The Power of the Pomegranate
When I lived in Israel, I learned a lot about the
pomegranate. It comes from the area we
call Iran and has
become a bit of an icon for the three religions stemming from that
region of the world.
For the Jews, it represents the fruit that Eve
ate in the Book of Genesis, from the tree of the knowledge of good
and evil. Yes, everyone today calls it an apple, but the French
term, “pomegranate” means “Apple of Granada.”
A pomegranate is bright red with a “crown” on
The round red fruit with
its own crown, or calyx, decorated the robes of Jewish priests and
some of the pillars in the temple in Jerusalem. [BeliefNet]
I remember how it was a favorite fruit of Rosh
Hashana, the Jewish New Year. A rabbi explained to me that the fruit
contains exactly 613 seeds, the same number of mitzvaot, or
commandments. Then he winked at me.
Many a salad during that time of year contains
For Christians, pomegranates show up
symbolically in many religious paintings of the renaissance,
representing the “fullness
of his suffering and resurrection.”
As for Islam:
According to the Quran, the
gardens of paradise include pomegranates. It is important, tradition says,
to eat every seed of a pomegranate because one can't be sure which
aril came from paradise. The prophet Mohammed is said to have
encouraged his followers to eat pomegranates to ward off envy and
I also learned that the pomegranate has
been used a
for centuries. Just spill some juice on a white shirt and it will
take centuries to get that stain out.
Powerhouse Of Nutrition
Recently the pomegranate has been the
subject of quite a few studies. At WebMD you can find quite a bit on
this fruit, mainly because it not only helps prevent atherosclerosis
(hardening of the arteries) but it also appears to soften those
hardened arteries and remove some of that gunky plaque. [PubMed]
When you start to clear clogged arteries,
you find your blood pressure starts to normalize. There is no
medicine that does this, but this friendly fruit seems to do it, all
while tasting delicious. [WebMD]
Pomegranates are filled with nutrition.
They are super rich in antioxidants: tannins, polyphenols, and
anthocyanins. From our article on
the water-soluble flavonoid pigments in fruits and vegetables that
help inhibit inflammatory COX-1 and COX-2 enzymes. [British Journal
of Sports Medicine, 2006] Many of the fruits listed below contain
these phytochemicals, however here is a graph we got from Wikipedia.
Not in the graph is Red Cabbage, which is the vegetable with the
most anthocyanins. In fact, a study published in Scientific
Horticulture stated that red cabbage contained 36 different
anthocyanins which help with neurological functions, promote
cardiovascular health, and assist with weight loss.
How do these anthocyanins assist with weight loss? Well, I wrote
this little article on a hormone found in fat cells called
When adiponectin is released, it lowers inflammation, decreases
appetite, and initiates the fat burning process. I’m sure Dr Oz has
called Raspberry Ketones a MIRACLE, when in reality, it’s the
anthocyanins in raspberries that are doing all the work, and it’s no
miracle; just microbiology.
A strict low carb diet is deadly because our bodies need these
amazing phytochemicals found in fruits. Anthocyanin increases the
amount of adiponectin in our blood stream, and as many of you know,
the energy you get from burning fat is greater than what you get
burning sugar. Also, most of us will deplete our sugar stores long
before we run out of fat.
Now get this: at
I found the following:
It [the pomegranate] is also used for
conditions of the digestive tract, including diarrhea,
dysentery, and tapeworm and other intestinal parasites.
For years I’ve given my pups coconut oil because it’s
parasiticidic . [Don’t get to use that word much.] Coconut oil
is one of the best remedies for parasites, but now we have another
weapon in our arsenal.
And finally, this powerhouse of a fruit helps prevent prostate
cancer, and if you already have prostate cancer, pomegranate juice
slows its growth. [University
of Maryland Medical School]
So, to sum it up, pomegranate juice is a powerhouse of
antioxidants and phytochemicals that protect the heart, help heal
atherosclerosis, boost the immune system, protect from cancer, and
help you to lose weight.
Have I got that all?
Oh…I forgot. It’s really TASTY!
You can add it to a smoothie, a salad dressing, and even a curry
dish as they do in India. I made a curry last week with lots of
turmeric (truth be told, I put a bit of turmeric in practically
everything I make), and I added a bit of
coconut milk powder to the
recipe to finish it off. But then an idea hit me. I tossed in a
heaping tablespoon of pomegranate juice powder and all I can say is:
It really added just a little something. And now,
today, all my workout drinks contain a bit of
beet juice powder and pomegranate
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