By Linda Roxanne Bryer
The word is already out: Pomegranate juice is an excellent antioxidant.
But … did you also know that the ENTIRE pomegranate plant is filled to the brim with naturally-occurring healthful compounds? It’s true.
The amazing pomegranate fruit is naturally endowed with polyphenols, tannins, anthocyanins and other compounds, as well as a complete spectrum of amino acids. The seeds (arils), the juice (especially in its fermented form), its flowers, leaves, rind, bark, and roots ALL have specific health benefits! Furthermore, these benefits are not only helpful for a wide variety of women’s health issues, but also for helpingto combat inflammation, and to promote both prostate and heart health. Mother Nature surely created one powerhouse of health in the pomegranate!
Women’s health expert, author of The Hormone Heresy: What Women MUST Know, and lecturer/educator, Dr. Sherrill Sellman, ND, calls the pomegranate “The Woman’s Elixir.” She has written an informative, concise book about the potent pomegranate entitled The Delicate Dance of Hormonal Balance, and she is so eager to share the good health news about the pomegranate with women everywhere, that this book, published by Pomegranate Health, is available for free online via the link below.
Perfecting the Blend of Ancient Wisdom and Modern Science
Mankind has revered the magical, mystical pomegranate since the dawn of recorded history. Ancient Greeks, Romans, and the people of China, India, and the Middle East found its properties to be life giving and invigorating. Traditionally, the pomegranate has been renowned for being one of the most powerful elixirs for women’s health, hormonal balance, and beauty. Furthermore, the pomegranate has been poetically touted by some of the worlds’ brightest literary stars: Chaucer, Homer, and Shakespeare, to name a few.
In recent years, numerous studies, scientific research, and clinical trials have been conducted, with more currently underway. In 1999, one such study demonstrated that pomegranate juice – specifically the fermented juice which is more biologically active than fresh juice – had the power to absorb free radicals and prevent oxidation. As a matter of fact, the body of research gives credit to the Pomegranate as providing one of the most potent combinations of antioxidant compounds of ANY easily obtainable fruit.
Specific attention should be focused on one such class of antioxidants: its broad range of phytoestrogens. These compounds have been shown to stimulate the human estrogen receptors involved in maintaining the health of bones, blood vessels, and nervous tissue, and relieving symptoms of hormonal imbalance and menopause. With positive findings resulting in the numerous studies done to date, more research is on the way to prove the potency of the Pomegranate fruit.
Balancing Hormones … Naturally
One of the most powerful parts of this pomegranate plant is oil extracted from its tiny seeds. It takes 500 pounds of pomegranates to make just one pound of the oil! But the effort is definitely worth it. It turns out that the pomegranate seed contains the greatest variety of phytoestrogens found anywhere in nature.
The pomegranate is a paradoxical fruit. It has beneficial estrogenic properties—as well as anti-estrogenic properties— and it has specifically been shown to help balance an estrogen dominant condition. The many phytoestrogens found in the pomegranate are able to safely bind to the estrogen receptors. These weaker estrogens signal the body to benefit from the estrogen without stimulating a more potent and possibly dangerous, estrogen effect.
THIS IS EXCELLENT NEWS FOR WOMEN OF ALL AGES! The innate ability of the many components found in the pomegranate fruit to help safely modulate and regulate hormones can help in SO many ways: it can balance menstrual cycles, correct PMS, as well as help alleviate the hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, and hormonal imbalances of both perimenopausal and menopausal women. That is NO mean feat (ask ANY woman … and her husband!!).
Recent studies have already demonstrated that the pomegranate fruit can help support ALL of the following: A healthy cardiovascular system (heart, veins, blood and arteries), brain health, liver health, stomach health, immune health, healthy lipid levels in people with diabetes, bone health, oral health, skin health, and prostate health. Count on the pomegranate to remain a focus of medical and other scientific research now and in the future.
Due to the broad spectrum of naturally-occurring compounds in the potent pomegranate, this long-revered fruit offers more benefits as a natural remedy than other herbs that have been traditionally used to treat women’s health issues, such as black cohosh, soy, red clover, etc. It is important to seek out and take the highest quality supplements in order to reap the most health benefit: Pomegranate-based products that are all natural—using NO chemical fillers and NO chemicals during processing—provide not only a safe method, but also a more effective way, for women of ALL ages to successfully balance out hormonal inconsistencies.
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