Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Pomegranate Health Facts And Some History too

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This is my 10th Thursday 13!

If you've never seen beautiful pomegranate blossoms in several stages, be sure to look at my previous post (just click on the link). Pomegranates are not only beautiful and tasty, they are extremely healthy too. Be sure to check back tomorrow for some yummy pomegranate dessert recipes. In the meantime, Happy Thursday to all!
  1. The pomegranate tree is native from Iran to the Himalayas in northern India;
  2. It has been cultivated and naturalized over the entire Mediterranean region since ancient times and is mentioned in various Bible verses;
  3. The tree was introduced into California by Spanish settlers in 1769;
  4. Pomegranates are popular decorator items;
  5. The juice can be used in a variety of ways: fresh juice, syrup, jellies, sorbets, savory or sweet sauces, to flavor cakes, baked fruits, etc.;
  6. Pomegranate syrup is called grenadine;
  7. The juice can also be made into a wine;
  8. The American Journal of the College of Cardiology published research in September 2005 that eight ounces of pomegranate juice daily for three months improved the amount of oxygen getting to the heart muscle of patients with coronary heart disease;
  9. Other researchers reported in the Journal of Urology (July 2005) that long-term consumption of pomegranate juice may help combat erectile dysfunction;
  10. Scientists at Case Western Reserve University have reported that tissue cultures of human cartilage cells respond to pomegranate extract. Inflammation is reduced and the enzymes that break down cartilage become less active, helping those with arthritis. (Journal of Nutrition, Sept. 2005);
  11. In June 2004, Clinical Nutrition, published a small clinical study by Israeli researchers, suggesting that drinking a glass of pomegranate juice a day for one year reduced blood pressure (particularly systolic pressure) and slowed down LDL cholesterol (the bad cholesterol) oxidation;
  12. Pomegranate fruits contain polyphenols, tannins and anthocyanins - all are beneficial antioxidants. Pomegranate juice contains high levels of antioxidants - higher than most other fruit juices, red wine and green tea.
  13. Pomegranate juice has also been found to have neonatal benefits. In a study published in 2005 in Pediatric Research, the investigators found that supplementing the breast-feeding mother with pomegranate juice was neuroprotective for the neonatal brain of infants with traumatic births (such as those where the umbilical cord is wrapped around the neck which can cause a lack of oxygen to the baby’s brain, and result in minimal to extensive brain damage and disability).
See why you should eat pomegranates
and drink their juice too?

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  1. Okay, I'm going out to get some pomegranate juice!

    Thank you soooo much!!!

    Much love with great appreciation,

  2. I just had pomegranate juice yesterday. Well, it was "half" but it was still yummy! :)

  3. I hardly knew anything about pomegranates. Now I feel like an expert :-)

  4. All this time, and I never knew what grenadine was!

    Very interesting post. Thank you.

  5. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, I LOVE pomegranates. Now you got me drooling!!!!

    Stop by if you can find time and read my'll knock your socks off, pro'lly!

  6. My husband loves pomegranates but not the juice - it's a little weird to me that pomegranate juice is everywhere now but (shruggging)

    Happy TT!

  7. Thanks for the scoop about this interesting fruit.

  8. I use to eat them alot as a kid...not so much anymore. Great info. Happy TT.

  9. I wondered what grenadine was too; I thought it was something British. I have been buying blueberry/pomegranate juice and now I feel glad that I did something right. I'm going to drink it even more now.

  10. I have never eaten a pomegranate, perhaps I will go in search of one soon. Great TT.

  11. I love the juice. Very interesting facts. Happy T13!

  12. I love pomegranates but had no idea about this delectable fruit.

    Wishing you and yours health, balance and joy.

    Modern Musings' Thursday Thirteen 01

  13. I don't care for the taste, thanks for the information tho.

    Have a great T13.

  14. So much good from this pretty pungent fruit

    good list
    name game fun

  15. I have not bought a pomegranate before. I don't know what to do with it. I'm going to check out your next post so maybe I could learn what to make. Thanks for the information it is very interesting. Happy TT

  16. I love the taste of Pomegranate juice eating one is not so much fun lol Happy TT

  17. Thank you all for stopping by.

    b boys mom: Thank you for your comment and feedback.
    I have added two recipes, direction on how to open fresh pomegranates, which part is edible and a link to POM Wonderful.

  18. Bonsoir Joy:

    Un dessert delicieux. Le fromage avec des fruit fait sous la forme d'un gâteaua est tellement bon. Merci par te visite et tes commentaires. Je vais lire ton email. Merci et à bientôt

  19. I love pomagranate juice. I didn't know I didn't know so much about pomagranates!

    Great TT list. Stop by my blog... my TT is up also.


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