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4. Men’s Health

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eve established that the pomegranate has much to offer women and, as so often turns out, whats good for the goose is sauce for the gander. Men can also turn to the pomegranate for help with gender-specific conditions.

Awareness of male prostate health is at an all-time high, thanks to numerous high-profile males speaking openly about their prostate conditions. Erectile dysfunction, once a private and discreet discussion between a man and his doctor, has now become a high-profile item on the American advertising agenda, due in no small part to a new fascination with pharmaceuticals touted for countering this condition. Yet, the appeal of such items has been perennial; aphrodisiacs and performance enhancers being both ancient and universal.

Nowadays, studies show that pomegranate juice can slow the progression of prostate cancer, and its potent, anti-inflammatory antioxidants aid in preventing or relieving symptoms of an enlarged prostate. Furthermore, the fruit also has been shown to improve penile blood flow and erectile response.

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8. Today’s Best Pomegranate Products and Supplements

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he pomegranateconsidered an exotic fruit not too long agohas indeed gone mainstream, popping up in juices, dressings, martinis, Frappuccinos, extracts, nutritional supplements, body lotions, and delectable dishes. Its long history of medicinal use, its many mentions in religious and spiritual texts, and a growing body of scientific research all collude to illuminate its role in promoting better health.

Now youve seen how this fruits distinct qualities, phytochemicals, and phytohormones help your metabolic and endocrine systems to normalize. Its antioxidants seem to alleviate some of the less exhilarating changes through which aging exteriors often go. Women are finding the pomegranate useful for menopausal complaints and for the prevention of breast cancer. Men are turning to the fruit for help in their quest for better prostate health and natural function. And those concerned with their heart health are discovering that the pomegranate shows promise against cardiovascular ailments. So, why and how is this popular fruit so effective for many conditions affecting men and women, young and old?

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3. Women’s Health

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ome Biblical scholars insist that the fruit from which Eve took the first forbidden bite was not the apple, but the pomegranate. While the forbidden fruit has symbolized the source of human troubles, today the lovely pomegranate is recognized as a source of numerous benefits specific to women.

Recent research suggests that the pomegranate, rich in flavonoids, may be effective at treating and possibly preventing breast cancer. Moreover, this fruit may help with the depression and bone loss associated with menopause. Phytoestrogens from pomegranate seeds have been shown to reduce some of the symptoms of menopause through gentle, mild stimulation of estrogen receptorshormone receptors that, following menopause, lose effectiveness.

Pomegranate Phytoestrogens

Pomegranate seeds, the white interior of the juicy arils, are 18 percent oil. Once that oil is extracted, seed cake remains. Seed cake contains bioactive plant chemicals, including lignins and polysaccharides, from which the cell walls of the seeds are built. It is the main repository of the plants phytoestrogenic compounds. Lignans are phytoestrogenic (estrogen-like compounds found in certain plant foods) and appear to have cancer-preventive properties, particularly in women. These compounds may also reduce the risk of osteoporosis.

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5. Your Heart Will Love Pomegranates

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. . . Pomegranate . . . if cut deep down the middle, shows a heart within blood-tinctured, of a veined humanity.

ELIZABETH BARRETT BROWNING, LADY GERALDINES COURTSHIP

To the ancient Chinese alchemists, the pomegranates blood-red color was a sign of immortality. The Doctrine of Signatures suggests that the pomegranates color, shape, and size are a hint from Mother Nature that this food is good for the heart.

Studies show that just two ounces of pomegranate juice daily can help preserve the health of the cardiovascular system, which includes the heart itself and the many arteries that feed its muscular walls. Considering the prevalence of heart disease in America, this is good news. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death in both men and women in the United States and most of the world.

CVD is not a single disease, but rather a group of interrelated conditions that affect the heart, blood vessels, and blood cells. A heart attack or occlusive stroke (where a clot or other blockage cuts off blood supply to a part of the brain) is the culmination of many years of small shifts in the health of the cardiovascular systems many parts. Early intervention in the development of cardiovascular disease with dietary changes that have been conclusively shown to preserve cardiovascular health is part of a solid strategy for prevention.

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9. Pomegranate as a Source of Beneficial Compounds

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n the preceding pages, we have cited many examples of the use of fresh pomegranates, their juice, their seed oil, and specific synergistically prepared nutritional supplements for benefiting a wide range of health conditions. Still, though these applications may improve general health or ameliorate particular health problems, their use is not strictly medical. In other words, the fruit or its extracts are not used as pharmaceutical drugs, or medicines.

The vast field of nutritional supplements has risen up, in part, to help bridge the gap between food and medicines. Yet, for treating extreme medical problems, most physicians and perhaps even their patients, still prefer to utilize prescription drugs or pharmaceuticals, and this is not likely to change.

For all their status, pharmaceutical products are fraught with many disadvantages, largely owing to the deficiencies of pure chemicals compared to complex natural products. The pure chemicals generally lack the synergistic benefits and pleiotropic effects of the complex products. But because they are much easier to standardize for research purposes and to evaluate in the laboratory, pure chemicals are preferred by most medical professionals for the treatment or prevention of disease.

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