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Pomegranate: The Health Benefits And Potential Side Effects

The Pomegranate tree, a shrub that grows up to 5-8 meters high, originated in Afghanistan and Iran.

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The trees are unique in that they are very drought resistant once they are well established.

They become super tough and thrive in hot, dry climates.

These plants don’t need to be watered much. Give it plenty of water when you irrigate and then hold off until the next irrigation.

It’s also important to plant the tree in a warm, dry spot that gets constant sun throughout the day.

On average, they requires about 45 inches of water per year either from rainfall or irrigation.

For those of you who live in areas that receive on average more than this amount, you don’t need to worry about watering.

In the 20th and 21st centuries, the plants became more common in the U.S. thanks to their amazing health benefits.

They are high in polyphenols, a type of antioxidant which helps protect against damaging free radicals.

They are also a good source of vitamin C and contain potassium, folic acid, and iron.

Studies suggest that the potent antioxidant found in pomegranates can help prevent heart disease, cancer, and cognitive impairment.

While most fruits are forbidden for diabetics because of their sugar, pomegranates are recommended.

But make sure you buy a juice that is NOT from concentrate. Concentrates are a diabetics worst nightmare!

Pomegranate juice benefits for men

Good blood flow to the penis is essential for an erection. Drinking pomegranate juice will help maintain proper blood flow and is one of the best remedies for erectile dysfunction.

If taken regularly for 15-20 days it will also increase your libido.

I decided to put these claims to the test and I can honestly say that this stuff not only helped me get a stronger erection, but it also increased my sex drive.

For women, the benefits also include an increased libido.

A study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis suggests pomegranate juice may also prevent pregnancy complications such as preeclampsia, growth restriction and preterm birth.

However, it is advised that pregnant women should not take the seed extracts.

The extract, which is a more concentrated version of the juice, is not recommended as it promotes contractions and can induce early labor.

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Can dogs eat pomegranate

Pomegranates are great for humans, but not so much for dogs.

Dogs find pomegranates hard to digest, which can cause the dog to have stomach pain or even vomit.

It’s best to stick with dog-friendly fruits like apples or berries.

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Pomegranate Smoothie

If you love McDonald’s Blueberry Pomegranate Smoothie, then you are certainly going to enjoy this much healthier version jam-packed with powerful superfoods.

Ingredients

1 cup pomegranate juice
1 handful of ice
1/3 cup of frozen blueberries
1 Tablespoon of plain Greek yogurt
Serving of organic whey protein
1 teaspoon of baobab powder
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/2 banana
1 handful of spinach

Add all the ingredients in a blender and enjoy!

Pomegranate liqueur

It’s no surprise that this powerful antioxidant has made a big splash in the cocktail industry.

Today I’m going to share with you some of my favorite pomegranate alcoholic drinks.

Vodka pomegranate

60 ml Vodka
20 ml Pomegranate Liqueur
30 ml Pomegranate juice
15 ml Fresh lemon juice

Shake all ingredients with ice and fine strain into a chilled martini glass.

Pomegranate tequila

1 qt tequila, gold or silver
1/2 cup pomegranate concentrate

Combine both ingredients and mix thoroughly in a large bottle and then serve in shot glasses.

Pomegranate Mojito

3/4 ounce pomegranate juice
2 ounces rum
3/4 ounce lime juice
3/4 ounce simple syrup

Shake all ingredients and pour into a glass filled with crushed ice. Then top the glass with 1-2 ounces of soda water followed by 6-7 mint leaves.

Pomegranate oil

Will all these amazing health benefits, pomegranate seed oil is now an ingredient in high-end skin care formulations.

Rich in Phytosterols & Vitamin E, it helps reduce wrinkles by increasing elasticity, promoting youthful looking skin.

There is also plenty of hype surrounding its ability to prevent hair loss and promote hair growth.

Pomegranate side effects

Will all these amazing health benefits, I’ll bet you want to rush out to the store to grab a few bottles of the juice now.

But hold up. Here’s what you need to know first.

Pomegranate juice is more acidic than other fruits like apples, watermelon, papaya, mangoes, pineapple, strawberries, oranges, and bananas.

If you frequently suffer from GERD (also known as acid reflux or heartburn), then it’s best to consult with your doctor before consuming the juice.

Acidity is not the only concern if you’re looking for maximum health benefits.

Many of the bottles you find in grocery stores contain artificial flavors, preservatives, or added sugar.

Sugar-sweetened drinks have been associated with several health problems including obesity and type 2 diabetes.

Luckily, there’s a really easy way to avoid all these problematic food additives: just buy 100% organic pomegranate juice (not from concentrate).

You can also buy it online like I do. I use a 100% organic brand NOT from concentrate – the highest quality – from Lakewood.

Remember to read labels on food packages and shop as wholesome and organic as possible.

The more whole, natural foods you eat, the better off you will be.

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