A little history

Pomegranate has long been grown in West and Central Asia and has been cultivated for centuries in the Mediterranean, Far East and India, where pomegranate is considered a condiment.

The pomegranate has since time immemorial symbol of life and fertility. In ancient Greece, it was attributed to the deities of Hell, Hades and Persephone. Pomegranates were found as funeral offerings in the tomb of a senior Egyptian official of the time of Ramses IV. In the Bible, it is considered to be one of the seven important fruits, which was a blessing for the Promised Land of Israel and represents the Church in Christian symbolism. The grenade is also mentioned in the Qur'an.

The name of pomegranate refers to the Latin word used for seed, seeds or for their large quantity (there are about 500 in each fruit, separated by a bitter wall). Its skin and its juice have been used to dye Oriental carpets for centuries. Its cooking gives a very black ink.

Nutritional value

For 100 g: 63 cal, 80 g of water, 15 g of carbohydrates, 3 to 3.5 g of fiber, 260 mg of potassium, 22 mg of phosphorus and 20 mg of vitamin C

Health benefits

Pomegranate is one of the fruits with the most antioxidant properties (its effects would be greater than those of green tea). This is why its consumption can reduce blood cholesterol, atherosclerosis, blood pressure and thus prevent cardiovascular disease. It would also reduce the appearance and rate of progression of cancers of the prostate and breast, or even the colon. This effect could also be explained by its anti-inflammatory and anti-proliferation properties.

Also due to the presence of antioxidants, regular consumption of pomegranate could protect against neurological disorders related to aging, including Alzheimer's disease. But this remains to be proven.

The pomegranate would also be useful to prevent the flu and fight cough due to the presence of vitamin B6 in large quantities – which strengthens the immune system – anti-inflammatory effects of antioxidants, as well as antibacterial and antiviral actions of tannins of which she is full.

On the other hand, numerous studies prove its interest against the appearance and the recurrence of the urinary infections. And, in dialysis patients, the consumption of pomegranate juice would lead to a lower risk of infection and a decrease in inflammation.

Finally, in traditional Tibetan medicine as in Europe, its virtues on digestion are widely recognized.

A few tips

It is therefore recommended to eat regularly during its season (September to February in the northern hemisphere) and drink a glass of the juice of this fruit (no added sugar) daily the rest of the year.

Pomegranate also exists as an extract, dry or not, sold in drugstore. There is also fermented juice, a kind of pomegranate wine, in some specialty stores and on the Internet.

Be careful, pomegranates do not mix with statins (cholesterol medications); it is best to talk to your doctor.

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