The pomegranate, considered one of the most powerful, nutrient-dense foods for overall good health, is a must-have fruit for the fruit basket in any household. Its popularity and virtues go as far back as antiquity, functioning as an important symbol in ancient cultures, religion, and sacred text. The ancient Greek traveler and geographer, Pausanius is noted for making the following statement: "About the pomegranate I must say nothing, for its story is somewhat of a holy mystery." This extremely delectable and delightful fruit has long been considered a symbol of love, fertility, fruitfulness, abundance, and good luck. Laboratory research and clinical trials suggest that pomegranate juice may be effective in reducing heart disease risk factors and in inhibiting viral infections. Also called the fruit of the dead in Greek mythology, this life-enhancing fruit of paradise is a part of my diet every other day in the week.
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