For centuries, pomegranates have been used to promote fertility, increase vitality and to lengthen and improve human life. Foods that resembled seeds or eggs were historically thought to be aphrodisiacs. It turns out, those ancient sexual beings were on to something. The pomegranate, with its abundance of seeds, is said to be a symbol of fertility. The seeds of the fruit were often compared to the seeds of life. Nutritionally speaking, the pomegranate offers your body an array of nutrients that will not only increase your overall health, but may just boost your libido and sexual vigor as well.
Pomegranates contain almost half your daily quota of Vitamin C, an antioxidant that is required for at least 300 different metabolic functions in the body. Vitamin C is also a protector from free radical damage and a facilitator of good circulation, which is vital for sexual health and pleasure. They also contain vitamin B5, the anti-stress vitamin needed for proper adrenal function, and vitamins A and E, which help to reduce the risk of heart disease.
Pomegranate oil is now being used in many menopause products to help reduce symptoms, as well as in vaginal creams to help eliminate dryness, which can make sex painful. Pomegranate juice is easily found at your local grocery store, often mixed with other super-fruits, offering you an antioxidant cocktail that is easily assimilated by the body. The seeds are great in cold salads, on (soy) yogurt with some nuts or paired with greens for a sweet and tart delight. Do something good for your body today and try the greens recipes below to increase your overall health and feed your libido at the same time. It doesn’t get much better then that.
Wilted Greens with Pomegranate and Pumpkin Seeds
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 10 min
Yields: 4 servings (as a side dish)
3 bunches of Leafy Greens (such as Swiss Chard, Escarole and Kale)-washed, stemmed and cut into pieces.
½ cup Pomegranate Seeds
½ cup Pumpkin Seeds
¼ cup Agave Nectar
½ cup Balsamic Vinegar
¾ cup Olive Oil, plus 1 teaspoon
Salt and Pepper to taste
1) Toast pumpkin seeds in a dry pan over medium heat until fragrant and lightly browned, about 3-4 minutes. Set aside to cool.
2) Sauté shallots with 1 teaspoon of olive oil over medium heat for 2-3 minutes, until soft. Set aside.
3) In a large saucepan, cook balsamic and agave over medium heat for 2 minutes. Add the cooked shallots and continue cooking for another 2 minutes.
4) Turn off the heat and slowly whisk in the ¾ cups of olive oil.
5) Pile the cut greens onto a platter or in a large bowl and pour the dressing over the greens.
6) Toss in the pomegranate seeds and toasted pumpkin seeds until combined. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
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