Pomegranate Juice: Nature’s Free-Radical-Fighting Superstar

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Pomegranates have always been a favorite fruit of mine, their tiny seeds pack an intense, tangy-yet-sweet, juicy punch in every little bite that satisfies my sweet tooth to the core. Many people, when faced with the opportunity to eat one, choose not to because they are somewhat difficult to dissect properly, and their bright pinkish-red hue tends to stain… everything. Your fingers will surely remain a pretty shade of pink for a day or two after ravaging one of nature’s best treats.

Pomegranate juice has a documented ancient history that stretches thousands of years, and throughout the world.

“Archaeologists have found carbonized pomegranate exocarps in places such as Jericho from the Early Bronze Age (3000 BC), Cyprus, from the Late Bronze Age, and in Egyptian tombs, including King Tut’s. Pomegranates were highly valued in Ancient Egypt, and were part of the supply of fruits required in a pharaoh’s residence (1600 BC). It was revered enough to have been painted on walls and tombs to symbolize life after death. The pomegranate had many uses, including the fruit as food, the juice as a tonic to kill parasites, the blossom was crushed to make a red dye, and the peel was used to dye leather,” says the Pom Wonderful’s website, quoted by an article titled “History of Pomegranate” published by Natural News.

In mother nature’s true fashion, even her most “candy-like” fruit is exploding with life-saving nutrients.

The juice of one pomegranate contains vitamins A, C, E, K, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin b6, folate, panthothenic acid, choline, and betaine. It also contains calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, zinc, copper, manganese, and selenium, according to Self Nutrition Data.

Pomegranate juice is known for being cram-packed full of antioxidants, and is insanely good for your immune system.

An article titled “The Health Benefits of Pomegranates” published by Global Healing Center says, “Punicalagins is a compound found in pomegranates and is responsible for the strong antioxidant activity this fruit carries. A study found that punicalagins promotes a healthy coronary function while counteracting vascular inflammation and oxidative damage. Antioxidants also buffer the effects of free radical damage to your cells caused by oxidation.”

In the age we live in, there is a poison around every corner, and we need all the protection we can get! Juicing a pomegranate is such a simple, yet enjoyable way to ensure your body is safe from the world around it.

An article titled “Benefits of Pomegranate” published by Med Health says that some of the beauty benefits from consuming pomegranate juice are cell regeneration in the skin, protection from damage from the sun, slow aging, youthful skin, and balancing of oil secretion. Some health benefits are elimination of free radicals, protected cardiovascular health, it’s antioxidants aid the fight against cancer, improved digestive tract, increased appetite, majorly reduced inflammation, better blood circulation, and weight loss.

The article also says there are individual benefits for men, and for women. Pomegranate juice decreases the risk of impotency, and helps fight and prevent prostate cancer. In women, it’s high folate content is wonderful for pregnancy and the development of a fetus. It also helps fight, and prevents breast cancer.

There are many studies that have been conducted on pomegranate juice.

The University of Maryland Medical Center published an article highlighting some of the already mentioned medical benefits such as potential treatment of heart disease, cancer, and osteoarthritis. The article also lists 41 different professionally conducted medical studies on the amazing fruit.

The Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis  claims that drinking pomegranate juice may prevent pregnancy complications.

 

It is said that drinking the freshly cold-pressed juice of a pomegranate has benefits aside from consuming it in its whole form. Because of its plethora of nutrients being readily available to your body in a pre-digested state, the juice can be instantly absorbed through the stomach walls, directly entering the blood stream and getting to work fighting those free radicals.

A man named Anthony William has a book called Medical Medium Life-Changing Foods: Save Yourself and the Ones You Love with the Hidden Healing Powers of Fruits and Vegetables. He wrote a post on social media which stuck with me, in regards to a lesson that pomegranates give.

Anthony said, “When you’re dealing with a pomegranate, there’s not much you can do to contain the mess. As careful as you may be, inevitably an aril bursts at just the wrong moment, and you end up with red stains on your carpet, clothes, countertop, walls, or fingers. We’ve all learned not to wear a silk blouse or tie when excavating a pomegranate. Opening a pomegranate requires us to put on our old jeans and a ragged sweatshirt—creative wear, the same clothes we’d wear if we were going to paint—and to approach the activity knowing it’s going to get messy (and that it’s well worth the reward). Consider this the next time a situation presents you with the opportunity for creativity and a rewarding outcome. Are you thinking of walking away because it could get messy? Or are you about to jump in headfirst without being prepared? Pomegranates teach us both to brace for mess and embrace it, if we want to get the most out of what comes our way.”

 

 

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Pomegranate juice may prevent pregnancy complications | Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://medicine.wustl.edu/news/pomegranate-juice-may-prevent-pregnancy-complications//

Pomegranate | University of Maryland Medical Center. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/pomegranate

Pomegranates, raw Nutrition Facts & Calories. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/fruits-and-fruit-juices/2038/2

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