Pomegranate or punica granatum (literally, seeded apple) is a fruit bearing shrub which reportedly originated in the vicinity of modern day Iran and Iraq. Pomegranates have been cultivated since ancient times in many different varieties, dating back to biblical times and at various times were considered a symbol of prosperity, ambition, health, fertility and eternal life. The fruit has been used traditionally as a juice, syrup, as a wine; in smoothies and in cooking, baking or as a garnish. The plant can be used for a crop or alternatively as a decorative shrub in gardens, parks or places of business. One of the major advantages is that the shrub is drought resistant so that it is water saving.
Pomegranates have amazing health benefits which support immunity to disease. The seeds are a source of vitamins C which is necessary for fighting against the common cold and a vitamin K which is essential for blood coagulation and absorption of calcium in the body. In addition, extracts from the rind, bark and the juice have been used to stop nose bleeds, gum bleeds and also to eliminate intestinal parasites. This amazing fruit is also a good source of dietary fibre.
Studies have shown that pomegranates have more antioxidant properties than red wine, blueberries and cranberries so that it is really effective in fighting free radicals. Indeed it is claimed that pomegranates reduce the risk of heart disease, hypertension and inhibits viral infections. It is said that the punicalagin in pomegranates which benefits the heart and blood vessels, lowers cholesterol and blood pressure, reduce heart plaque and the risk of breast, prostate and colon cancers and leukaemia. Furthermore, extracts from the rind is considered to have antibacterial properties used for fighting dental plaque and is therefore an ingredient in herbal toothpaste. The fruit is also believed to reduce joint pain and inflammation.
No wonder pomegranate juice is so expensive in the supermarket! If pomegranates did only half of the things they are purported to do, shouldn’t they be an important part of your diet. Have you considered planting a tree for its fruit and aesthetic appeal? Visit www.myonebusinessnetwork.com for more articles on gardening and related matters.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pomegranate (Accessed: 22 October 2014)
www.drfuhrman.com/library/article19.aspx (Accessed: 22 October 2014)