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    Dried pomegranate seeds

    Dry pomegranate seeds (anardana) are used in both Indian and Iranian cooking. The dried seeds impart a sweet/sour flavor to vegetables and legume dishes. Anardana is mostly used as a condiment for acidification of chutneys and certain curries, as in case of tamarind or Amchur. The seeds are reported to be stomachic while the pulp is both cardiac and stomachic. There are many medicinal virtues in almost all parts of this plant; hence there is possibility of preparing many herbal preparations. Scientific studies have indicated that conjugated linoleic acid may support the immune system, and help the body fight against human cancers, obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. Research is showing it to be helpful in fighting both skin and breast cancer in laboratory tests. Pomegranate seed oil is one of the only plant sources of conjugated fatty acids and it contains an abundant amount of punicic acid, a compound closely related to conjugated linoleic acid (CLA).