Healthy Beginnings

Cover Story February 2012 | Pomegranate Seeds

  • February 1, 2012
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  • By Ffjorren Zolfaghar
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  • Categories: Cover Story

Our cover displays an image of lustrous pomegranate seeds, alongside an iconic shape. What do these two red and eye appealing objects have in common? The heart. The pomegranate, native to Iran (Persia), packs a heart-healthy punch.

The history of the pomegranate is intriguing in itself, but the modern day use plays the true beat of this story, as the properties in its juice help reduce the risk of heart disease, according to research. The juice is said to contain antioxidants and free radical scavengers. Some studies also suggest that drinking pomegranate juice daily helped reduce systolic blood pressure. Its seeds are also high in fiber, Vitamin C and unsaturated oil.

From an Ayurvedic point of view, the seeds and the juice are revered as a tonic for the heart and throat. The juice of its rind, flower and tree bark are used to stop nose bleeds, gum bleeding, and for toning and firming the skin.

With all of these healthful benefits, how can you resist this alluring fruit? You can find organic pomegranates, and a variety of pomegranate juices, at your local health food store.