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Ovaries Over Ice
March 15, 2017
Shortly after my last article Testicles & Toast was published, a partner (whose identity shall remain anonymous) contacted me proposing that I balance the genital scales of justice by doing a similar article on a female friendly fruit. Well no objections counsellor, with all things being fair and equal, here it is.
Exhibit A: The Pomegranate
Fruiting plants and humans both have reproductive organs called ovaries. When pomegranates are cross-sectioned (or cross examined) they not only bear a striking anatomical resemblance to an ovary, but even more remarkably support its function.
This juicy, ruby red fruit contains a hormone called estrone that is structurally and functionally similar to one found in mammals. In fact, pomegranates contain the highest known source of estrone in plants. So what does this have to do with SCI? Lots! Following SCI many people experience hormone imbalances so the powerful estronic properties of pomegranate can help support your endocrine system. Furthermore, we all know that people with SCI are at high risk of developing osteoporosis, and this risk increases for women with SCI whose estrogen levels start to decline during peri/menopause.
Estrogen helps bones absorb calcium. The hormone estrone, which is produced by the ovaries, is the major source of estrogen in women who have gone through menopause. So this amazing fruit can naturally help support estrogen levels and bone health and it does not exhibit carcinogenic potential associated with synthetic or bio-identical estrogens. Additionally, let the evidence show that pomegranates have the highest antioxidant value of all fruits (a glass of pomegranate juice has more antioxidants than red wine, green tea, blueberries and cranberries), which means it helps support the cardiovascular system – cardiovascular disease being the leading cause of death for people with SCI.
Moreover, this multi-seeded tart fruit helps lower cholesterol and blood pressure and inhibits platelet aggregation.
Ladies and gentlemen, let the evidence stand that the ovary fruit is beneficial to your health and a delicious way to enjoy them this summer is over ice! I rest my case.
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