Pomegranates are native to Iran but grow pretty much everywhere in the Mediterannean; in Russia; in India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh; in Armenia and Azerbaijan; in North America (California and Arizona); although not native it is grown in Asia (China and Korea).
The amount of clinical studies examining pomegranate effects on health is astounding and includes such topics as cancer, male infertility, memory issues, diabetes, aging, osteoporosis – the list goes on. Exciting, isn’t it?”
WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU?
Pomegranates are rich in vitamin K (great for bone health, beneficial in fighting Alzheimer’s disease and type 2 diabetes) and vitamin C; folate and various powerful free-radical hunting polyphenols. The white seeds contain dietary fiber.
Recent research has proven that pomegranate juice can lower blood pressure and reduce further heart disease risks. However: don’t fall for juice manufacturers’ bold promises – it’s the holistic approach to nutrition that’s key, not just binge eating something presumably “good for you”.
NOM NOM NOM!
I know that it’s crucial to eat the seeds to get the dietary fiber but personally I just can’t; I don’t like them 😀 My preferred ways to enjoy pomegranate are:
+ Pure NFC organic pomegranate juice in the morning, when carbs are best metabolised; I add just a bit of water to the juice – first: fruit juices are best digestible when “spritzed”, second: while pomegranate juice can be sweet and delicious it also can be really nastily, face-implosion-causing sour;
+ Pomegranate sauce, like narsharab, to go with rice and vegetables – and an awful lot of chilies!
+ Nibbling seeds in the evening, while reading emails or watching my fave series bought on iTunes.
And have you ever read those guides that tell you to cut the pomegranate in two and then to smack it so the seeds all pop out? Tell you what: has never worked for me. My way to go is to cut a small triangle into the top, ideally without touching any seeds inside. Then you can pull the fruit in two or three bigger parts, and into smaller segments. From there it’s really easy-peasy.
In cosmetics, pomegranate extract and seed oil are pretty widely used – Weleda, Dr Hauschka, Ilia Beauty, Lavera, Primavera… the list goes on and on!
Pomegranate seed oil is a powerful anti-aging agent of a rich texture, so it’s better to use the pure oil in the evening.