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Pomegranate Juice Recipes


   The pomegranate has been well known for years as the "jewel of winter." The pomegranate is about the size of an average orange or apple. It has a tough skin, and it is dark red to brownish in color. The seeds and the juicy translucent scarlet red pulp are the edible parts of the fruit. Most of the pomegranate's flavor is wrapped in the seeds. The flavor of these juicy seeds is delicate, sweet, and tangy. The membrane is what encases the seeds and is white, spongy and has a very bitter taste.
   Pomegranates have also been recently sought after for their health benefits. The pomegranate has a high potential for disease-fighting antioxidants. Researchers have found studies that suggest pomegranate juice may contain about three times the antioxidant ability compared approximately with the same quantity of green tea or red wine. It is also quite high in potassium and fiber, and contains vitamin C and niacin. Pomegranate juice has been used to treat inflammation, sore throats, and rheumatism. This has been done for centuries in the Middle East, India and Iran.
   Researchers have found that pomegranate juice can act against prostate cancer cells. "Pomegranate juice, a deep red juice, becoming popular as a health drink, works against prostate cancer cells in lab dishes and in mice," U.S. researchers have reported. "Prostate tumors shrank in mice infected with human prostate tumors that drank pomegranate juice," researchers reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The juice is known to be rich in antioxidants that make fruits and vegetables have their vibrant colors. These antioxidants also damage cells that lead to cancer and other such diseases. "Our study adds to growing evidence that pomegranate juice contains very powerful agents against cancer, particularly prostate cancer," Dr. Hasan Mukhtar states, a professor of dermatology at the University of Wisconsin Medical School. The juice has been tested in humans as well, and has been shown to have some positive effects in trying to battle prostate cancer.
   Another study suggests that pomegranate juice may also help fight heart disease. In the mythology of ancient Babylonia, pomegranates were believed to be an agent of resurrection. Today, there is scientific evidence for the wild fruit's restorative powers. The antioxidants in the juice may also help bring down the formation of fat deposits on artery walls.
Acai, Pomegranate and Blueberry Juice

100 g Acai Pulpa
150 ml Pomegranate Juice
Handful of blueberries
Blend and serve.
Pomegranate Juice

3 cups pomegranate seeds (about 4 large)
2 cups water
Place seeds in a heavy-duty zip-top plastic bag; seal, pressing as much air as possible out of bag. Gently mash seeds with a rolling pin or bottom of a bottle. Place mashed seeds, juice, and water in a medium nonreactive saucepan, and bring to a boil. Cook 10 minutes. Strain mixture through a sieve into a bowl; discard solids. Store in refrigerator or proceed with recipe as directed.
Pomegranate Punch (Juice)

1 pomegranate
1 orange
1 pineapple ring
1/4 lemon
Peel and cut the orange and pineapple into sections. Juice all of the fruit and combine with gingerale.


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