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The Heath Benefits of Pomegranates

 

Pomegranates are thick-skinned dazzlingly red beauties brimming with Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, calcium, ellagic acid, folic acid, magnesium, manganese, niacin, phosphorous, phytochemicals, polyphenols, punicalagins, potassium, riboflavin, thiamin and zinc

WELLNESS

These historically revered fruits have innumerable health benefits including but not limited to protect against and treatment of the following

Anemia Pomegranates are filled with iron and can cure anemia by elevating hemoglobin levels

Anti-cancer properties Pomegranates can prevent breast cancer, colon cancer, leukemia and prostate cancer, and can inhibit tumor growth and even, in some cases, induce apoptosis or cell death.

 

Anti-inflammatory abilities Vitamin C helps control arthritis and asthmatic symptoms such as coughing and wheezing

 

Bone health Calcium is crucial for strong, healthy bones.  Manganese helps form bone structures.  Pomegranate juice can also deter cartilage damage, which, in turn, prevents osteoporosis

 

Depression Pomegranates contain vital phytochemicals that stimulate serotonin and improve mood

 

Diabetes Pomegranate juice does not increase blood sugar levels, which is great news for diabetic folks

 

Digestive health Pomegranate juice aids in digestion and can help ease nausea.  The white membrane of the pomegranate is often used as a cure for diarrhea, dysentery, hemorrhoids and intestinal worms

 

Eye health Pomegranates are a great home remedy for conjunctivitis

 

Heart health Punicalagins (anti-oxidant compounds) lower cholesterol and blood pressure and increase the rate at which atherosclerosis (arterial blockages) dissolve.  Pomegranate juice has also been shown to improve blood flow and oxygen to the heart.   Magnesium normalizes blood pressure.  Potassium controls a healthy heart rate and also lowers blood pressure.  Pomegranate seeds actually prevent blood platelet aggregation, which can lead to hazardous blood clots

 

Immune system health Vitamin A and Vitamin C are extraordinary immune system boosters, which help fight off a wide variety of diseases, infections and viruses ranging from the common cold to the flu to HIV

 

Men’s health Studies indicate that pomegranate juice may be a natural, progressive treatment for ED, or erectile dysfunction

 

Menopause Pomegranate juice has been shown to relieve “hot flashes

 

Pregnancy Most doctors highly recommend folic acid to expectant moms as it increases blood flow to the unborn baby and can prevent neural tube birth defects

 

Women’s health Pomegranate juice can alleviate a UTI, or urinary tract infection

 

BEAUTY

 

Anti-oxidant properties Vitamins A, C and E are all powerful anti-oxidants that promote healthy hair and strong nails.

 

Skin health Pomegranate protects the skin from harmful UV rays, promotes cell regeneration, repairs tissues and speeds up wound healing.  The anti-oxidants in pomegranate juice will also prevent the signs of premature aging including age spots, fine lines and wrinkles.  Pomegranate can also sooth painful acne outbreaks and diminish scars

 

WEIGHT LOSS

 

Fibre A cup of the arils aka juicy pomegranate seeds actually contains a bountiful 7 grams of fibre.  As a snack, they will keep you feeling fuller longer and less likely to reach for empty calories.  They will also keep your body flushed out, which results in more consistent weight loss

 

Cooking / Consumption

 Fantastic in salads, yoghurt, sorbet, mix through vegetable dishes and curries to finish for colour, texture and zing

Marinate Meats in the juice , grill or just eat raw, naturally sublime

A wonderful compliment to your Sunday morning Belgian-style waffles or short stack of whole-wheat pancakes is this unique and sublime pomegranate syrup that is oh so easy to make.  All you need to do is combine 12 cups of pomegranate juice, 1.5 cups of sugar and 3 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice in a saucepan over medium heat until the sugar is completely dissolved.  Turn the mixture down to medium-low and allow it to reduce into syrup for about 50 minutes or so.  Let the syrup cool for a good half an hour and pour into pretty glass Ball jars

 

Interesting fact about pomegranates:  The pomegranate is one of the world’s oldest fruits and some scholars believe that it was actually the pomegranate, not the apple, which tempted Eve in the Garden of Eden.

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Did you know 25% of our foods should be acid and 75% of our foods should be alkaline. Over acidic bodies can cause  aches and pains in the joints,inflammation, chronic pain, gout, arthritis, colds and flu,  bacteria and viruses,  tooth decay, liver problems, bad circulation. constipation, morning headaches, and eventually cancer.

 Acid forming foods are

  • dried fruits, white asparagus, artichokes, brussel sprouts
  • legumes, pulses, seeds, nuts, rye, barley, oats, maize
  • most dairy
  • meat, fish, poultry
  • tea, coffee, soft drinks, alcohol, drugs, food additives, chocolate, packaged fruit juices

Alkaline Foods include the following

  • most fresh fruits
  • most fresh vegetables
  • sprouted legumes lentils etc
  • sprouted seeds alfalfa etc
  • corn
  • buckwheat
  • rice (preferably brown)
  • raw milk
  • live plain yoghurt
  • herbal teas
  • fresh fruit juices

these are necessary as 75% of the total diet for a healthy body, over alkaline bodies are almost unheard of, most people have high acidic bodies

Stress can affect acid levels, however most of the causes are dietary related. Many foods enter our digestive system in an acidic state and our amazing bodies can change them into alkaline foods.

A healthy PH balance also affects your mental clarity, energy levels and weight, all excellent reasons to make a change today.

The easiest tip to add extra alkaline foods to your diet is to simply squeeze the juice of half a lemon or lime into a warm glass of water and drink it first thing in the morning. These fruits are acid and they turn alkaline in the body. Chlorophyl (green from plants) is another really efficient way of alkalising the body.

So Come On, You Can Do It,  One Small Change Can Start A Big Change !!

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Dr Dean Ornish on the worlds Killer Diet

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Stop wringing your hands over AIDS, cancer and the avian flu. Cardiovascular disease kills more people than everything else combined — and it’s mostly preventable. Dr. Dean Ornish explains how changing our eating habits will save lives.

Dean Ornish is a clinical professor at UCSF and founder of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute. He’s a leading expert on fighting illness — particularly heart disease with dietary and lifestyle changes.

http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/en/dean_ornish_on_the_world_s_killer_diet.html

c/o Ted Global Speakers 2010

Real Food is Fun, Sexy, Hip, Funky and Life Saving. Another handful of reasons to start making a change today.

Make these sexy canapes for your next party based on the asian diet and Savvy up your life

Rice paper rolls with enoki mushrooms, vegetables, sweet soy and coriander

Ingredients:

  • 1 pkt square rice paper (Asian grocer)
  • 1  punnet enoki mushrooms
  • 1 red capsicum
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 daikon radish
  • 1 bunch of coriander

Sauce:

  • 1 bottle ketchup manis (Indonesian sweet soy)
  • 1 bunch coriander roots
  • 1 nob of ginger
  • 1 clove garlic

Method

Peel daikon radish and carrots and cut lengthwise approx .5cm thick and then slice .5 cm wide and 7.5cm long, do the same with the red capsicum

Cut the bottoms from the enoki mushrooms

Pick the leaves from the coriander and refresh in iced water

Fill a  large bowl with hot water and soak the rice paper 1 at a time, cut in half triangle shapes

and allow to sit for a few seconds, 3 or 4 at a time

Place all ingredients length wise in the middle, 1/3 in and 2/3rds sticking out above the rice paper, fold in half and roll.

Place them on a wet tea towel and cover with a wet tea towel immediately to ensure they don’t dry out, they will keep nicely for up to 24 hours if tightly covered with glad wrap.

Sauce

Peel coriander roots, garlic and ginger, chop finely and mix with ketchup manis

Arrange and serve

 

 

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Cassandra Austin

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