What is pomegranate?
The pomegranate is a fruit-bearing deciduous shrub in the family Lythraceae. In some cultures pomegranates were known as the 'fruit of life' and were believed to spring from the Garden of Paradise. They were a traditional symbol of Fertility and became a popular wedding present in some countries, expressing the sentiment, "May you have as many children as there are seeds". Ancient Indian medicine traditionally used pomegranate to lower fever, whilst Greek medicine used the pomegranate flower to treat diabetes.The ancient Egyptians used the fruit to combat intestinal worms.
For over 4,000 years humans have cultivated pomegranates for their medicinal properties. Traditional healers experimented with its juice, seeds, leaves, flowers, bark, roots and skin. So many different parts of the world have incorporated these different parts of the pomegranate into sacred practices, foods, medicines and cosmetics.
Pomegranate juice has been found to contain higher levels of antioxidants than most other fruit juices, including Blueberry or Cranberry, and more even than Green Tea or red wine. The aforementioned antioxidant content of pomegranates may help to improve endurance and aerobic performance in athletes or those with physically demanding, daily schedules, while its anti-inflammatory properties may help fight inflammation, particularly in the gut.