by Drew Canole for www.health-holistic-living.com
Once an exotic and unknown fruit, pomegranates have become popular in the past few years, being pumped into cereals, juices, bars, pills… you name it. Now, each of these selections may not actually be a healthy choice but there is no doubt about the health benefits that real pomegranates give the human body.
When most people think about these tiny red seeds they think about the high concentration of antioxidants. In a nutshell, antioxidants are important because they give electrons to free radicals (body pollution) so they don’t have to commit the crime of stealing from healthy cells in our bodies. Several recent studies have shown significant potential health benefits from drinking and eating fresh pomegranate fruit.
Here are some of the health benefits of pomegranates:
1. Anti-Inflammatory – Pomegranates fight off inflammation by alkalizing your body and get rid of inflammation. Many parts of our bodies get inflamed for different reasons. The pomegranates counters that by providing the body with a relaxation state from this chronic inflammation. Pomegranates decrease inflammation in the lining of blood vessels.
2. Lowers Blood Pressure – Drinking roughly 2 ounces of pomegranate juice per day can lower systolic blood pressure by as much as 5 percent.
3. Anti-Infective – According to a new Israeli study, pomegranates have an amazing ability to fight and prevent infection. Researchers discovered that patients with kidney disease who are undergoing dialysis can considerably reduce the risk of their infection simply by drinking a few cups of pomegranates juice once a week.
4. Lowers oxidative stress in your blood – Pomegranates is considered as one of the most anti-oxidant rich fruits in the world. Pomegranate juice had potent antiatherogenic effects in healthy humans and in atherosclerotic mice that may be attributable to its antioxidative properties.
5. Artery Protection – It prevents plaque from building up in the arteries and may reverse previous plaque buildup.
6. Fights Breast Cancer – Pomegranates can destroy breast cancer cells while leaving healthy cells alone. It may also prevent breast cancer cells from forming in the first place.
7. Lowers Cholesterol – Pomegranates lower LDL (bad cholesterol) and raises HDL (good cholesterol).
8. Slows Prostate Cancer – It slows the growth of prostate cancer in mice.
9. Lung Cancer Prevention – It may inhibit the development of lung cancer.
10. Dental Plaque Defense – Pomegranate juice may be a natural way to prevent dental plaque.
11. Bone Protection – Pomegranates may prevent cartilage deterioration and osteoarthritis.
12. Alzheimer’s Prevention – It may prevent and slow Alzheimer’s disease by decreasing accumulated amyloids (mutated proteins) within the body and brain.
Pomegranate juice is widely available commercially. However, if you are concerned about dilution, added sugars, or hidden ingredients, it is not too difficult to juice your own. Juice a large batch of fresh pomegranate juice and freeze leftovers into an ice club tray. Once the juice is frozen, transfer to a large re-sealable container for fresh keeping in the freezer. Cheers to your health!
Here’s one smoothie recipe that you can try using the pomegranate:
Pomegranate Berry Smoothie
- 2 cups organic, unsweetened frozen berries
- 1 cup pomegranate juice
- 1 medium banana
- ½ nonfat cottage cheese
- ½ cup water
- Prepare the banana, water, cheese and 2 cups of organic frozen berries.
- For the pomegranate, here is a hack in getting the seeds out from the fruit. Cut it into half. Then put it into the water. Peel them out in the water. You should see how the seeds are falling out. Grab a strainer and you shall now have your pomegranate seeds.
- Now that you have all of the ingredients, combine them and blend until smooth.