The pomegranate has been a popular fruit since Biblical times. Native to regions such as Iran, India, Turkey, Persian, Mesopotamia and Egypt, this fruit grows easily year-round because these regions have mild winters. Since the air is dry and the summers are hot, these types of climates are ideal for pomegranate growth. This fruit can be eaten by itself or “used in cooking, baking, meal garnishes, juice blends, smoothies, and alcoholic beverages, such as cocktails and wine” (Wikipedia).
Introduced by Spanish settlers in 1769, the cultivation and growth of pomegranates became popular in states such as California and Arizona. Soon the people of the United States started to enjoy a delicious fruit. Not only does this fruit taste good, there are many health benefits to eating this super fruit.
Pomegranates are an excellent fruit to keep in your refrigerator if you want to protect your heart from diseases since this fruit is a natural blood thinner. When you have high levels of bad cholesterol in your bloodstream, your arteries get clogged up with fatty buildup. This causes high blood pressure, because your heart has to work faster to move the blood through the arteries. This in turn can lead to a heart attack or stroke. Eating pomegranates as a fruit or drinking it as a juice can reduce the amount of bad cholesterol. Therefore it also can reduce the chances of getting a heart attack or stroke.
The edible seeds of pomegranates also increase the amount of oxygen that travels to your heart since they prevent clots in your blood stream. Not only are you doing your heart good, you are doing your entire body a big favor since this fruit increases energy by improving the circulation of blood and oxygen throughout the entire circulation system. This also gives people, especially athletes, more energy and stamina. This also helps if you have a hectic schedule and are feeling fatigued. Pomegranates give you the edge to get through the day.
Pomegranates contain tannins which is are excellent anti-inflammatory properties. It helps people who suffer from arthritis and gout by reducing pain, swelling and aches in joints. Pomegranates contain antioxidant properties which we need to protect our bodies against free radicals or damaged cells. These damaged cells will attack the good ones and damage them as well. This fruit plays a key role of destroying the bad cells before they cause any further damage.
Pomegranates can be used to help individuals with relief from problems with their stomachs because they contain anti-viral properties. It is an excellent remedy to relieve stomach ailments such as:
Motion and Morning Sickness
Stomach cramps due to Menstruation
Pomegranates contain expectorant properties. This fruit helps with respiratory problems such as
You can find pomegranates at most grocery stores in the produce section. You can also purchase it as a juice. However, check the labels to make sure how much juice you are actually getting. Some juices contain very little natural juices.
You can also purchase many products containing pomegranates at youR local health food store, or in the health and beauty aisle at your local grocery store or Wal-Mart. These products include:
You can also purchase these products on line at sites such as, EBay and Amazon.
Both the fruit and the seeds of pomegranates are edible. However, the peel is not edible. This fruit can be messy to eat and can stain clothing. Therefore, the best way to eat pomegranates is to cut the fruit in half and use a spoon to scoop out the seeds and innards.