6 Facts About The Pomegranate
1. Pomegranates May Be “Temptation” Fruit
Pomegranates are considered the fruit of eternal life, abundance, and fertility. There are some scholars and researchers that believe the pomegranate, not the apple, was the fruit that Eve tempted Adam with in the Bible. In that case, it was the pomegranate not the apple that was the “forbidden fruit”, that got Adam and Eve banished from the Garden of Eden.
2. Pomegranates Were Delicacies to the Ancients.
Sugared arils (pomegranate seeds) were a rare treat at Chinese weddings thousands of years ago. Then the couple walked through pomegranates to their marriage bed. The pomegranate was supposed to make the marriage fruitful and abundant.
3. Pomegranates Were Used In Ancient Medicine
In ancient Egypt the pomegranate was used extensively to treat infections and intestinal parasites and as an antioxidant.
Every part of the pomegranate was used for healing in ancient India. In the practice known as Ayurveda medicine, the fruit the rind and even the pomegranate tree bark combined was thought to be a cure for stomach problems. It was also used as a poultice to heal wounds. The seeds and juice were considered remedies for the throat, eyes and heart.
4. Pomegranates Contain Powerful Health Benefits
In 2013 alone, 44 clinical trials registered with the National Institutes of Health reviewed the effects of pomegranate extracts and juices various ailments (common cold, prostate cancer, tooth decay, arthritis). Preliminary research has shown, in almost every case, pomegranate juice is effective in treatment and may help prevent viral infections.
Pomegranates have a multitude of phytochemicals, which have free-radical and foraging properties. They are proven antioxidants. Pomegranates are also filled with Vitamin C and polyphenols.
Antioxidants in pomegranates can prevent or slow the growth of cataracts in the eyes. Pomegranate juice is a powerful anti-inflammatory which decreases swelling and reduces pain in diseases like arthritis. The extract from the pomegranate is a powerful bacteria killer and helps in the prevention of gingivitis, tooth decay and gum disease. There are also anti-aging properties and blood builders which improve circulation, prevent skin damage and wrinkles and are especially known to fight prostate cancer and impotence.
5. How To Separate the Arils from the Pulp
Many of the health benefits of the pomegranate are in the seeds (arils). Make sure when you cut open a pomegranate you save the seeds and soak them in a bowl of water. The seeds will sink and the pulp will float to the top. Always get rid of the pulp, which is a whitish color. The pulp is not to be eaten or for human consumption.
6. Plumegranates are Plums Not Pomegrantes
Plumegranates are from the plum family. It is a myth that they are actually pomegranates. Their fruit has a thin dark purple skin and deep purple fruit inside. The plumegrante like the pomegranate has a healthy dose of antioxidants (as much as 4 times the levels in a pomegranate). Despite any their names, plumegranates are plums.
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, National Institute of Health (NIH)