In the pink with Pomegranate
Diana Othman | On 31, Jan 2015
Surely one of the most beautiful fruits, the jewel-like pomegranate is also loaded with nutritional benefits. Now readily available in our wet markets and supermarkets, pick up a few for juicing or garnishing.
Eat it, drink it, make into a face mask! Pomegranate has been used in Asia and the Middle East for thousands of years for health, and now has been discovered to be useful against cancer, heart disease and diabetes.
Maintains arterial elasticity and reduces blood-vessel inflammation. Reduces LDL levels and increases HDL levels. It helps thin the blood, thus improving blood flow in the body.
Good for diabetics
Unlike other fruit, pomegranate doesn’t elevate sugar levels in the blood. As diabetics have problems with healing, pomegranate can help by stimulating white blood cells, and the juice also has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties.
Eliminates free radicals, inhibiting cancerous cell growth. Believed to induce apoptosis – a state where cancer cells destroy themselves.
Slows down ageing by reducing wrinkles and fine lines caused by UV light. Helps to regenerate skin, preventing hyperpigmentation and dark spots.
For arthritis, drink freshly squeezed unsweetened juice. It is believed to also prevent neurological problems like Alzheimer’s, as well as dissolve kidney stones and even help erectile dysfunction.
Pomegranates can interfere with some types of medication, especially statins (cholesterol medicine), antidepressants, and prescription pain relief medication. And if you are taking meds for high blood pressure, watch the pomegranate intake. You don’t want your blood pressure to drop too much.
Pomegranate can increase mucus production, so avoid it if you have a cold or phlegm-y cough.
Besides crunching on the seeds (the only way to eat the pulp), and juicing your pomegranate, how else can you enjoy pomegranate? We ask well known chef and cookbook writer, Mrs Devagi Sanmugam who says –