Pomegranate seeds are ideal for hormonal balance, for supporting muscle and bone mass, and for reducing risk of Cancer!….They aren’t just for Christmas, friends!
Let’s just start with this position…Long before being served in Christmas side dishes, pomegranates have long stood the privileged position of being held sacred in nearly every religion. That’s powerful enough to be on the Superfood list, right? It gets better….Pomegranates modulate estrogen, bone and muscle mass. AND, oddly they can also regulate too much estrogen too!
Pomegranates To Balance Estrogen
Having the greatest variety of phytoestrogens among all plants (it is the highest plant source of estrone), Pomegranates contain a large store of 17-alfa-estradiol, a compound that mimics the version of estrogen produced in the female body. That’s ideal for women low in estrogen (think perimenopause and menopause). But what about women, who have too much estrogen? Again, look to the Pomegranate Seed!
Pomegranates have the unusual distinction of being considered Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulators (SERMs). As an “estrogen receptor,” it’s also ideal for women having too much estrogen (breast cancer, endometriosis, fibroids, PMS, thyroid nodules) since it prevents estrogen from attaching itself to the cell to promote growth (think cancer) and proliferate! SERIOUSLY? That’s like having your cake and eating it too!
A recent 2015 study had women drink pomegranate juice (not even eating the seeds!), which showed “women in the intervention group compared to control group had a significant decline in estrone (pg/mL) and testosterone levels” suggesting “Pomegranates polyphenols may exert breast cancer preventive effects through modulation of endogenous sex hormone levels.” BAM! I’m sold on this seed!
Pomegranates help burn fat, reduce risk of cancer, help maintain muscle and bone density as we age and estrogen levels decrease, and they are ideal for beautiful skin. Best thing?… They taste amazing too!
I love to mix pomegranate seeds with my favorite greens and MVP chocolate protein powder for a slightly sweet, chocolatey shake, and a wrap is another fast and easy way to add these seeds to your daily diet.
Check out my Coconut Pomegranate Wrap! So easy to make, and loaded with pomegranates too! While you enjoy a yummy lunch, your body can go to work at burning fat, reducing cancer risks, create beautiful glowing skin, and balance your hormones!
And just when you thought it couldn’t get better, check this out!…It’s a total “Pomegranates to the Rescue moment!”
Pomegranates, like most fruit, are low in fat and calories, contain no saturated fat or cholesterol, and are naturally low in sodium. Pomegranates are also excellent sources of fiber, vitamin C, and vitamin K. They’re even good sources of potassium, folate, and copper.
And no Superfood is complete without antioxidants, which are natural substances in foods that prevent or delay some types of cell
damage and can play an important role in health. Pomegranates also contain a type of antioxidant known as polyphenols, which have potential anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic effects that may help prevent or possibly treat chronic diseases such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, prostate and breast cancer, and oxidative stress. How great is that? Are you sold yet? Better run to the grocery store; these beauties are only available for a short season of the year!
Choosing and Eating Pomegranates
Typically ripe and available from October through February, you’ll want to choose pomegranates that are plump, round, and feel heavy for their size. Picking your fruit is the easy part; getting the seeds out is a much harder proposition.
- Method One: Cut pomegranate into halves and then quarters for gently nudging the seeds into a bowl with your fingers.
- Method Two: Cut pomegranate into halves and then quarters and use a spoon for beating the back of each quarter, so its seeds may gently fall into a bowl for eating.
- Method Three: Cut off the crown and then cut the fruit into sections. Place the sections in a bowl of cold water to avoid staining your fingers with the red juice. Use your fingers to roll the seed groups from the sections. The seeds will sink to the bottom of the bowl and the pith will float to the top. Discard the pith and strain the seeds from the water.
Pomegranates keep well at room temperature away from direct sunlight for a few days. For longer storage, wrap pomegranates in plastic bags and store them for up to three months in the refrigerator. Pomegranate seeds can be refrigerated for up to 3 days, or frozen for up to 6 months.
Pomegranates may have similar interactions with medications as grapefruit juice. They could interfere with medications like some statin drugs used to treat high cholesterol levels and may also interfere with the action of warfarin.
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