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The Pomegranate

Pomegranate: from the Latin meaning ‘seeded apple’ is a fruit as old as civilization. The pomegranate tree has been cultivated since antiquity in the middle East in the area known as the cradle of civilization. This region includes Iraq, Iran, Turkey, Syria and beyond. Pomegranates figure prominently in many cultures from Armenia across central Asia to China.   These ruby fruits are heralded as a symbol for fertility, abundance, prosperity, health and well being. The associations of pomegranates
with wealth, abundance, prosperity and fertility can easily be
transferred to our present day understanding of this fruit as a rich
source of polyphenol anti-oxidants.
 

The pomegranate
tops all other conventional fruits,
in its ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) value, making it one of
the most powerful antioxidant fruits.  In scientific studies it has been shown to benefit
cardiovascular function, healthy cell replication and antioxidant
protection. These health benefits are due to the phytochemicals
compounds such as ellagic acid, gallic acid, anthocyanins, and tannins,
including punicalagin and other powerful phytonutrients.
 
Clinical and experimental studies show the pomegranate juice:

  • Decreases Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL) oxidation
  • Enhances cellular (macrophage) glutathione
  • Helps maintain regular platelet activity
  • Reduces activity of angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE)
  • Supports normal vascular contraction.
  • Promotes normal cell function and replication 

In the last 15 years this fruit’s popularity has surged due to the abundance of nutrients in its ruby red juice. Here in California pomegranate fruits hang heavy on the branch like ruby jeweled tree ornaments. California is a main production center for pomegranates and pomegranate juice. This ancient fruit has found a new home in the world of functional foods. Its wide popularity is not surprising because its nutrient density is complemented by its sweet tangy flavor.

One of the best ways to use this functional food is in the form of the pomegranate juice concentrate which is available year round. By using it in
concentrate form you will get a powerful dose of the anti-oxidants in
just a tablespoon of juice. The Premier Research Labs Pomegranate Elixade is made fresh from organically grown pomegranates and nothing else.

Easy Ways to Use Premier Research Labs Pomegranate Elixade

  • mix in sparkling water for a refreshing tonic
  • accentuate a smoothie 
  • stir into plain yogurt for sweet and tangy treat 
  • add to frozen treats like vegan or regular ice cream
  • use in a Middle Eastern recipe such as Fesenjan

On a final note pomegranate juice, like grapefruit juice, may interact with a number of medications. People on any medication, especially on anti-hypertensive or cholesterol lowering medications, or people who are allergic to many plants, should consult their physician before taking pomegranate juice or pomegranate products.

The Pomegranate Ancient Myth and Modern Health

The Pomegranate fruit has been revered by humans since biblical times. This rich superfruit has mythological and ritual significance and was viewed as a symbol of fertility and abundance. While most fruits and foods have undergone much genetic altering by humans over the centuries the pomegranate is relatively the same now as it was thousands of years ago.

The pomegranate is mentioned in the Bible and the Quran, two ancient holy books. It is also a popular fruit in Greek, Roman, Egyptian and Hindu mythology. The associations of Pomegranates with wealth, abundance, prosperity and fertility can easily be transfered to our present day understanding of this fruit as a rich source of polyphenol anti-oxidants.

There are few fruits as highly and widely revered as the Pomegranate this makes me wonder if our ancient brothers and sisters know something we are just finding out? While modern research into this fruit is relatively new it does show promise and anecdotal reports from regular Pomegranate juice consumers suggests that it helps with blood pressure, cholesterol, gum strength and the prostate.

How to Use:

Pomegranate juice concentrate is easy to incorporate into you lifestyle, my favorite way to use it is to simply add it to a little bubbly water to make a natural soda. Or you can add a tablespoon of the juice concentrate to smoothies, you will be shock by the amazing tastes you can create as it pairs well with many other fruits. Another stellar way to use this juice concentrate is in the morning mixed into yogurt, talk about yum! The sweet and tart flavor of pomegranate mixed with the creaminess of yogurt is heaven. Expand your imagination and see what you can come up with as you explore the complex and delicious taste of Pomegranate Juice Concentrate.

More on Pomegranate Health Benefits:

The pomegranate
tops all other conventional fruits,
in its ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) value, making it one of the most powerful antioxidant fruits.  In scientific studies it has been shown to benefit
cardiovascular function, healthy cell replication and antioxidant
protection. These health benefits are contributed by phytochemicals
compounds such as ellagic acid, gallic acid, anthocyanins, and tannins,
including punicalagin and other powerful phytonutrients.
 
Clinical and experimental studies show the pomegranate juice:

  • Decreases Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL) oxidation
  • Enhances cellular (macrophage) glutathione
  • Helps maintain regular platelet activity
  • Reduces activity of angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE)
  • Supports normal vascular contraction.
  • Promotes normal cell function and replication

 This ancient fruit has many modern uses, it is widely popular for good reason; it is super good for you and super tasty. And, by using it in concentrate form you will get a powerful dose of the anti-oxidants in just a tablespoon of juice. The Premier Research Labs Pomegranate Rejuvenate is made fresh from organically grown pomegranates and nothing else.

This piece was written and compiled for Zebra Organics by Mark D’Aquila, flower essence practitioner, www.essencealchemy.com