A few days before CNY last month, we were at Cold Storage at Gardens, Mid Valley and saw a promotion on freshly juiced pomegranate juice. The pomegranates were flown in from Turkey. There were a few Turkish representatives at the booth to promote the fruit. There was a really long bee line of customers waiting to buy the freshly squeezed pomegranate juice. Though priced at RM12.99 a bottle, many people did not mind the price, including us! I first bought 2 bottles and when the MIL saw them, she followed suit and bought 2 bottles herself. The juice was really sweet, pure and fresh. Each bottle consisted of about 2-3 whole pomegranates.
Cass could not wait to grab her bottle of freshly squeezed pomegranate juice and drank it immediately.
Health Benefits of Pomegranates:
The pomegranate is known as a superfood. Its jewel-like seeds (arils) have been used for medicinal purposes for millennia. Packed with powerful antioxidants and vitamins, this ruby-red fruit has been shown to be a cure-all for just about any ailment. It helps stomach upsets, menopausal hot flashes, hemorrhoids, conjunctivitis, osteoarthritis, lowers blood pressure, stimulates the immune system, wards off the flu, reduces inflammation, reduces risk of heart disease and lowers cholesterol.
The peel is good for the heart and blood vessels; the white membrane is good for stopping diarrhea and good for wounds and ulcers of the mouth and throat. The fruit also strengthens the brain, cleanses the body and blood from toxins, and is very good at expelling worms from the intestines.
Pomegranates keep you young too. Chinese herbology cites pomegranate juice as a longevity treatment. And thanks to the pomegranate’s antioxidant extracts, modern science and the cosmetics industry agree that topical application of products containing the ruby red fruit can keep wrinkles at bay. Pomegranate-tinged anti-aging creams, massage oils, masques and toners are readily available these days.