My coworker borrowed this book from one of the physician's offices upstairs, and it was a sample encylopedia book of Food and it's Natural Causes (I may have the title wrong though) and it had examples, one food for each section, so naturally I jumped to the intestinal section. The food listed as beneficial for the intestines was Pomegranate. Here is a clip of what it said:
Pomegranate reduces intestinal inflammation and enriches the blood. Its use is particularly indicated in the following cases:
Intestinal disorders- The pomegranate is suitable in cases of infectious diarrhea caused by gastroenteritis or colitis because of its astringent and anti-inflammatory action on the digestive tract. It is also beneficial in cases of flatulence or intestinal cramps. Surprising results have been achieved in chronic cases such as ulcerative colitis or granulomatous colitis (Crohn’s Disease).
Excess stomach acid- because of its astringent action it reduces the production of gastric juice and reduces inflammation in an irritated stomach.
Iron deficiency anemia- The pomegranate contains a significant amount of copper, a trace element that facilitates the absorption of iron.
Natural- the pomegranate is among the most easily stored fruits after harvest. It ripens well off the tree with little effect on its nutritive properties. Pomegranates stored in a cool, dry place can last up to six months. If its anti-parasitic effect is undesired, the internal membranes that separate the sacs should be removed because of their bitter taste.
1) Split the fruit in half.
2) Tap the rind with the bottom of a spoon to release the sacs.
3) Remove the membrane fragments that may have come out with the sacs. Add honey if desired and eat using a spoon.
Juice- Pomegranate juice is very refreshing and flavorful. It is easily extracted using a household juicer.
Grenadine- This syrup is made by cooking pomegranate juice with sugar. It may be stored for months. It is used as a beverage, diluted with water, or to flavor fruit salads.
I found this to be very interesting and it seems it would be worth a try to eat a pomegranate a day, or make a glass of juice in the mornings if it would be possible to naturally reduce the inflammation and excess acid.. I've never tried this fruit before so I have no idea if it is any good... Any opinions?
I just thought I would share with you all... I plan on going to the store in the next day or so anyway so I will pick one up and let you know how it is :)
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