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Test your knowledge on the pomegranate – classified as a berry. The plant is placed by itself in its own family – Punicaceae, with only one genus Punica, and one predominant species – P. granatum.
1. True or false?
The pomegranate is just another "new craze" that will soon pass from memory like many so-called "super foods."
Answer: false

The pomegranate, also called Phoenician apple, is one of the oldest known foods. In the Ebers Papyrus medical writings (around 1500 BC), the pomegranate was used to treat tapeworms and other infections. In fact, some biblical scholars believe it symbolizes the "fruit of seduction" Eve gave to Adam in the garden of Eden, according to Genesis.

Solomon compared his lover's cheeks to " piece of pomegranate behind your veil" (Songs of Solomon 6:7).

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The above image shows the Ancient Greek goddess (or principle) of marriage Hera holding a pomegranate – the symbol of marriage.
2. Which of the following statements is correct?
Tests show that feasting on the pomegranate regularly (when in season) can:
  1. boost reproductive health for both women and men
  2. improve the chances of women conceiving and bearing a healthy baby
  3. enhance erectile function for men
  4. improve heart health
  5. all of the above
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Various studies have been carried out on the activity of the pomegranate juice and fruit extract on humans and rodents alike.
Answer: v
In a double-blind study involving 42 male patients with mild to moderate erectile dysfunction, 25 reported improvement in erectile function after drinking pomegranate juice. The juice can also helps to improve a woman's chances of having a healthy baby and fight back the effects of ageing on her ovaries. The secret lies in their power to preserve the short-lived NO, which preserves her embryo against miscarriage.
3. Which of the following statements is correct?
The fruit, leaf, rind, or bark of that one plant with the highest antioxidant property known to modern science is:
  1. apple
  2. grape
  3. blueberries
  4. pomegranate
  5. green tea
Answer: v
A glass of pomegranate juice (commercial kind) contains three times more antioxidant activity and is more protecting of nitric oxide than red wine, green tea, blueberries and cranberries. The whole fruit exhibited roughly 20 fold higher antioxidant activity than the level found in the juice of the arils alone. Of 28 commonly consumed foods in China – peel, pulp and seed fractions – the peel had the highest antioxidant activity.
4. True of false?
Pomegranate helps to lower low-density (LDL) cholesterol.
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Answer: true
Pomegranate seed oil abounds in plant phytosterol β-Sitosterol, which inhibits the uptake of dietary and biliary cholesterol, thus prevents the oxidation of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) in the intestines.
5. True or false?
Pomegranate juice is a youth rejuvenator and mood enhancer.
Answer: true
It improves the blood composition which, in influencing the endocrine glands – namely the thyroid – affects your moods favourably by acting on phenylalanine, augmenting the production of tyrosine. Any food that affects the enzymatic processes of thyroid hormones is also crucial particularly to the conversion of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol into anti-ageing steroids such as pregnenolone, progesterone, and DHEA.
6. True or false?
Pomegranate seed oil can increase your auric (electromagnetic) field.
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Answer: true
A positive effect omega 5 fatty (punicic) acid from pomegranate seeds on cell membrane repair and ATP production, according to one study, is an increase in one’s electromagnetic field – by as much as much as tenfold (40 to 50 feet).
7. True or false?
If you hypersensitive to pomegranate, it is still alright to eat it.
Answer: false
There are people who are hypersensitive to the pomegranate and should be cautious with its use, especialy those who suffer from hepatic disease and asthma.
Trusting you did well on your knowledge of the pomegranate. But whether or not you did, there seems to be no end to Mother Nature unlocking her secrets of the fruit that symbolizes human immortality ....
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