the pomegranate has been renowned throughout history as one of the most powerful elixirs for women’s health, hormonal balance, beauty, and fertility. Its impact on breast health, fertility, hormonal balance, skin rejuvenation, and heart health has long been known, and is now confirmed by modern science.
Interestingly, there is a guiding principle in herbal medicine called ‘the Doctrine of Signatures’ – which looks at the correlation between what a plant or fruit looks like, and what part of the human body this looks like. For example, things like broccoli and walnuts are good for the brain, while tomatoes when cut in half resemble the two chambers of the heart and likewise are good for the heart. The fruit of the pomegranate strongly resembles a woman’s breasts and ovaries, i.e. her reproductive system. The fruit hangs off the branch like a ripe breast and is full of seeds encased in fluid filled sacs, encased within delicate membranes, very similar to the order, structure and appearance of the milk glands within the breast. Visually a pomegranate cut in half strikingly resembles a female ovary, with its many follicles and filled with eggs. The fruit also provides the same estrogens as the female ovary – estradiol, estrone and estriol. There is another correlation with the similarity of the colour and shape of the heart and the red juice reminds us of blood. Likewise, modern science has discovered that the benefits of the pomegranate from its seeds, juice, peel, flowers, and stem, do indeed have a profound impact on breast health, fertility, hormonal balance, skin rejuvenation, and heart health. Amongst many more benefits of this miraculous plant.
There is tonnes of scientific research on the internet about the benefits of pomegranate extract in treating breast cancer, ovarian cancer, menopausal symptoms, and these all relate to its beneficial effect on the woman’s endocrine and hormonal system. In particular, pomegranate helps maintain perfectly healthy oestrogen levels in women. It contain a powerful and diverse range of beneficial and protective substances, including phytoestrogens, polyphenols, elligatannins, and anthocyanins, which are all powerful antioxidants. it has more healthy phyto-estrogens than any other plant, and a higher anti oxidant content.
Because of it’s beneficial effect on the woman’s hormonal system, pomegranate oil assists women of all ages. It can enhance fertility, balance menstrual cycles, correct PMS, and alleviate menopausal hot flushes, night sweats and vaginal wall thinness and vaginal dryness. There is a wealth of scientific research out there into how it can also help women with endometriosis, fibroids, tumours, ovary cancer and breast cancer. And naturally of course, because its beneficial role on the quality and radiance of a woman’s skin, which is so related to a well balanced hormonal system, pomegranate oil is increasingly being used in a range of skin products.
Most importantly perhaps, and I’m starting to think this can’t be emphasised enough when it comes to women’s holistic health and disease prevention, we are subject to a barrage of fake oestrogen from our environment. So much so that we are literally swimming in a sea of unseen xenoestrogens. Pseudo-estrogens are natural or synthetic materials that can be taken into human cells and trigger estrogenic effects. They are in perfumes, plastics, body care products, make up, in pesticides and herbicides which are sprayed on the food we eat, plastic containers, cleaning products, and even gassed out from carpets, furniture and materials used in houses. Artificial oestrogen’s are quite literally everywhere, as they are also in our soil, dust, water resources and air, taken into animal and human bodies, where they disrupt the delicate balance of the endocrine system by mimicking our natural hormones. This is known to be one of the causes of breast cancer, and other problems with our reproductive system, caused by having our delicate and complex endocrine and hormone systems messed with.
The effects of the pomegranate plant extracts, fruit and oil in countering the potentially disastrous effects of the hormone mimicking hormones we are subjected to deserve to be known about by more women and to be part of their cancer prevention lifestyle. It seems self evident that our hormonal systems are under attack and need some extra support to cope with the environmental reality we are subject to, and the numerous health problems it can potentially cause.