I was greatly surprised by e-mails that I received after my birch juice joke. People told me that the birch tree is now beginning to sell in America and the world as another super miracle food and is quite expensive. On one hand it could be flattering for me to learn that so many average, everyday Russian foods are now marketed as super foods. On the other hand when I visit Russia they seem to not care about their kombucha on the window sill, the birch tree juice in the fridge, the sea buckhorn syrup, and sweets made with goji berries. Russians pay top money for mangos, avocados and cherry tomatoes which are promoted on Russian television as an absolute must for being healthy.
I invite you to be more aware of possibilities of exaggeration from marketers. When I hear about a new super food I check what nutrient it claims to be high in and then I see what local food contains that same nutrient. My favorite website for this search is www.nutritiandata.com This is how I discovered that grape leaves have 200 times more resveratrol than grape seeds; red cabbage is comparable to acai berries in phytonutrient antioxidants, and that pomegranates are comparable to v’i’a’g’r’a.
Researchers report that long-term consumption of pomegranate juice may help combat erectile dysfunction. Studies show that there is a possibility that pomegranate compounds might prevent prostate cancer or slow its growth. (1)
In addition, pomegranates have very high content of punicalagins, a potent anti-oxidant component found to be responsible for its superior health benefits. The level of antioxidants in pomegranates is even higher than blueberries, cranberries and oranges. This was attributed to the very high polyphenol content in the fruit.
They are also a good source of vitamin B (riboflavin, thiamin and niacin), vitamin C, calcium and phosphorus. These combination and other minerals in pomegranates cause a powerful synergy that prevents and reverses many diseases.
Pomegranate may reduce the risk of having a heart disease, heart attacks, and strokes. They possess high levels of antioxidants and thus help support the body’s normal defense in the prevention of certain cancers. Pomegranates are rumored to help reduce the possibility of having premature babies and Alzheimer’s disease.
Pomegranate are rich in antioxidants that can keep bad LDL cholesterol from oxidizing This degradation of LDL may lead to the development of atherosclerosis. In addition, pomegranate juice, like aspirin, can help keep blood platelets from clumping together to form unwanted clots.
This is the beginning of pomegranate season in the northern hemisphere, so share the benefits of pomegranates with your loved ones!