The Power of the Pomegranate: Managing Menopause and More

pomegranate

Oh, the pomegranate. So sweet and juicy, and so full of wonderful health benefits.

But what a pain in the butt to eat.

I’ve had enough of avoiding these juicy gems because of their somewhat difficult accessibility, and I know plenty of women who have said the same to me. So today, I’m going to share with you not only the seemingly boundless health benefits of the Punica gratanum, but also the easiest way to deseed and enjoy them.

Pomegranate, also known as the “Chinese apple,” is juicy with healthy benefits. Native to Iran, northern India, and certain Chinese provinces, pomegranates were often considered symbols of fertility in ancient cultures and mythologies. Humans have been cultivating pomegranates for nearly 4,000 years, and as several studies over the past decade have shown, there are tons of outstanding health benefits, so they won’t be going anywhere anytime soon.

What first caught my attention about the power of the pom is the span of benefits they have against the side effects of menopause. They can help regulate mood swings, decrease bone loss and protect against osteoporosis, and help keep fluctuating estrogen levels in check. What’s more? They also prevent blood clots and coronary heart disease, lower cholesterol and blood pressure, and can help prevent breast and lung cancer by reducing the amount of cancer cells.

The secret to these midlife mavericks is their high levels of antioxidants. Pomegranate juice has been found to contain higher antioxidant levels than most other fruit juices, including blueberry or cranberry. Ounce for ounce, pomegranate juice has higher levels than red wine or even green tea. They are also bursting with vitamin C and potassium, and are low in calories and fat.

Pomegranate seeds are also very versatile in how you eat them (if you can get them out of the shell, that is – but more on that in a second). You can simply eat the seeds as a snack or drink a glass of organic pomegranate juice. You can jazz up a salad or some yogurt with them, or even add a little fruity flavor to some chicken.

But just like me, I think a lot of people shy away from eating pomegranates because they don’t quite know how to cut it open and extract the seeds without making a major red-stained mess, but luckily, I found this little “HOW TO” post on The Kitchen Generation website to show you the way.

See, easy! Now that we now how to get those pesky but delicious seeds out of their shell, we can fully enjoy the fruits (pardon the pun) of our labor and reap the many benefits of these fantastic treats.

What’s your favorite way to eat or drink the pom? Please share in comments below!

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