Pomegranate infinite benefits…if only people knew…

Guys!!! Today I chose to talk about pomegranate (reman in Arabic) because it’s its season now and it’s a must for all of you to know how beneficial it is for our health!! We have to consume it guys! Don’t miss it when your mom tells you to eat it or gives you pomegranate juice to drink or pours pomegranate molasses (The famous debess el reman) on your salads!

- Just careful because some pomegranate molasses come with too much added sugar and some don’t, and of course it is better to consume without or with very little sugar added. The best option is to do it at home! Boil 4 cups of pomegranate with ¼ cup of sugar and ¼ cup lemon juice for 1 hour while simmering. Pour out into a jar. Let cool. Store chilled in the refrigerator.

- Also don’t allow yourself to drink more than 1 glass of juice (made with 1 fruit). This was just 2 quick advices before I start listing the numerous benefits of this wonderful and yummy fruit!

Oh but before let me just tell you a short story, last March I was in Istanbul and I saw so many people in the streets squeezing pomegranate and selling the juice, I really loved it and I loved the machine to squeeze the pomegranate, actually it’s amazing! I don’t know if they sell it in Lebanon but it would be nice to have one at home! A machine that squeezes some health for our heart!

I knew how healthy it was and decided to take advantage of this opportunity of having someone squeeze the pomegranate juice for me and I decided to drink one everyday.

And check what BBC news posted about a study conducted a few years ago: Dr Bogle said: “This study tests the idea that drinking a glass of pomegranate juice every day improves the function of blood vessels, reduces hardening of the arteries and improves heart health.”

“Pomegranate juice contains the highest antioxidant capacity compared to other juices, red wine and green tea,” said Professor Michael Aviram, who led the team.

Researcher Dr Richard Bogle said the fruit contained polyphenolics, tannins and anthocyanins – all compounds that could have a beneficial effect.

Guys and this is just the beginning…

1- Pomegranate reduces total cholesterol and LDL bad cholesterol levels.

2- HDL cholesterol protects our heart and arteries but to be functioning well it has to be linked to an enzyme called paraoxonase-1 (PON-1). When we age the production of the enzyme diminishes thus the capacity of protection against infarction reduces too. Some nutrients are capable of increasing the production of PON-1 like resveratrol, quercetin and pomegranate!

3-  Because it’s a powerful antioxidant and because it reduces inflammation: pomegranate prevents diseases like diabetes, hypertension, obesity, depression

4- For the same reason it prevents the fast aging of the skin

5- It strengthens your immune system preventing you from having flu

6- Boiling the shell helps soothe a sore throat and helps reduce menopause symptoms because it has a similar action as estrogen

7- It is rich in vitamins A, C, E and iron

8-  The presence of anthocyanins which give pomegranate the red color prevents from cancer and from the multiplication of cancerous cells by reducing the proliferation of new blood vessels that feed these cells.

9- Pomegranate juice contains: anthocyanins, quercetin, catechins and tannins, all so powerful against the murderers of this century: cardiac diseases, diabetes and cancer!

But guys careful with quantities…even too much of something good can be bad

Now try sprinkling some over your breakfast muesli, or lunchtime baba ghanouj (smashed eggplant)! Sahtein!!

Samia Khoury Dietitian

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