Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Pomegranate Reduces Intestinal Inflammation, Enriches Blood, Cleans Arteries and Protects Against Cancer

Pomegranates are nearly round, 2-1/2 to 5 in.
wide fruit crowned at the base by the
prominent calyx.

The tough, leathery skin or rind is typically yellow overlaid with light or deep pink or rich red.

The interior is separated by membranous walls and white, spongy, bitter tissue into compartments packed with sacs filled with sweetly acid, juicy, red, pink or whitish pulp or aril.

In each sac there is one angular, soft or hard seed full of Omega 5 oils (CLA).

The arils (seed casings) of the pomegranate are consumed raw. The entire seed is eaten, though the fleshy outer portion of the seed is the part that is desired. The taste differs depending on the variety of pomegranate and its state of ripeness.

Pomegranate juice is a popular drink in the Middle East, and is also used in Iranian and Indian cuisine; it began to be widely marketed in the U.S. in 2004.

Pomegranate concentrate is used in Syrian cuisine. Grenadine syrup is thickened and sweetened pomegranate juice; it is used in cocktail mixing. Before the tomato arrived to the Middle East, grenadine was widely used in many Persian foods; it can still be found in traditional recipes. The juice can also be used as an antiseptic when applied to cuts. In addition, Pomegranate seeds are sometimes used as a spice and the seeds are the best source of Omega 5 or CLA oils.

The primary commercial growing regions of the world are the Near East, India and surrounding countries and southern Europe.

In California commercial cultivation is centered in the southern San Joaquin Valley.

One pomegranate delivers 40% of an adult's daily vitamin C requirement. It is also a rich source of folic acid and of antioxidants.

Recent research into the health benefits of Pomegranates has created unprecedented demand both in the United States and Europe.

Recent studies have been published showing a positive relationships between pomegranate consumption and prostate cancer, carotid arteries and hypertension.

The pomegranate and its color have been the object of great fascination, particularly in Oriental cultures. The Arabs were great admirers and promoters of its cultivation, making it the symbol of the Moslem Kingdom of Granada in the southern Iberian Peninsula.

The scarlet blossoms of the pomegranate appear as dazzling flames against the dark green backdrop of the tree's leaves. The tiny beads of fruit, full of precious oil and juice, are brilliant as drops of blood or rubies. These drops of blood from the pomegranate when consumed will help to build healthy red blood cells, according to the ancients who wrote the "Law of Similars".

King Solomon compared the cheeks of his beloved to the pomegranate three thousand years ago.

Here at the Rancho del Sol, in sunny Valley Center, California, the home of the pH Miracle Center, we are happy to say that we also grow pomegranates, along side our avocados and grapefruits for very special and important life saving reasons.

The pomegranate is quite rich in vitamins C, E, and B6, containing, as well, significant amounts of B1, B2, and niacin. The most abundant minerals are potassium for alkalizing, copper for purification, and iron for building hemoglobin.

Among its non-nutritive components the following are worth noting:

Tannins, in small amounts. These are much more prevalent in the rind of the fruit or in the membrane that separate the seed sacs.

These tannins have an astringent and anti-inflammatory effect on the mucosa
of the digestive tract.

Anthocyanins are reddish or bluish vegetable pigments belonging to the flavonoid group act as antiseptics and anti-inflammatory substances in the digestive tract and as potent antioxidants within the body cells, halting the aging process and cancerous acidic degeneration.

Pelletierine is an alkaloid and is effective vermifuge (expulses intestinal parasites) that is found primarily in the bark of the roots of the tree. The rind and the membranes also contain this alkaloid, but not the seed sacs.

Together, thee components give the pomegranate the following properties: astringent, anti-inflammatory, vermifuge, remineralizer, alkalinizer, antioxidant, and depurant.

The pomegranate is suitable in cases of outfectious diarrhea caused by excess acidity leading to gastroenteritis or colitis because of its astringent and anti-inflammatory action on the digestive tract. It is also beneficial in cases of flatulence or intestinal cramps.
Surprising results have been achieved in chronic cases such as ulcerative colitis or granulomatous colitis (Chrohn's dis-ease).

Intestinal parasites, tenia or tapeworm, in particular are eliminated by eating the inner walls of the pomegranate.

Because of its astringent action it reduces the production of hydrochloric acid and thus reduces inflammation in an irritated acidic stomach (which should be alkaline).

The pomegranate contains a significant amount of copper at 70 ug/100g., a trace element that helps to purify the blood as well as helps in the absorption of iron in building red blood cells.

Because of its rich content of flavonoids and antioxidant, which halt the processes of arterial aging, the pomegranate seed oil is recommended in cases of reduced arterial blood flow. It is very beneficial in heart attack prevention and cardiac health in general.

Because pomegranates are rich in potassium, they are appropriate for those suffering from hypertension. They help avoid excessive numbers of both systolic and diastolic pressure.

Pomegranates are of value in cases of gout, excess uric acid, and acid causing obesity because of its alkalizing and depurant effect.

Pomegranates are loaded with Omega 5 CLA oils which have been found to neutralize acids associated with arteriosclerosis, breast cancer, prostate cancer and especially obesity.

Dr. Robert O. Young, a research scientist at the pH Miracle Living Center, is suggesting to ingest at least 3000mgs to 4000mgs of pomegranate Omega 5 CLA oil per day for helping the body maintain its alkaline design and buffer the acids that make us sick, tired and fat.

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