Until recently, I assumed that everyone ate pomegranate arils whole, crunchy inner seed and all. As I learned, some folks prefer to spit the seeds out as one might do with watermelons. By doing so you may missing out on some of the pomegranate’s health benefits!
Pomegranate seeds contain a high number of antioxidants, which help protect the body against inflammation and free radical damage. These antioxidants, referred to as polyphenols, include tannins, flavonoids, and anthocyanin. Antioxidants also help in the maintenance and repair of the damaged cells of the body.
Pomegranate seeds are packed with nutrients including minerals such as iron, potassium and calcium, vitamins such as vitamin C, vitamin E and vitamin A and folic acid. They are also a rich source of fiber, which may help you stay fuller longer than just eating the arils alone.
Due to the rich nutrient content of pomegranate seeds, pomegranate is considered as a magic fruit which helps in maintaining the health of our heart. Eating pomegranate regularly helps in evading diseases of the heart and also diminishes the risk of occurrence of a stroke. Apart from preventing heart diseases, pomegranate seeds are also known to improve various other diseases such as skin allergies, arthritis, urinary tract infections, osteoporosis, sore throats, digestive disorders, worm infestation, impurities of blood and diabetes mellitus. It is also suggested by modern scientists that pomegranate seeds can help in alleviating cancers such as that of prostate and skin. Pomegranate seeds have also proven effective in removing the fat from the body, especially from the digestive system.
Eating a pomegranate can be a messy venture, but is made neater when you actually eat the entire seed. Start by cutting the fruit in half. Then, spoon out the tiny red jewels into a bowl. You can add the seeds to salads, yogurt, oatmeal, desserts, or whatever you want!
You can save the seeds by spreading them on a baking sheet and freezing them for two hours. Then transfer them to freezer bags and put them back in the freezer. This will make them last for up to one year.
You can also juice pomegranates. Use a juicer or simply squeeze the fruit, separating the fibers with a strainer. Use the juice to make something refreshing and delicious drink, like the one on your screen. The juice can be refrigerated for up to three days or kept in the freezer for up to six months.
Pomegranate Basil Drink
2 cups pomegranate juice
1/3 cup fresh basil leaves
2 teaspoons honey
1. Combine 1/2 cup pomegranate juice and basil leaves in a food processor and process for 10 seconds. Strain mixture through a fine wire-mesh strainer, discarding solids. Add remaining 2 1/2 cups juice to mixture along with honey; stir to combine.
2. Pour mixture into an 11x7-inch glass baking dish. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze at least 6 hours, or until firm.
3. Remove from freezer and let stand 15 minutes. Scrape mixture with the tines of a fork for a chunky granita or cut mixture into small chunks and pulse in a food processor, in batches, until smooth. Serve immediately or refreeze.
Drinking pomegranate juice regularly may help the skin of older people stay supple and healthy, preventing the typical loss of skin elasticity. Cartilage deterioration may be prevented, decreased or delayed, helping to prevent the onset or progression of osteoarthritis.
In addition, pomegranate juice may help men with erectile dysfunction. One study found that men who had mild to moderate erectile dysfunction experienced improvement after drinking pomegranate juice. More significantly, the juice helps protect against prostate cancer by inhibiting the body’s production of PSA. PSA levels in men with prostate cancer are stabilized when they drink pomegranate juice regularly.
Therefore, as you can see, there are lots of health benefits of eating pomegranate seeds regularly. Despite beliefs to the contrary, the seeds within are both mild tasting and good for you.
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