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5 Benefits Of Pomegranate That Will Surprise You (+Healthy Recipes)

5 Benefits Of Pomegranate That Will Surprise You (+Healthy Recipes)

Pomegranate is a superfood that originated in a place in the Middle East once known as Persia. It is a powerful fruit for many reasons. Some love it for its health benefits, others for its cultural significance. Many would argue that pomegranate was the original forbidden fruit, not the apple. Whatever might be true, it is undeniable that this is one incredibly healthy fruit. For this reason, we should try to incorporate it into our diet.

Unfortunately, pomegranate is not so popular among fruit lovers. However, after you read about the amazing benefits of pomegranate, you will want to stock up. Not only is it good for your physical health, it also tastes delicious. Read on for some of the amazing health benefits of pomegranate, as well as some recipes to help you incorporate it into your diet.

1. Pomegranate could prevent heart disease

Pomegranate is useful if you want to lower your blood pressure. It helps keep your blood vessels open, so your blood flows more easily. By keeping your heart healthy this way, you could prevent heart attacks and strokes. Thanks to the polyphenols and anthocyanins found in pomegranate, as well as its antioxidant properties, your heart will be healthy for a long time.

2. Fight joint pain with pomegranate

Another benefit of this wonderful fruit is the ability to treat joint pain and arthritis, thanks to the anti-inflammatory elements found in it. By consuming pomegranate, you increase your chances of reducing inflammation. You cannot cure arthritis, but you can still significantly reduce the pain, which is better than nothing.

3. Pomegranate can help fight cancer

Because it is rich in antioxidants, acids and other healthy elements, pomegranate is recommended for fighting cancer. Another useful property is its anti-inflammatory ability. Pomegranate helps banish cancer cells or slow them down. The fruit, or its juice, are good for breast, prostate, skin or lung cancer.

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4. Treat fungal or bacterial infections with pomegranate

If you boost your immune system with this red fruit, you could fight off any infections in your body. For example, use it to fight urinary infection or any inflammation in the mouth. The juice from the fruit could help heal the damaged tissues in your body, and strengthen your immune system.

5. Pomegranate can help with erectile dysfunction

Consuming pomegranate juice can help you protect nitric oxide from being destroyed, which is important for the proper function of your blood vessels. Having good blood flow is crucial for your whole body and overall health, as well as proper erectile function. Drinking pomegranate juice, or eating the fruit itself on regular basis, would be good for you. After a certain time, positive changes should occur. There are many other ways to treat ED, but you could start by changing your diet and eating healthier.

As you can see there are many health benefits coming from pomegranates. Even better, you can consume it in different ways such as eating the raw fruit, drinking pomegranate juice or including it in some of your recipes.

Enjoy the Benefits of Pomegranate With These Recipes

Sweet potatoes with coconut, pomegranate, and lime

Pomegranate and sweet potatoes

    For this meal you will need four sweet potatoes, coconut flakes and milk, chopped cilantro, 1 cup of pomegranate seeds, salt and lime. Start off by preheating the oven to 400 degrees. While the oven is being heated, prepare the potatoes, which you will pierce with a fork to make small holes. Bake them for 45 minutes, or until they are tender.

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    After they are done, let them cool a little, then make a small opening on top of each potato. Combine the rest of the ingredients and sprinkle on top. You can season with salt according to your taste. It is recommended to serve the potatoes with lime wedges.

    Cranberry-pomegranate relish

    Pomegranate cranberrie relish

      Take a medium-sized saucepan and heat two spoons of oil in it. When it is heated, cut one shallot and put it in. Cook until it is soft brown in color. The next step involves adding one bag of frozen cranberries, one cup of pomegranate juice, and half a cup of brown sugar. You can also add salt and pepper, if you wish.

      Keep it on the stove until it boils. Turn the heat down, and let it simmer for 10 more minutes with constant stirring. When done, add half a cup of pomegranate seeds. After it is cooled, it will be ready to serve.

      Spiced pears and pomegranate

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      Pear and pomegranate juice

        The required ingredients for this recipe are: three peeled pears, cut into wedges; one pomegranate; lemon juice; brown sugar; nutmeg; cinnamon.

        Put the pears and pomegranate seeds into a bowl. Add lemon juice and the rest of ingredients. Mix so the fruit is nicely coated. When you finish, cover the dish and let it cool in the fridge for at least an hour. Serve cold, on small plates. If you like, you can add chopped almonds to spice it up, and garnish with fresh mint leaves.

        Spinach and pomegranate salad

        Pomegranate and spinach salad

          This recipe is very easy to make. You will need 10 ounces of baby spinach leaves, 10 ounces of arugula leaves, one sliced red onion, one can of mandarin oranges and one pomegranate.

          Mix all ingredients in a bowl and it will be ready to serve. You can eat just the salad or use it as a side dish.

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          Pomegranate and berry smoothie

          Pomegranate and mixed berry smoothie

            If you are in a hurry, this is the perfect recipe for you. It is ready in five minutes and you only need three ingredients: half a cup of pomegranate juice, half a cup of vanilla yogurt, and one cup of frozen berries. Put the ingredients in a blender, and blend until they are mixed and pureed. Serve in glasses.

            Featured photo credit: Bon Appetit via shutterstock.com

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            Last Updated on June 26, 2019

            I Hate My Life: 10 Things You Can Do Now to Stop Hating Life

            I Hate My Life: 10 Things You Can Do Now to Stop Hating Life

            Hating life is a bit of a misnomer it seems: in the media, in education, in every aspect of our lives, we’re shown visions of a perfect world, one where everyone is happy and life is a decades-long dream. Unfortunately, it isn’t.

            Life can and is hard and tough and painful at times. I have first-hand experience of this: at this time years ago, I was a recent university graduate, unemployed and aimless. All of this was having a knock-on effect on my social and mental wellbeing—I wasn’t sleeping. I wasn’t seeing my friends as often. I was snappy to family members and I could barely drag myself out of bed in the morning…

            That doesn’t mean it can’t change.

            Life goes through ebbs and flows all the time and the key to getting through it all without cutting off your social circle and eating your local grocery store out of Ben & Jerry’s, is to cultivate some techniques and methods of going through life with some stability and grace. It’s not a guarantee against life’s hardships but, take the steps you want to use and you won’t hate life.

            If you want to stop hating your life and start falling in love with it, take these steps:

            1. Get Plenty of Sleep

            Seriously, you’re obviously going to be grouchy and more inclined towards the more miserable side, if you’re not getting your recommended seven or more hours of sleep a night.

            Start checking in how much you sleep and then start making steps to go to bed earlier and sleep for longer. It might cure every problem but at least you’ll be well-rested and less likely to nap throughout the day. If you having trouble getting to sleep, go and

            2. Eat Healthily

            I have had a real issue with eating healthily for years and it wasn’t until I was hospitalised a few years ago (for a condition unrelated to my eating for the sake of disclosure), that I really started to look at what I ate and how I viewed my body.

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            I’m absolutely an advocate of body positivity and loving your body at any size and while I haven’t lost any huge amount of weight, eating a hell of a lot healthier improved my mood and made me feel better.

            In short, it’s absolutely okay to have a pizza and a soda as a treat, but just have something healthier tomorrow.

            3. Write It All Down

            Sometimes the best thing you can do is let it all out. Keeping things that are making you hate life all bottled up is neither helpful to getting out of that cycle nor healthy for your overall wellbeing.

            Grab yourself a notebook, a journal, a diary, a bit of paper, whatever, and just start writing down how you feel. As soon as you’ve done that, start thinking about what you could do in theory to stop this from happening or to stop you from feeling like this.

            4. Get Some Fresh Air

            It’s underrated and we all take it for granted, but really, getting out of your home and going for a walk can be really beneficial. It gets you outside in the (hopefully) sunshine and getting to see the whole of life as you walk around can be really grounding and calming.

            Believe me, if you’re stuck inside mulling over on the bad things of your life, grab a pair of sneakers and go for a walk. Plus, it’s free. Can’t say better than that, can you?

            5. Get Some Exercise

            This is practically a Part II of the previous step, but as someone who used to look at the gym as something people did when they were feeling particularly masochistic, I can actually say I enjoy it now.

            You don’t even have to subscribe to a fancy gym—go for a run around the block with your headphones in or lift some heavy boxes to build up muscle tone.

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            Bonus: Doing all that heavy lifting of boxes or incorporating exercise into chores will make your house cleaner and look even more awesome, as well as making you look and feel better.

            6. Treat Yourself

            Hating your life can be exhausting, and I mean that literally. It drains the energy from you until all you want to do is lie in bed with a pint of ice cream and the last five seasons of a TV show on Netflix.

            Therefore, a good thing to keep your spirits up can be to treat yourself.

            Life is too short, after all, to deny yourself some treats. Go see that movie that looks awesome in the cinema, grab a gelato with a friend, paint your nails, whatever makes you happy, do it. You deserve it.

            Here’re more ideas to inspire you: 30 Ways To Treat Yourself No Matter What

            7. Cut out Those Negative Triggers

            Chances are that if you hate life, something is setting off those triggers in your head. Until you’re able to deal with them without turning all misanthropic, the best thing might be just to get rid of all of those negative triggers.

            If you’re suffering from what AllGroanUp refer to as “Obsessive Comparison Disorder” (i.e. obsessively checking out the lifestyles of all your “successful” friends), then stop using Facebook and Twitter as much.

            Social media can be a fantastic way to connect, but it can be also be a toxic environment for neuroses and comparisons to breed.

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            Trust me, I know. If it sets you off, cut it out.

            8. Dance

            Yes you can dance. No, really, you can. It doesn’t matter if you’re not some breakdancing dynamo or ballroom extraordinaire, everyone can dance. It’s programmed into the human race, the ultimate expression of emotion.

            Dance like no one’s watching, dance like you don’t care. Tap your feet, sway your hips, go as mad or as wild as you want to to your favourite songs. Nothing quite shakes the cobwebs off than losing yourself in rhythm and dance to a song you love.

            9. Get Organized

            A great way to start moving forward and looking at what you can change in your life to make it better, is to get organized.

            Spend a weekend going through your home and clearing the unnecessary stuff out of it. Get rid of the stuff you don’t need or don’t want anymore and start to give everything a space.

            It doesn’t have to look like it’s stepped off the pages of Good Housekeeping, but clearing a lot of space and making sure that your home has a bit of harmony can do wonders for your mental wellbeing.

            10. Pay It Forward

            Life is a mystery and it can be a minefield to get through. Sometimes you stumble, sometimes you fall. The important part is to pick yourself back up and keep walking forward.

            Paying it forward is simply helping others. Charity is something that is often thrown around as an accessory to human behavior—how many celebrities have you read about who have done something heinous, but are defended by the phrase “but [they] do charity work”?

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            Go volunteer! If you think you’re at breaking point, go help other people.

            People in the world out there will be going through the same things that you are going through; and while you might not run into someone who’s going through the exact same circumstances, you will be helping people who need help.

            Helping out a soup kitchen, or at a church bake sale, or at a homeless shelter or wherever needs help, can make a huge difference to the lives of those individuals involved. And believe me, it’ll do a hell of a lot for your state of mind .

            A great idol of mine, Audrey Hepburn, once stated that we have two hands: one for helping ourselves, and one for helping others. That’s a fantastic sentiment and one I think will help people who hate their live.

            If you go and help other people, you’re having such a positive ripple effect on the world that some of it will come back to you one way or another, and it will get better.

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