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posted Jan 3, 2013, 11:39 AM by Susan Bernhardt   [ updated Jan 3, 2013, 11:39 AM ]
This week, I’ve seen pomegranates in Whole Foods and Costco. A couple of weeks ago, I saw pomegranates all over Israel - hanging on trees, in open-air food markets, and at street juice stands all over. The street vendors use a hand juicing machine to turn a couple of pomegranates into a frothy, delicious cup of fresh pomegranate juice. Yum.

Many Western medicine studies are looking at pomegranates as possibly having a number of health benefits, like reducing PSA levels, decreasing prostate tumor growth, being high in antioxidants and Vitamin C, lowering LDL cholesterol preventing LDL damage, helping blood flow and preventing arteries from becoming thick and stiff, lowering systolic blood pressure, treating osteoarthritis and more. See and

Ayurveda has long viewed pomegranates (dadim in Sanskrit) as having medicinal properties. Pomegranates have sweet, astringent, and sour tastes. The juice can cool an inflamed stomach and intestines, and help with hyperacidity and related nausea. In menopause, the cooling effect of the fruit or juice can provide some welcome relief. The astringent taste helps with bleeding as well as with diarrhea or loose stools. Pomegranates have been viewed throughout history as an aphrodisiac (a recent study backs this up, finding the juice is helpful with mild to moderate erectile dysfunction). They also are seen in Ayurveda as tonics for the heart and the brain and nervous system. Pomegranates can help with parasites. I turn dried pomegranate rind into a powder that I use in herbal formulas. If you buy organic pomegranates, I’d love to get the rinds from you!