So in case you haven’t heard, poms are the bomb. And i’m not talking about those girls that dance with the confetti things in their hands either. I’m talking about pomegranates. These antioxidant and nutrient rich fruits are one of the oldest known and have been found in writings and artifacts of many cultures and religions. They not only taste good, but do wonders for the body as well. If you wanna get funky, just throw the seeds in a blender or a juicer and enjoy the wonderful benefits of pomegranate juice.
According to the Academic Journal of Plant Science, pomegranate juice contains punicalagans, which are the major component responsible for the juice’s antioxidant and health benefits. They are water soluble and have high bioavailability. They benefit the heart and blood vessels by lowering cholesterol and preventing athlerosclerosis (heart blockages).
The fruit also contains polyphenols and flavanoids. These are antioxidants that give the fruit its vibrant color and also offer protection against disease and cancers. You may have heard that pomegranates also contain tanins. These are essentially large polyphenol compounds and are most often referred to when talking about wine. In fact, the whole reason you hear people saying that a glass of red wine is good for the heart is due to the tannins and polyphenols available. So why not just kick back a glass of fresh pomegranate juice instead?
Other benefits of pomegranate juice include:
-Helps lower triglyceride levels
-Anti inflammatory properties (effective for acne)
-Fights off free radicals (better immunity)
-Reduces deterioration of cartilage (osteoarthritis)
-Maintains blood sugar levels
-Hydrates dry skin
-Protection against sun’s UV rays
-Stimulates collagen production (keeps the skin tight and firm)
So as you can see, the benefits of pomegranate juice are many. Whether it be the prevention of various cancers or the beautifying properties of this super fruit, weekly if not regular consumption would be a great idea.