The Pomegranate which as has been cultivated for thousands of years has a very interesting history as well as many health benefits. It is most commonly grown in the Middle East, India, Southern Europe and in California in United States. This small reddish fruit has a sweet to sour taste and is consumed in many juices, salads, broths and deserts.
The history of the fruit dates back to ancient middle east. There is the stories by some Jewish and Iranian scholars who believe that the Pomegranate was the so called “forbidden fruit” mentioned in religion texts concerning the garden of Eden. The Pharaohs of Egypt also had high regard for this fruit and also associating it with healthy digestion and necessary to have in regard to the journey to the afterlife. The Pharaohs drink pomegranate juice daily and also included this fruit in tombs. In Jewish history Solomon’s Temple was decorated with this fruit. Priest robes were decorated also with it this was sown into the linen of the religious robes. Jewish Scouts who journeyed to the promise land brought back pomegranates to show the land was fertile. In Islam Muhammad thought of this as a precious fruit filled with nutrition and symbolized physical and emotional peace. Buddhism regarded the pomegranate highly thought it symbolized bounty and blessings.
Today, we know that is pomegranate fruit has numerous health benefits. This fruit is loaded with anti-oxidants, vitamins of A, C, E, Iron and flavonoids. There has been many studies showing anti-viral, anti- inflammatory, healthy heart and anti-cancer properties of this fruit. In heart and cardio research elements of the pomegranate have been shown to reduce the formation of clumping or clotting. This is a precursor to strokes and heart attacks. Pomegranate has been shown to lower bad cholesterol and rise good cholesterol. There has also been research showing it lowers blood pressure. Also there as been evidence to show that pomegranate aids in heart function by increasing oxygen flow to the muscle.
In cancer research the flavonoid properties of the fruit have had much success. The National Academy of Science reported in September 2005 there was a indication that pomegranate juice may delay or reduce tumors in prostate cancer. A University of Wisconsin study reported in Science Daily April 2007 pomegranates may help in the reduction or growth of lung cancer cells. Other studies have shown similar results in breast cancer research. The Journal of Nutrition September 2005 reported, a study in Israel showed that elements of pomegranate resulted in cancerous breast cells being destroyed and leaving healthy cells alone.
Additional health benefits that have been promising in areas of arthritis for the fruit’s anti-inflammatory properties and Alzheimer’s in preventing or slowing the progression of the disease.
Overall this is a tasty fruit that throughout history has been held in high esteem. We know that it is loaded with vitamins and nutrients that are body needs. However, more importantly research shows that this fruit may hold the answer to many of are health issues of today.