4 Amazing Health Benefits of Pomegranate Juice
by Cathy Hickman
published in the Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that patients with severe cartoid
artery blockages benefited significantly from drinking an ounce of pomegranate juice
daily for a year. These individuals experienced a 20 percent drop in their blood
pressure readings and a 30 percent decrease in the amount of plaque in their
arteries. Other studies have shown that juice from pomegranates improves hearth
health by decreasing the oxidation of LDL or bad cholesterol.
Possible natural treatment for arthritis -A 2005 issue of the Journal of Nutrition
reported that pomegranate compounds slow the deterioration of human cartilage,
which is the root cause of osteoarthritis. An in 2009, the Journal of Inflammation
published an animal study that showed that pomegranate inhibits cells' inflammatory
Cancer fighter - Researchers have discovered that pomegranates and their juice
can slow the growth of human prostate and lung cancer cells. Part of the
pomegranate's cancer-fighting ability may lie in its outstanding antioxidant capacity.
University of California Los Angeles researchers have determined that pomegranate
juice has more antioxidants than red wine, orange juice, blueberry juice, Acai berry
juice, white tea, green tea and Concord grape juice.
Alzheimer's prevention - Consuming juice from pomegranates may also halt the
progression of Alzheimer's disease, according to research published in 2006. Aging
mice were split into 2 groups, one group received plain water and the second group
received diluted pomegranate juice. The pomegranate group was 35 percent faster
than the plain water group when negotiating a maze. This mice fed pomegranate also
had 50 percent fewer brain deposits that are associated with Alzheimer's disease.
What does pomegranate juice taste like? The juice is similar in appearance to
cranberry juice. It it tart, but sweeter than cranberry juice. Pomegranates are rather
difficult to eat, slicing through thick skin and removing hundreds of small, red fleshy
seeds. The juice is an easy and healthy alternative.
When choosing a pomegranate juice, look for a variety that names just a few
ingredients, with pomegranate being the first or second in the list. You will want to
steer clear of mixed juice products where pomegranate is combined with cheaper
filler juices. These mixed varieties generally do not contain significant amounts of
health-enhancing pomegranate juice.
Try some pomegranate juice-- you'll very likely enjoy the taste and you'll be doing
your body a favor.
About The Author
Cathy Hickman writes about natural health, focusing on foods and herbs that are
helpful for those with arthritis, gout and high cholesterol. She is a former newspaper
researcher/reporter and is currently a contributing writer at Twin Cities Naturally, a
natural health magazine. For information about other and foods that help arthritis, visit .
In recent years, news outlets have
carried numerous reports on the
health benefits of pomegranate juice,
lifting it to superfood status. This
article explores four major health
benefits that are associated with
Research on pomegranate juice has
exploded in the past few years and
scientists are finding that it can fight
cancer, lower cholesterol and blood
pressure, and slow the deterioration
of human cartilage.
Good for your heart - A 2004 study
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