Pomegranate and Digestion

The Benefits of Pomegranate:

Pomegranate peel, bark and leaves are used to calm disorders of the stomach caused by any kind of digestive problems.

Pomegranate benefits your digestive system by providing B-complex vitamins that help your body efficiently convert fat, protein and carbohydrates into energy. One fruit provides 25% of the folate and about 1/6 of the thiamin, riboflavin and vitamin B-6 you need daily. It also provides 11 grams of fiber, more than twice the amount of fiber in a bowl of bran flakes. Fiber helps food move through your body effectively, assisting with digestion.

Pomegranate also plays a vital role in the secretion of enzymes to improve the function of digestion. Mix pomegranate juice with a teaspoon of honey to cure indigestion and giddiness. It is a rich form of alkali, which helps to neutralize acid. The enzymes secreted are filled with antibacterial properties, which also aid in digestion. It helps to fight off hemorrhoids, nausea, dysentery, intestinal worms and diarrhea. You can also use pomegranate juice as a laxative to treat constipation.

Perk up the flavor and boost the antioxidants and nutrients in your next cup of tea by adding pomegranate juice. Use your favorite brand of black, green or even herbal tea, but when you buy pomegranate juice, check the label because the ingredients, vitamins and minerals can vary between brands.

*Pomegranate fruit or juice should be taken daily for about a month to notice positive results.

How-To:

When it comes to how to open a pomegranate, it does take a little work to get to the tasty pomegranate seeds. Some might describe the effort as tedious, but once you get a hang of how to do it (see below), the payoff is really worth it. Plus, a lot of companies have started offering pomegranate seeds solo in a ready-to-be-eaten state so there are no excuses for not incorporating these little gems into your diet regularly!

If you want the freshest seeds possible, then definitely opt to obtain them from the fruit itself. When choosing a pomegranate, you want to make sure that you pick one that feels heavy (all the juice in those seeds adds up) and has a leathery skin that’s firm and taut with no soft spots. Pomegranates can typically be found in your local grocery store between September and January.

To open a pomegranate, you need a knife, bowl and wooden spoon:

Roll the pomegranate around to loosen the seeds.

Score around the middle of the fruit with a sharp knife, and tear it open into two halves. Try your best to only score the skin and not to cut through into the seeds.

Hold half of the pomegranate with the seeds facing down over a clean bowl, and tap the skin with a wooden spoon while slightly squeezing  to encourage the release of the seeds.

Do the same thing with the other half.

If there are a few stragglers among the white pith, you can simply remove them with your fingers or a spoon.

Enjoy the product of your labor — delicious pomegranate seeds and a bit of pomegranate juice too!

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