can help you get away with a heart attack. (Full article here.)
What is this superfruit?
Well, guess no more.
It is the ever-lasting, featured-among-the centuries pomegranate. Yes, its ruby-red jewel-like seeds have been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years. Whilst pomegranate season is beyond us, now is the time to get as many as you can from the supermarkest and transform their inner-workings into a beautiful juice or sauce.
According to the myths, it is said that originates from the Garden of Eden and it was given to Moses to Moses to show the fertility of the promised land. Before that, it was cherised by the ancient Greeks, and sparked wars among ancient civilisations…
The pomegranate is an amazing fruit to eat, cool and smooth, with a slight tart and sweet taste, but a messy treat. Let its juice touch your clothes, and you can throw them away.
That’s why in ancient times, it used as a premium dye, for burgundy clothes that only the emperors and the high class society wore.
Here some of the facts you didn’t know about pomegranate:
1. It has medicinal properties
The pomegranate has been recently announced as a superfood. Its jewel-like seeds (called the arils) have been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years. These small seeds are packed with powerful antioxidants and vitamins, and till a few years ago, it was a cure-all for just about any ailment.
Doctors recommened it for stomach upsets, menopausal hot flashes, hemorrhoids, conjunctivitis, osteoarthritis, blood pressure, stimulates the immune system, wards off the flu, reduces inflammation, reduces risk of heart disease and lowers cholesterol. Want more?
2. Pomegranate juice is helps your heart
Pomegranate juice has a high antioxidant potency and protects against heart attack and stroke. According to new research coming out of Professor Aviram’s lab in Tel Aviv, Israel, and an article he co-authored in Rambam Maimonides Medical Journal in April 2013, 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.
3. Pomegranates help combat prostate cancer, diabetes
A more recent study in the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology study led by the same professor Aviram showed that the antioxidants found in pomegranate juice may be enormously 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 by British researchers from the British Dietetic Association (BDA) to examine whether the health claims made about the fruit are supported by the evidence, show that components in pomegranate juice help prevent prostate cancer metastasis.
4. Pomegranates make an excellent dessert wine
At the moment of this writing, I came across two wineries, one in Israel and the other in the U.S. who make dessert wine from pomegranates. In 2003, the Rimon Winery in Israel produced just 2,000 bottles of pomegranate wine to test the market. Today, they ship more than 720,000 bottles across the globe. At the same time, Charbay Winery in California produces also for the U.S. market.
7. Pomegranates can reverse the aging process
Developed by ancient chinese doctors, chinese herbology cites pomegranate juice as a longevity treatment. And why not? The pomegranate’s antioxidant extracts are now being used extensively by modern science and the cosmetics industry to keep wrinkles away. A simple search online wil lreveal hundreds of pomegranate-tinged anti-aging creams, massage oils, masques and toners!
And if you ever wondering how you can skin your cat … ehrr your pomegranate, we found the BEST ever video on how to open a pomegranate, without the water method. Enjoy, and let us know your comments: