Pomegranate is a true gem with its beautiful ruby red “jewel-like” seeds (arils). It has been a traditional fruit in the Middle East for centuries. History tells of its use for fevers, inflammation, sore throats, diarrhea, arthritis, high blood pressure, anaemia, respiratory conditions, indigestion, blood circulation, strengthening the heart, and as a blood purifier and tonic. Magical!
Modern science has also shown that pomegranates offers a rich variety of powerful and protective benefits. Revered as a powerful elixir for women’s health, pomegranate contains a natural form of oestrogen as well as beneficial anti-oestrogenic constituents… making it ideal for hormonal balance. It is said to enhance fertility, balance mensteual cycles and correct PMS, boost libido and alleviate many menopausal symptoms like depression, vaginal dryness, bladder issues, bone loss (contains calcium) and hot flushes. It is seen as a possible safe alternative to the oestrogen often prescribed for osteoporosis and hormone replacement therapy.
Pomegranate is a source of resveratrol, a powerful antioxidant known to strengthen the nervous system and slow the ageing process. A beauty food! Used topically or orally, it can nourish and revitalise the skin. It is also anti-inflammatory, stimulating to the immune system and protective against breast, ovarian and other types of cancer, credit to its high levels of ellagic acid (a potent anticancer chemical).
Research has revealed pomegranate reduced LDL cholesterol. By taking 50ml of juice a day for 2 weeks it was found to reduce high blood pressure by 36%! Additionally, digestive upsets and inflammatory bowel disease have been found to be relieved by taking 20-50ml of pomegranate juice daily! Get juicing…
There are many ways to de-seed a pomegranate, with lots of tips and tricks to be found online. Personally, I like to slice it in quarters and break the fruit open, pulling at the seeds with my fingertips. Sometimes I do this in a bowl of water so the seeds sink to the bottom, whereas the white fleshy bits float to the top. Drain the water and place the seeds in a blender for 30 seconds. Pour fibrous juice through a small strainer over a medium sized bowl. Use the back of a spoon to push through the seeds to ensure all the juice is squeezed through. Transfer to a glass and enjoy. Add some chia seeds for an extra boost! Keep the seeds for smoothies, bliss balls or as a topping to oats! They are rich in potassium.
Reference: Shipard, I. 2013, How Can I Use My Herbs in my Daily Life? 6th Edn.