November 19, 2018

The Miracle of the Pomegranate

“The regal-looking pomegranate, ruby-red with a crown on top, ripens on Israeli trees just in time to decorate Jewish New Year holiday tables in early autumn. Each fruit has hundreds of edible juicy seeds, called arils, traditionally equated to the 613 commandments in the Torah.

But pomegranates are appreciated across the world, any time of year, as evidence keeps mounting about their healing and health-protective properties.

“The juice from the seeds is very rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals,” says Esther Frumkin, a Traditional Chinese Medicine herbalist, nutritional counselor and macrobiotic cooking teacher in Israel.

GI distress, hot flashes, hemorrhoids, conjunctivitis, osteoarthritis, hypertension and high cholesterol are some of the ailments pomegranate seeds can ease. They guard against disease – even cancer and heart disease — by boosting immunity and reducing chronic inflammation. Frumkin says pomegranate rind tea can treat diarrhea, dysentery, mouth sores and throat irritation, while pomegranate bark tea kills intestinal parasites.

Five years after ISRAEL21c’s highly popular story “Top 10 great reasons to love the pomegranate” first appeared, we talked to Israeli scientists to discover three important new reasons why the pomegranate is the crown jewel of all fruits.”

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