Pomegranate

By: Brooke Hanson

Benefits

  • Lessens diarrhea symptoms
  • Fights cell damage
  • Reduces Cholesterol
  • Fights against cancer especially Prostate and Breast
  • Can increase oxygen levels to the heart
  • May reduce redness of arthritis by slowing down enzymatic activity (breaking down cartilage)

Vitamins

  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin K
  • Pyridoxine (B-6)
  • Pantothenic Acid (B-5)
  • Folic (B-9)

Minerals/Nutrients

  • Calcium
  • Copper
  • Potassium
  • Manganese
  • Punicic Acid
  • Fiber

Origin/History

  • First cultivated in Greece
  • Pomegranates were frequently featured in Greek art in the Orientalizing period

Interesting Fact

  • In Greek Mythology anyone who ate pomegranates in the underworld would be stuck there for eternity.
  • In the Neo-Assyrian Period Mesopotamian's often referred to the pomegranate tree as the sacred tree.
  • In Buddhism the pomegranate represents the spirit of favorable inspirations in art.