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Power of the Pomegranate

There’s a new movie that just hit the theaters called Noah that is of course based on the biblical character. I haven’t seen it yet, but I know how it ends because I’ve read the book. There are a number of life lessons that can be gleaned from the account. Here are just a few. Plan ahead; it wasn’t raining when Noah built the Ark. Build your future on high ground. Remember, the Ark was built by amateurs, the Titanic by professionals. Stay fit. When you’re old pomegranate_seeds_red_picsomeone might ask you to do something really big. Don’t listen to critics; just get on with the job that needs to be done. And most of all; don’t miss the boat.

It’s particularly important to not miss the boat when it comes to your diet and health. One of my favorite foods as a youth, and that I have now become an even bigger fan of due to its amazing nutritional powers, was the fruit with a crown, the pomegranate.

Let me share a few interesting factoids:

The pomegranate is one of the oldest known fruits and is thought to be native to Persia.

There are a number of Bible scholars that believe that the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden account was actually the pomegranate.

The ancient Egyptians and Greeks often buried their dead with pomegranates thinking that it brought them eternal life. Similarly, in Chinese Herbology, they prescribe pomegranate juice as a longevity treatment.

The pomegranate was first brought to the U.S. by the Spanish Conquistadors and now thrives in the desert southwest states.

pomegranate_seeds_fruit_juice_picPomegranate plants or trees can grow to almost two-stories in height, and can live for more than a century.

Now let me share a few of the amazing health benefits and medicinal powers that scientific research is uncovering:

The pomegranate is overall one of the most potent and nutrient dense foods in nature. It is chock-full of vitamins, minerals, and enzymes. A whole, average sized pomegranate only has about 100 calories. It’s a rich source of both soluble and insoluble fiber, which is contained mainly in the kernel or seed. The juice is an interesting blend of sweet and tart. And it is reputed to have the same aphrodisiac powers as chocolate. Had any chocolate covered pomegranates lately?

Pomegranates are one of the most potent suppliers of antioxidants in nature, providing twice the number as blackberries, three times the number as green tea or blueberries, and four times the number as the same sized orange.

Pomegranate fans say that they are a true superfood, a cure-all for ailments from an upset stomach to high blood pressure to hemorrhoids and are even beneficial for diabetics. Studies show that it boosts the immune system, decreases inflammation, and cleanses the body and blood from toxins and parasites. Pomegranates are heart healthy, not only decreasing cholesterol, but actually dissolving the volume of fat plaques in the vessels. They act pomegranate_seeds_bowl_red_piclike aspirin, keeping platelets from clumping together, thus reducing the possibility of heart-attack and stroke.

Though getting to the precious cargo of the pomegranate may look daunting, the pay-off is so worth it. Don’t let it be your forbidden fruit, let it be one of your preferred fruits. Make it a part of your daily diet and it may make your skin glow like its color inside.

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