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Stay young with pomegranates

For generations, the pomegranate has been regarded as a fruit with exceptional health benefits. Consuming pomegranate in any form can be beneficial (seeds or juice) as it helps repair damaged cells and strengthens the immune system and body against disease.

health and fitness Updated: Nov 24, 2011 15:57 IST
Dr Anjali Mukerjee
Dr Anjali Mukerjee
Hindustan Times
pomegranate

For generations, the pomegranate has been regarded as a fruit with exceptional health benefits. Consuming pomegranate in any form can be beneficial (seeds or juice) as it helps repair damaged cells and strengthens the immune system and body against disease.

Studies have shown that pomegranate is one of the most powerful, nutrient dense foods for overall good health. Pomegranate is low in calories, high in fibre, vitamins and phyto chemicals (plant chemicals) and makes for a great snack. The plant chemicals in its seeds are polyphenols and offer heart and anti-cancer benefits.

The rind of the fruit and the bark of the pomegranate tree is used as a remedy against diarrhoea, dysentery and intestinal parasites. The seeds and juice are considered a tonic for the heart, throat and eyes and as a remedy for stopping nose bleeds, gum bleeds, toning skin and treating haemorrhoids. It has antioxidants that protect the heart, relieve one from stomach disorders, and even have skin and anti-ageing benefits.

Here’s a recipe for those in search of a fresh, younger look:
Ingredients:
1 small amla
1 cup pomegranate
1 cup black grapes n chaat masala
Black salt
Procedure:
Deshell pomegranate and run it in the mixer.
Strain it for any seeds, keep the juice separately.
Wash the grapes and run it in the mixer.
Strain it, keep the juice separately.
Now mix both the juices together, add 2 table spoon amla juice, chaat masala and black salt.

Dr Anjali Mukerjee is a nutritionist and founder of Health Total, a nutrition counselling centre.