The Wonders of Pomegranate
If we want a fruit that dates back centuries ago, we have to consider pomegranate. Pomegranate is one of the oldest fruits in the world. In fact, it is found in early artefacts and writing of many religions and cultures. Pomegranate is otherwise known as punica granatum and it originally sprung in Persia (modern day Iran).
There are some Singaporeans who are familiar with the fruit but there are others that are not. For those that are not familiar with the fruit, pomegranate is a red fruit. It has a tough outer layer but we should not be deceived by its look. Inside the tough layer, there’s juice and seeds that are edible. Pomegranate is widely available here in Singapore. Juices are in most grocery stores. If we do not want to consume everything, we can just put it in a plastic bag and it can last up to two months.
The seeds are particularly full of nutrition. It contains phytochemical compounds, polyphenols, antioxidants and flavonoids. This fruit made a comeback after some clinical results. According to researchers from Israel, a 4 ounce glass pomegranate juice (with 3 dates) could protect us against the accumulation of lipids in our arterial walls by 33%.
Here are some wonders of pomegranate:
- Anti-cancer and immune supporting effects: Clinical tests show the potential of pomegranate as an anti-cancer treatment. It hinders breast cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer and leukaemia. It does not end there because it can also thwart vascular changes that accelerate tumor growth.
- Constrains abnormal platelet aggregation: Potent antioxidant compounds can constrain abnormal platelet aggregation. Abnormal platelet aggregation can cause embolic disease, strokes and heart attacks.
- Lowers cholesterol and lowers blood pressure: Pomegranate contains punicalagin which can benefit our heart and its blood vessels. Punicalagin lowers cholesterol and blood pressure which can effectively melt heart blockages.
- Improving depression: Pomegranate contains phytochemical compounds that can secret serotonin and oestrogen. This will improve the symptoms of depression.
We also need to get acquainted with the concept of seeding. Seeding will get us all the nutrients in the seed. Seeding is not easy but it is all worth it. If we want to know how to see pomegranate, we only need to ask or to research. We can also make pomegranate more interesting by making smoothies.
Not all people appreciate the wonders of pomegranate. It is time that we discover it. If we want to see and feel its benefits, we only need to secure one or more.
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