Pomegranate for Health


Health professionals, fitness guides, and lately the media have all praised the delicious pomegranate which has the antioxidant potency that is the equal of green tea, without the aluminum. As such the fruit is highly desirable in an aging population that has become conscious of cellular damage enacted on the body by free radicals.

According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition: "Pomegranates are proving to be the most powerful antioxidant source available, better than red wine, tomatoes, vitamin E and a variety of other headline makers." As well as health publications, the crimson fruit is even being touted by the fashion world. According to Vogue Magazine: "Move over, blueberries - it's all about pomegranates. Scientists have been obsessing over the fruit more than ever. Labs have discovered pomegranates are good for the heart!"

If you need to engage in a daily ritual like the old "apple a day" saying, then perhaps it is time to add the royal fruit to your regimen. According to a Reuters story: "Pomegranate Juice Each Day May Keep the Cardiologist Away." The fruit can also lower cholesterol. In a study published by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, men drinking pomegranate juice significantly increased the antioxidant level in their blood, and reduced oxidation of LDL cholesterol.

Pomegranates also contain various nutritious and pharmacological substances such as vitamins B1, B2, C and niacin, potassium, amino acids tannins and alkaloids. As a potent source of antioxidants, the pomegranate is rich in polyphenols, which promote a healthy cardiovascular system. Studies of healthy subjects showed that even moderate consumption of the juice could have significant beneficial results.

According to studies at an Israeli Institute of Technology, the cholesterol oxidation process - which creates atherosclerotic lesions that narrow arteries and result in heart disease - was slowed by as much as 40 percent when healthy subjects drank 2 to 3 ounces of pomegranate juice a day for two weeks. The juice also reduced the retention of "bad" cholesterol that after its oxidation accumulates to form atherosclerotic lesions.

If certain foods and products should be included in the diet on a daily basis, even in small quantity, the pomegranate stands above all others for its proven track record of reducing effects of aging and promoting a healthier and happier individual.

You can often be creative with your pomegranate, inventing what is unusual, tasty and healthy. One of the least favorite foods in terms of health could be considered corn. Take whole corn kernels, add them to a wok, along with garlic, cauliflower pieces, and extra virgin olive oil, and mix in pomegranate seeds. Heat and stir until all of the popcorn pops. And there you have Pomegranate Popcorn, and without all that extra salt that you don't otherwise need.


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