The Power of Pomegranate

 What will be the new super-food of the year?  Pomegranate!  Pomegranate has slowly been making its way into our drinks and into the vitamin section. Why is it all the rage?  Antioxidants! Pomegranate is rich in antioxidants and other things that are good for you!

No doubt you have heard about antioxidants and know it's amazing power.  Antioxidant are known to raise your immune system ad help cure what ails you!  It has been reported that Pomegranate has more antioxidants than green tea or cranberry juice!

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What is a Pomegranate?

You have probably seen this fruit at the grocery store and passed in on by.  Pomegranate is a leathery fruit that has Sweet fruit kernels inside.  It originated from Asia and is sometimes referred to as a Chinese Apple. Pomegranate trees grow in a mediterranean climate.  The fruits ripen between August and September.

Just exactly what are the benefits of Pomegranate? It can increase the blood flow to the heart of people diagnosed with coronary heart disease. Pomegranate has been shown to assit in keeping plaque from building up in blood vessels. It has been shown to slow prostate cancer growth. Pomegranate juice seemed to slow down the growth in cancer cells according to a study at UCLA.

WebMd reports that pomegranate antioxidants could help thwart osteoarthritis.Research showed that the pomegranate helped slow down enzymes that erode cartilage.  Furthermore they state that pomegranate can help maintain joint integrity and function.  Before you go out and buy yourself pomegranate juice, note that the scientists who used this in their study used juice made from powdered pomegranate!

Pomengranate Beauty Benefits

 Pomegranate oils are also known for their beauty benefits. it is said the oil from the pomegranate is used for treatment of acne.  The oil is made from the seeds of the pomegranate.  It is particularly beneficial in treating lesions or wrinkles or your lips in the winter.  It should come as no surprise that the Pomegranate oil is used in many beauty products.

john masters organics Pomegranate Facial Nourishing Oil 2 fl oz (59 ml)

 The John Masters Organics Pomegranate Facial Nourishing oil comes in two fluid ounces. Along with Pomegranate, this oil contains the oil of sunflower, sage and many others.  This product recommends you rub directly onto the skin or mix it in with your moisturizer for added effect.  It nourishes and protects dry skin as well as adds to elasticity.  Three customers gave this product five out of five stars.  Customers state the Pomegranate Facial nourishing oil does not have a greasy feel, nor break them out.  One customer highly recommends this product as due to the herbal scent. 

 The Pangea Organic Himalayan Geranium and Pomegranate balancing oil offers a luxurious textured oil full of antioxidants. This pomegranate oil is beneficial in balancing all types of skin, young and old. The combination of oils helps combat the signs of aging.  Two customer reviews gave the Pangea Organic Himalayan Geranium and Pomegranate balancing Oil five out of five stars.  A customer with acne states she has acne no more after using this pomegranate oil. Customers also state they love how it makes their face feel nice and clean. One customer was able to get a free sample and was hooked!

How do you eat a Pomegranate?

Pomegranate as a super-food looks super tough to eat, but it does not have to be. The pomegranate kernels are what you are after!  The seeds are tart yet sweet.  They make a great topping on salads or blend them up for juice.  You can also just eat the seeds to get your dose of antioxidants!  Take a look at the video above for helpful hints on how to cut a pomegranate. Just think the next time you see one in the grocery store you won't have to pass it up!  Interested in pomegranate recipes?  Check out the links further on in this article.

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What products contain the pomegranate juice?

Now that you know how to cut open and eat a pomegranate you may not want to! Pomegranate is found in many products such as juice or pomegranate extract.

POM Wonderful's Pomx Pills 30ct - Natural Pomegranate Antioxidant Supplement (1000mg) - 1 Month Supply

 POM Wonderful is a popular pomegranate supplement.  The POM Wonderful Natural Antioxidant supplement is thirty day supply.  It claims each pill gives you the full power of one glass of pomegranate juice. Each pill contains 1000mg of the pomegranate extract. The POM Wonderful Pomegranate Natural Antioxidant supplement received four and 1/2 stars out of five form six customer reviews.  Customers state the Pomegranate has helped lower their cholesterol and the feel much better while taking the supplement.

 The Source Naturals Pomegranate contains 240 500 mg pills. These pills contain at least 40%ellagitannins, which is a powerful antioxidant. One customer gave this five out of five stars. she stated the Source Naturals Pomegranate pills helped with her plaque in her arteries.  She took this product after her physician recommended she drink a glass of pomegranate juice a day.

Agro Labs Naturally Pomegranate, 32-Fluid Ounce Bottle

 If you like the taste of pomegranate then the juice may be for you. The Argo Labs naturally pomegranate comes in a 32 ounce bottle.  This juice states he substance punicalagin helps with the antioxidant properties.  The reccomended  daily dose is only 3 ounces. Two customers gave this pomegranate juice five out of five stars. Customers state she takes this product instead of orange juice in the morning. She states she dilutes it withwater to make it last a little longer. She also likes the taste of the pomegranate juice. Another customer states this is the best pomegranate juice you can buy!

What else can you do with Pomengranate?

 As mentioned above Pomengranate can be eaten on it's own or sprinkled in salads.  Some people puree the seeds to make a juice.   Did you know there are  many other things you can make with Pomegranate?  How about pomegranate wine or a pomegranate martini?  There are dips and other ways to use pomegranate.  Check out the link below if you want to explore how to use pomegranate in your next meal!

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Do you like Pomegranates? 38 comments

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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Great hub,Ms chievous. Voted up and useful.


masiwal 5 years ago

one of the best fruit i love this thanks and happy new year


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SuperiorInteriors 5 years ago from San Diego, California

What a remarkable super food! It's amazing that, with all our advancements in artificial "nutrition," the best and most reliable sources of nutrition and healthfulness are still the natural ones.


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kasiapl 5 years ago from New Jersey , USA

Those are great tips for health and beauty :) I will definitely get the pomegranate oil :)


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kasiapl 5 years ago from New Jersey , USA

Love them :) :)


Dazzling Image 5 years ago

Happy year 2011 everyone. Didn't know that promegranates are good for skincare. Thanks for sharing. I would very much like to try the facial nourishing oil.


Cai - Quake Fitness 5 years ago

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fadibody 5 years ago

Great information about the promegranates. Happy New Year!


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Debby Bruck 5 years ago

Great hub. I love pomegranates and buy them when they are in season. They are easy to open and store the seeds as shown in the video. And, when you see the price of pre-seeded containers in the grocery, you know it is worth doing it yourself.


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Woman Of Courage 5 years ago

Thanks for sharing! I have added pomegranate to my grocery list. I look forward to enjoying this superfood filled with healthy antoxidants.


Brenda Durham 5 years ago

Thanks for this info!

I've actually just recently started drinking pomegranate/cranberry juice.

Didn't know how to actually eat the fruit, never done it, but will be trying it.


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DzyMsLizzy 5 years ago from Oakley, CA

WOW! We have a pomegranate tree in our yard--it came with the house when we moved here! It produces a profuse number of fruits, which usually go to waste because all I remembered about eating them was the mess my mother hated when I was a child.

Last year (2009), I tried making the juice, but I couldn't drink it! It was sooooooooo sickly sweet that it made me ill. I guess I'll have to try diluting it next time.

At the prices they want for the commercial supplements, I'd be better off re-thinking use of the fruit from my own tree!

As for Mr. Conrad's comment, that may be true, but the quote he gives is irrelevant to the point he is trying to make vis-a-vis cholesterol, which has nothing to do with "acute mountain sickness," (whatever THAT is...).

It is just as true that mainstream Western medicine is in cahoots with the big pharmaceutical corporations, and would rather push toxic pills with more dangerous side-effects than actual benefits, than to promote more holistic healing and preventing disease to start with.

Thanks for a very informative hub.


jkool007@gmail.com 5 years ago

I love Pomegranate!! I have it almost everyday and I confirm that this fruit is totally good ,especialy for female.


mymeal 5 years ago

I love to eat Pomegranate but I don't like that had many seeds. Interesting when making juice but some of products in the market push grape juice to mixed it, more grape juice. That make the taste is not like Pomegranate.


Richard Conrad 5 years ago

I love pomegranates and wholeheartedly recommend eating them, but the anti-oxidant angle is nonsense pushed for commercial reasons by a wide range of food, cosmetic and "health" product interests.

Further reading:

* Bjelakovic, G; Nikolova, D; Gluud, LL; Simonetti, RG; Gluud, C (2008). "Antioxidant supplements for prevention of mortality in healthy participants and patients with various diseases". Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (2): CD007176.

* Baillie, J K; A A R Thompson, J B Irving, M G D Bates, A I Sutherland, W Macnee, S R J Maxwell, D J Webb (2009-03-09). "Oral antioxidant supplementation does not prevent acute mountain sickness: double blind, randomized placebo-controlled trial". QJM: Monthly Journal of the Association of Physicians 102 (5): 341–8. doi:10.1093/qjmed/hcp026. ISSN 1460-2393. PMID 19273551. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19273551.


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imatellmuva 5 years ago from Somewhere in Baltimore

My father always bought pomegranates when my brothers and I were younger. We didn't appreciate or know the benefits that we were receiving.

You shared information that I wasn't aware of even as an adult! Thanks for the hub!

By the way, what a great play on words with your name!!


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The Pink Panther 5 years ago from Sydney, Australia

Hey Ms Chievous, thanks for sharing some great info.

Pomegranates have always been a fav with me and my family. I love eating it by itself, but it also goes really nicely in a fresh garden salad!


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jim10 5 years ago from ma

My kids and I love pmegranates. They are great. Though a little messy. I liked them better a few years ago when they weren't really popular and I could get them for less than $2 at the grocery store, Ouch! Great hub.


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jtrader 5 years ago

I love this fruit. Haven't had it in quite a while.


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ajcor 5 years ago from NSW. Australia

Ok Ms Chievous will do because I must admit I did think it might be a good idea....cheers


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chspublish 5 years ago from Ireland

One of nature's supefoods, there's no doubt about it and it's so versatile. Thanks for the hub.


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stephhicks68 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon

Super hub - I love pomegranate juice and eating the fruit seeds, as well.


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Ms Chievous 5 years ago from Wv Author

Ajcor if you make a hub out of your recipie dro me a line and we will link hubs!


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Lita C. Malicdem 5 years ago from Philippines

Now, after I read this hub, I'll go find that pomegranate seedling sticking out from where I cut the main bush. Mine is the pearly-seeded variety. I got rid of this plant because the neighborhood children used to pick the young fruits and just play with them. This is an amazing info I find here. Thank you for sharing.


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ajcor 5 years ago from NSW. Australia

This is a great hub for me as I was just given a super simple Greek pomegranate recipe for a shoulder of lamb...have bought the pomegranate but not the lamb as yet!

cheers


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fit2day 5 years ago

I see these at the grocery store all the time and keep saying one day I'll try one, but this time I think I definitely will, especially since I've become more interested in super foods lately

Thanks for sharing the pomegranate's benefits


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suejanet 5 years ago

Pomagranate has always been one of my favorites. Glad to hear of the benefits.


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I really enjoy pomegranate juice but have always bought it. Now that I see how easy it is to make I will buy the entire fruit. Thanks so much for this educational hub!


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Wendy Krick 5 years ago from Maryland

I love pomegranates and eat at least one or two a week when they are in season. Love them!


Garnetbird 5 years ago

My local store carries PURE Pomegranite Juice--I think I'll try it! Nice Hub.


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susannah42 5 years ago from Florida

Well, I should stay really healthy. I have been eating pomagranate since I was a small child. My dad always loved it and would cut it up for us and showed us how to eat it.


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Tina Kachan 5 years ago from Europe, Croatia

I love eating pomegranates, but I hate peeling it because it takes forever :)


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dallas93444 5 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

Taste good and good for you! Thanks for sharing.


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Mov!e Person 5 years ago from the Theater!

I love pomegranates.???


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Rhonda Waits 5 years ago from The Emerald Coast

My youngest son is 14 he loves this fruit. He says without it he feels sick. He ask for the juice all the time. I have tried myself not bad. Enjoyed your hub.


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Specialk3749 5 years ago from Michigan

My mom bought us a few promegranates and my 11yo son wanted to know "how" they are good for us. I wasn't exactly sure and now I can show him your hub! Thanks!


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pointblank009 5 years ago from Buffalo

Excellent article on the mysterious fruit I used to eat quiet a bit during my youth. Tried the juice a few times, not bad tasting either. Thanks to your information I'm going back to the pomegranate.


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida

Hi, Cindy, I didn't realize how pomegranate-challenged I was til I read your hub. You can eat the seeds? Didn't know that. Thanks for this useful information and great video.

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