Information on juicing Pomegranate
Pomegranate juice has recently been making the headlines as being another one of nature's sources of medicinal benefits. A number of studies have recently been implemented on the healing properties of Pomegranate juice with many more currently being carried out.
The healing benefits of pomegranate have been known in the middle-east and other non-western regions for hundreds of years where the fruit has been used to help treat rheumatism and inflammation. More recent studies have shown pomegranate to have very high levels of cancer fighting anti-oxidants as well as other phytochemicals and minerals that can help reduce the chance of heart disease and circulatory problems.
The name Pomegranate comes from the french for 'seeded apple' and this reasons are clearly evident when you cut open the fruit. There are many tighly packed seeds (around 800) that are surrounded by the deep red flesh of the fruit. Both the seeds and the flesh are edible. The tough outer skin with inner white rind is not edible. The flesh of the fruit has a subtle flavour with a slight tang to it.
The seeds and flesh can be scooped out with a spoon or the pomegrante can have its skin and rind removed to leave the central blocks of seeds and flesh. These segments are seperated by thin membranes similar to the segment membrane found in grapefruit.
When choosing Pomegranate's lift them up to feel their weight, the heavier the better. The skins should also be quite taught and have no signs of splitting. They can be stored for a number of weeks in the refridgerator but as always the fresher the better.
Pomegranate can be used in both juicer recipes and fruit smoothies. If you put the pomegranate flesh / seeds through the juicer then the seeds will be seperated from the juice and be ejected with the pulp.
Benefits of pomegranateRecent studies have found that pomegranates have the potential to help combat some of the most common diseases affecting westerners caused by poor diet and lack of exercise. Professor Hasan Mukthar who leading a study at the University of Wisconsin Medical School found that "Our study -- while early -- adds to growing evidence that pomegranates contain very powerful agents against cancer, particularly prostate cancer,". His study showed that prostate tumors in mice shrank when drinking pomegranate juice.
At the University of California, Adel A. Kader, Ph.D., Professor of Postharvest Physiology, Department of Pomology has studied the phytochemical properties of pomegranate and states "our research indicates that the total antioxidant capacity of 100 ml of pomegranate juice is two to three times that .of 100 ml of red wine and of 100 ml of green tea. This is due to the higher polyphenols content of pomegranates."
Pomegranate also contains Vitamin C and the B vitamin Niacin.
Other studies have suggested that pomegranate seeds have significant antimicrobial activities against a number of microbes such as Eschericia Coli and Bacillus subtilis.
As well as its natural whole form, pomegranate is available in other forms. The cocktail ingredient Grenadine (often used to add colour and taste to alcoholic mixtures such as in a 'Tequila Sunrise') is made from pomegranate juice.
Concentrated forms of pomegranate juice are available in some health food shops and this is often sold as 'Pomegranate molasses'.
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