One of the most ancient, interesting, and health promoting fruits in the world is the pomegranate.
There are many enchanting stories associated with this red, juicy fruit. And it holds rich symbolism for many cultures.
Pomegranates in Eden?
Some believe that Eve tempted Adam, not with the scholarly apple, but with the turgid pulsating redness of a pomegranate.
This theory may very well be true as the location of the Garden of Eden, around the valleys surrounding the Tigris-Euphrates River,
is indeed one of the places where pomegranates first emerged into our botanical consciousness.
Pomegranates and Your Libido
In a recent study done by the Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, volunteers who drank one glass of pomegranate juice
daily for two weeks showed an increase in *testosterone, a decrease in blood pressure, while their moods were elevated
Specifically, pomegranates contain several robust antioxidants, including ellagitannin (aka: punicalagins) that squelch free-radicals.
This is also good news for cancer prevention.
So, pomegranates are good for romance, your heart, and overall health.
*Testosterone is needed by both men and women for a healthy sex drive, heart health, and energy.
Women love jewel-like things, and the seeds of the pomegranate are Nature’s rubies.
Use this as a garnish on a dish, and she is sure to be impressed with your dash of style.
Try this eggplant recipe when you invite her over for dinner. It’s easy to make, and is a
visually stunning appetizer, or side dish.
And if you don’t know how to open a pomegranate, then be sure to watch this video. While there are quite a few
tutorials that show dunking the cut fruit in a bowl of water, it is unnecessary. Besides, putting the seeds in water
dilutes the flavor. It’s more fun to make a little mess, and enjoy the sweet red juice on your hands…
How to Open a Pomegranate (without drowning the seeds in a bowl of water)
Furhman, Joel, MD., “Secrets Revealed: The Powerful Heart Benefits of the Pomegranate”,
Rosick, Edward, MD., “Why Aging Women Need Testosterone”, LE Magazine. April, 2004.
Tsang et al. “Pomegranate juice consumption influences urinary glucocorticoids, attenuates blood pressure and exercise-induced oxidative stress in healthy volunteers”, Society for Endocrinology, Endocrine Abstracts, April 12, 2011.
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