Pomegranates are a RED HOT delicious fruit that is high in ellagic acid, a polyphenol with potent antioxidant, anti-cancer, anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-atherosclerotic properties:
Ellagic acid cancer treatment.
Punica granatum (pomegranate) and its potential for prevention and treatment of inflammation and cancer (including lymphoma, colon, lung, prostate and breast cancers).
Pomegranate juice confirmed as miracle medicine for prostate cancer.
Pomegranate juice may help fight lung cancer.
Pomegranate seed oil causes breast cancer cells to self-destruct.
Pomegranate may also prevent and alleviate Alzheimer's:
Dr. Andrew Weill: 4 Reasons to Eat (or Drink) Pomegranates
Pomegranate ranked healthiest fruit juice.
I put whole slices of pomegranate (husk and all) into my veggie juices.
If you can't stand the taste of the husk, you can make capsules:
Pomegranates are harvested in California from late August until about
the middle of December. The husks are the best part of the
pomegranate because of the richness of their ellagitannins. The
fresh fruit is widely available during the season, but the price
starts to drop about this time of the year.
It is not necessary to go through the usual extraction process of
cleaning, percolating in water, blending, straining through
cheesecloth, extracting with an Amberlite XAD-16 resin column,
eluting with methanol, and rotavaping. It is far easier to just
section the husk into appox. 2 cm shards and sun dry. Oven drying at
low temperatures yields an overly dark and sticky product. After a
few days in the sun the pieces harden like weathered leather. I use
a Vitamix to quickly grind the hard chips to a powder for encapsulation.
I am increasingly teaching such methods in my seminars program at the
Del Mar, CA retreat center. The whole point is for you to wrest
control from those who would own your health and award this control
to a much more worthy beneficiary -- you.
The Center for the Study of Natural Oncology