Pomegranates are small ancient fruits with a tough external layer, and small edible seeds on the inside. They are believed to have originated from ancient Persia (Iran), and found currently in parts of Asia, Africa, America and the Middle East. They are mainly used in garnishing meals, juice blends and smoothies, and even in alcoholic drinks.The pomegranate season usually runs from September to January, when fresh pomegranates are available. Pomegranate juice is also an invigorating drink that is derived from pomegranates, which also doubles up as a nutritious dietary addition.
Anti-oxidants in pomegranates help keep free radicals in the body from triggering the development of cancer cells. Breast cancer is significantly reduced by the ability of the compounds in pomegranates to block aromatase from converting androgen to estrogen, which plays a great role in its development. Evidence from research has also shown that pomegranates have played a big role in slowing down the spread of prostate cancer. It is also claimed that Pomegranates are good for people with erectile problems. The anti-oxidants also trigger white blood cells to produce chemicals that neutralize toxic compounds in blood to maintain a healthy and strong immunity system.
Pomegranate juice is a fantastic beverage that is not only sweet but also healthy. A glass of the juice helps in keeping the heart healthy by enabling artery flexibility and keeping the heart free from lesions and vessel blockage. Diabetic patients can also take the juice, since it keeps blood sugar levels low enough.
Seeding pomegranates is tasking but worthwhile. There are many ways to do it. One of the easiest ways to do it is to cut it up in half first. Then with your hand, hold the cut part of each half and hit the rind until the seeds come off. Put the seeds in a food processor and grind the seeds. However, do not blend for too long, as many broken seeds will give your pomegranate juice a bitter flavor. Pass the mixture through a strainer and serve.