The wisdom of minding the cycles of nature and consuming fresh, seasonal produce is something we all need to regain in the subcontinent.When it comes to pomegranate its harvest time is somewhere between October to February, roughly coinciding with the cold months. Is it any wonder that this fruit is little short of a miracle worker in building up the immunity, enhancing brain function, heart and blood health and skeletal and muscular strength? I think not. It's no coincidence that in the months that we find ourselves most vulnerable to illness we are gifted with such an amazing treasure and source of healing nutrition.
Moreover, pomegranate is an excellent aid in women's menstrual health, increasing blood circulation, reducing blood clotting and easing menstrual cramps. Pomegranate juice is meant to be extremely beneficial for prostate and sexual health for men. The USDA ranks pomegranate juice the 5th STRONGEST ANTIOXIDANT.
Caution: It may interact badly with certain medication(blood pressure, cholesterol, anticoagulant, anticonvulsant medication etc.) Consult your doctor before consuming pomegranate juice.
HEALTH & HEALING BENEFITS:
Anti viral properties, the antioxidants and vit. C boost the immune system
*HEART & BLOOD HEALTH:
Fatty acids and protein help protect against stroke, heart disease and diabetes, and lower blood pressure. Vit. C and potassium promote heart health, while folate reduces the risk of heart disease and hypertension. Vitamin K is important is in matters related to the blood, such as regulating clotting and menstrual flow.
Pomegranates boost the health of prostate in men.
*STRONG BONES & MUSCLES:
Vitamin K, protein, phosphorus and magnesium support Calcium in maintaining strong bones. Potassium helps build strong muscles and ease muscle cramps.
Fibre and carbohydrates aid digestive health and reduce cholesterol. They also maintain bowel regularity and reduce risk of diabetes and gastrointestinal disease. Folate improves fat metabolism.
*ENHANCED BRAIN FUNCTION:
Folate is important for brain function and is especially important during pregnancy for reducing risk of spinal and mental defects in the fetus. It may also help protect against Alzheimer's.
Omega-6, magnesium, and selenium reduce joint inflammation.
It's safe to say that there are plenty of reasons to indulge in loads of fresh pomegranate this season. Enjoy!
source: The Illustrated Food Remedies Sourcebook by C. Normna Shealy