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Modern women at midlife have many options when it comes to dealing with those nasty menopausal symptoms like mood swings, depression, bone loss, and fluctuating estrogen levels.  But their most surprising source of natural relief may come from an ancient food:  the juicy pomegranate.
Despite its frequent comparison to an apple, a cross-section of the pomegranate bears a striking resemblance to the female ovary.  It is not too surprising, then, that it served as a symbol of fertility for the Zoroastrians and other ancient cultures.
Japanese researchers in a 2004 study found that rats given pomegranate extract measured lower levels of depression indicators.  Based on their results the authors found it conceivable that pomegranate would be clinically effective for women exhibiting a depressive state and regular intake would improve mood.
The rate of death from coronary heart disease in women after menopause is 2 to 3 times that of women the same age before menopause. Some heart health benefits of regular consumption are that they help to reduce cholesterol, lower blood pressure, thins blood to help prevent clotting, prevents plaque from building in the arteries and increases oxygen flow to the heart muscle. 

In fact, pomegranate extract was compared to the drugs Tamoxifen and Estradiol in a 2011 study in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry.  The researchers suggested that the pomegranate extract may potentially prevent estrogen dependent breast cancers.

Try our pomegranate molasses from the middle-eastern section by drizzling with a little olive oil on a salad, marinate your meats with it and thrown in some dried fruits and nuts to make a roast, in fact just substitute pomegranate molasses in recipes containing lemon juice. If you find it too sour then just add a little salt to taste.


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