Believed to be the actual fruit Eve picked from the Tree of Knowledge, instead of the apple, pomegranates have been around since ancient times. They are originally native to the countries surrounding the Mediterranean Sea, and are filled with nutrients, antioxidants, and are symbols of fertility and eternal life.
This rich juicy fruit with succulent seeds can be found year round, but are the freshest between September and January. Here are some of the healing powers that pomegranates have:
–Protect against cancer (especially breast and prostate) and heart disease (more so than cranberries, blueberries, green tea, and red wine).
–Lower cholesterol and blood pressure, and speeds up the melting of heart blockages.
-When ingested by pregnant women, it helps in the development of the fetus’s brain.
–Treats depression and osteoporosis.
-Inhibit abnormal platelet aggregation, which could cause heart attacks and strokes.
–Lesson symptoms of diarrhea.
–Helps you control your weight.
–Fight cell damage.
–Help to treat acne.
–Prevent the skin from aging.
–Repair skin cuts and scrapes.
For a delicious recipe using pomegranate molasses, visit Taste of Beirut