A health history
The health-giving, disease-inhibiting qualities of the pomegranate have been observed in many cultures. It has been used as a remedy for hundreds of years throughout the Middle East, India and Iran and Turkey for all kinds of inflammation, sore throats and rheumatism. Recent research points to medical benefits in combating many of the conditions of ageing, Alzheimer's disease, various forms of cancer, heart disease, stroke and hypertension, arthritis, and in protecting the foetus from brain injury.
One pomegranate can provide 40% of an adult's recommended daily amounts (rda) of Vitamin C. It contains ample folic acid and vitamins A and E, and has three times the antioxidant properties of red wine or green tea.
Cultivated widely throughout India, Iran, Syria, Turkey, North Africa, and, more recently, North America, it was known to the ancient Greeks; appeared in the decorated pillars of Solomon's temple and is used to this day in certain ancient Jewish ceremonials.
• Prostate cancer.
• Alzheimer's disease.
• Heart disease.
• Weight loss.
In the news
BBC: "Pomegranates 'slow tumour growth'."
BBC: "Juice 'can slow prostate cancer'."
BBC: "Pomegranates: the fruity panacea."
The Telegraph: "Super foods: pomegranate."
National Geographic news: "Pomegranate Juice
Fights Heart Disease, Study Says."
Diabetes.co.uk: "Pomegranate juice to help diabetes."
Medical News Today: "Pomegranate juice for pregnant mothers may help babies resist brain injury."