It’s pomegranate season now (we are in autumn right now). There are two things I want to tell you about pomegranates today so it gives you a better appreciation for this amazing fruit.
One: its hormonal rebalancing and healing properties.
In the Indian, Persian and Middle Eastern culture, pomegranate is like kale to us – a superfood. It was used for generations as an elixir to lessen the symptoms of menopause, improve fertility and the overall health of a woman. A number of published research studies show that pomegranates not only have phytoestrogenic properties but are also potent antioxidants due to the presence to flavonoids such as anthocyanins (which is what gives the deep red color).
Do not worry that pomegranates are full of phytoestrogens. The offer the widest range of estrogens including the safe and protective ones like estrone and estriol. Fascinatingly, this research shows that pomegranate can inhibit the proliferation of breast cancer cells by blocking the aggressive estrogen – estradiol, excess of which has been linked to breast cancer. On the other hand, pomegranates promote the good estrogens which are key in us feeling hormonally balanced.
So there you have it: one fruit that not only looks beautiful and tastes divine but can also help you rebalance your hormones naturally – aiding PMS, fibroids, endometriosis, infertility, breast cysts/cancer and lowering inflammation which is highly present in all women with hormonal imbalances.
Two: How to get these seeds out?!
I know, I know. Many people avoid buying and eating pomegranates because the prospect of taking the seeds out can be daunting. But, there is a method I want to share with you (see below video) that is super fun (involves whacking the pomegranate) and takes only 2 minutes to get the seeds out. This is not the “water method” which I personally don’t like as lots of juice is lost this way.
OK, and finally comes the simple and delightful recipe which makes this a wonderful and healing afternoon snack.
Time to make: 5 minutes
1/2 pomegranate, de-seeded (see video above how to do it)
1-2 tbsp walnut butter (or any nut butter you like)
2 tbsp coconut milk
How to make
You don’t really make it. Just place all the ingredients and enjoy it with a full heart.