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Allah ,(God), in the Person of Master Fard Muhammad, has taught me that fasting, with the right kind of food, is the cure for our ills.~ How To Eat To Live Bk 1
The journey of studying food as a medicine has revealed many gems of knowledge that I have started practicing and am eager to share with our readers. Recently I came across some amazing benefits of pomegranates and it led me back to the Holy Quran in which this miraculous fruit is mentioned three times! I also learned that there are five other fruits mentioned in the Holy Quran as well! Can you guess what they are? Allah Willing I will share more on them in future articles.
But back to the pomegranate, in the Holy Quran, Surah 55:68-69 of Section 3 titled: Reward of the Righteous, it says, “Therein are fruits and palms and pomegranates.Which then of the bounties of your Lord will you deny?”
With one of the definitions of bounty meaning ‘a generous gift’, know that there is more to the pomegranate than meets the eye beyond it being a delicious fruit! The pomegranate has been used in alternative medicine for decades to treat various diseases such as diabetes, cancer and heart disease. But the most bountiful gift that pomegranate offers that scientists have recently discovered is its ability to change our gene expressions. This means that just because your family history may have certain diseases that are a part of your family, you do not have to ever experience them if you have the right dietary lifestyle.
Pomegranates are able to affect our gene expression because they contain a substance called resveratrol which helps protect against age-related diseases; meaning that they turn aging genes ‘OFF’ and youthful genes ‘ON’. Scientists are thrilled about this compound (resveratrol) because they have also discovered that it possesses a unique characteristic that allows it to act on the body in the same manner of someone in a fasting state that they refer to as calorie restriction or as the Honorable Elijah Muhammad teaches us, eating one meal a day.
“The fact that fasting is the cure for 90 percent of our ills is known by the medical scientists. But they do not teach you that.” ~ HTETL Bk 1
So just imagine if we are practicing one meal a day or longer AND eating the RIGHT kinds of foods what bountiful rewards we are giving to ourselves relating to life and longevity in the midst of all the ills that surround us on a day to day basis! What bounties of your Lord will you deny? (smile)