Super food session # 2 Pomegranate an amazing antioxidant and booster for health, written by Lis Thorolvsen

Pomegranate is a Superfood and amazing antioxidant

Pomegranate is native to southwestern Asia but is now cultivated in many warm and dry regions, and in the Mediterranean, it is prized for fertility and longevity benefits. The pomegranate or Punica granatum is a shrub that produces a red round fruit there looks like an apple but classed as a berry.

Underneath the skin, which is thick and inedible, are found many small beautiful red colored seeds, so delicious and tasty. This super fantastic and amazing fruit is full of antioxidants and has been found to have three times the antioxidant of green tea.

Research shows that pomegranates can help prevent various risk factors including high blood pressure, oxidative stress, high cholesterol, inflammation and may slow prostate cancer growth

To get the full benefit of the seeds, eat them raw or add them as toppings to salads or yogurt for example, or you can make your own super juice or smoothie.

An antioxidant is a molecule there inhibits a chemical reaction of free radicals leading to cell damage. Antioxidants terminate these reactions and antioxidant is mainly used for two different groups of substances, either man-made chemicals added to products to prevent oxidation, and natural chemicals found in foods which have beneficial health effects.

Make your own remedy of pomegranates

Most of us discard the peel as it is not edible, however, you can still make use of the peel and make your own super powder or tincture there is filled with antioxidants, vitamin C, potassium, and folate.

Use the tincture (1 tablespoon daily) as a daily booster or when you feel the need for that extra immune boost. The powder can be used to mix with yogurt, oat meals, smoothies or soups or as a natural remedy.

  1. Use a sharp knife and cut off the flesh from the skin. The flesh can be used but will give a bitter taste, so if you make a powder to be used externally only, leave the flesh out.
  2. Place the peel in a warm and well-ventilated area, like in the sun or near a fireplace, and let them dry until hard and all moisture has left the skin.
  3. Place the peels in a mortar or dry grinder and grind until a fine powder
  4. Next, in a clean dry mixture, add all the sun-dried peels and grind for two minutes.
  5. Store the powder in a clean and air tight jar

If you want to make a tincture, peel the skin of the pomegranate or cut the skin into small pieces. Use 2 parts pomegranate skin and 1 part high-proof flavorless alcohol like vodka. Let it sit for 24-30 hours, while you shake the bottle. After the 48 hours, strain the skin away and change the liquid content into a dark colored bottle and stored in a cool place up to 2 years.

 

 

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Originally posted 2017-02-14 14:19:37.

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