Pomegranate – A “Silver Bullet”

For centuries, the pomegranate has been known in the Orient as the “apple of Aphrodite” and has been regarded as a symbol of eternal youth and fertility, even immortality. But the pomegranate is not an apple at all – in fact, it is a berry. The name, Pomegranate, derives from the color: garnet red.

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The pomegranate, which does not ripen after harvesting, contains many small, glassy translucent, juicy seeds in individual chambers – a total of about 400 per fruit!  These deep red to light pink colored seeds are particularly rich in bio-active ingredients such as flavonoids, polyphenols and phenolic acids as well as potassium, calcium, iron and vitamin C. 

More than 250 scientific studies so far have researched the positive effects of the “miracle fruit” pomegranate, especially with regard to cancer (blood, breast and prostate), cardiovascular diseases and arthritis. Pomegranates contain a particularly large number of highly effective polyphenols and can reduce the harmful effects of too much alcohol and nicotine, UV radiation and environmental toxins. In addition, the vital substances of the pomegranate promote the repair of already damaged cells. They support immune function and help against inflammatory processes; they have a cholesterol-lowering effect and thus prevent elevated blood fat levels. In addition, they slow the absorption of sugar in the intestine, and therefore support blood sugar balance and prevent diabetes. The bitter substances they contain are also beneficial for supporting digestion. Thus, the pomegranate is really nature’s “silver bullet”.

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Born to be a Kitchen Rose

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Did you know that broccoli is a true nutrient booster? The full list of all the nutrients it contains is very long indeed. It’s also considered a complete list. We know everything that’s in it as this valuable vegetable has been completely researched by scientists. One of the most important nutrients is the essential trace element chromium. Chromium has a positive influence on insulin production, your blood sugar balance and overall metabolism. Broccoli also contains the indirect antioxidant sulforaphane, which, when eaten regularly, is considered to reduce the risk of cancer and protect the skin from harmful UV radiation. In addition to plenty of dietary fiber, broccoli has lots of vitamins C and E, provitamin A, potassium, calcium and iron. Due to its high content of Coenzyme Q10, broccoli is also said to have a rejuvenating and anti-ageing effect.

Fresh broccoli is dark to blue-green, compact and firm. Since it withers quickly and loses its valuable nutrients, it should be prepared and eaten soon after harvesting – preferably within three days.
Important: The shorter the cooking time, the more nutrients are kept!  So let’s get the florets, start cooking and enjoy!

Born to be a Wonder Weapon: Yam

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Have you tried yam root, which originates from North America and Mexico?  Not yet? Then you have to make up for it, because this special root is a real fountain of youth! The special power contained within the yam root has a name: Diosgenin. This substance has a structure very similar to progesterone and is the starting point for the production of our endogenous DHEA for the adrenal or stress glands. Endogenous, by the way, means what we make ourselves rather than what we get from our food. DHEA plays an important part of slowing down the aging process and helps our cells to stay young longer. DHEA also helps to prevent cardiovascular diseases, obesity, diabetes and osteoporosis. It stabilizes cholesterol levels and helps improve poor memory.

That’s why yam should be on our plates more often. It’s very easy to prepare and is very versatile. The roots can be cooked like potatoes, fried, mashed and served in soups and stews. Thus, remember to put yam on your next shopping list and enjoy all these wonderful benefits!

Glamorous and Healthy – the Fresh Detox Booster

Created by Metabolic Balance and Jan-Philipp Cleusters for the German Film Awards 2019

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Prosecco, champagne & co. were yesterday – today the stars and starlets prefer healthy power boosters, for example smoothies – exclusively developed by Metabolic Balance together with celebrity chef Jan-Philipp Cleusters.

Created exclusively for the German Film Awards 2019, the following smoothie composition is a real power booster. Whether served in a long drink glass or as a shot – this smoothie does not need sugar or other additives and is completely in line with the philosophy of Metabolic Balance.

Boosts digestion and metabolism. Lets the complexion shine from inside out.

Ingredients for 2:
2 red beet, ready to eat (cooked), cut in chunks
1 apple, Boskop or similar, ready to eat, cut in chunks
1 cube-sized piece of ginger, ready to eat
100 ml carrot juice, natural
100 ml water
2 ice cubes

Preparation:
Put all ingredients except the ice cubes one by one into a blender and puree to a fine smoothie. Add the ice cubes and mix until they dissolve. Pour the Detox Power Smoothie in long glasses and serve immediately.

Enjoy!