It's pomegranate season and this year I decided to try something new: freshly juiced pomegranate seeds in my Omega8006 Nutrition Centre. After some trial and error I learned that it is best to avoid juicing the pith. I simply cut the poms in half and squeezed the arils (seeds) into the mouth of the juicer. This was quite possibly the best pomegranate juice that I have ever tasted. Being so freshly squeezed ensured that all of the wonderful nutrients and living enzymes were as fresh as could be.
Removing the arils from a pomegranate can be messy business, especially if you’re wearing a light coloured shirt. A quick tip for removing the arils is to cut the pomegranate in half, fill a big bowl with cold water and remove the arils while you submerge half of a pomegranate under the water. The pith will float to the top and you will avoid splashing juice everywhere too.
Pomegranates are an antioxidant-rich superfood containing super high amounts of punicalagin. You’ll often see pomegranate in beauty products for their healing properties, boasting benefits including skin cell regeneration, protecting against free radical damage (think sun damage, cancer and sunburn), combating dry skin, aid in the repair of tissues, healing wounds and encouraging circulation to skin which is healing.
Consuming pomegranate also provides your whole body with these healing, antioxidant healthful benefits. It has been found to protect cardiovascular health - consuming pomegranate juice can act as a blood thinner and helps to remove plaque from the arteries. Research has found that consuming pomegranate juice can help lower bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol!