What you Didn’t Know about Pomegranate Juice
If you’ve been to your local health food’s isle in the last little while, chances are good you’ve run across pomegranate juice in at least one form or another. It might sound kind of strange at first but this thick skinned seedy red fruit has seen more uses than any other fruit this side of the Nile.
Originally imported to Egypt from Iran in 1600 BC, it was used not only as a source of food but it was also used for medicinal purposes and even graced the walls of the pyramids and art work from the region and with good reason. In this article we’ll be exploring some of the reasons why this fruit has continued to make tremendous strides in modern holistic medicine and how drinking just a glass a day can improve your health.
Benefits of Pomegranate Juice
The problem with pomegranates is that they contain a lot of seeds, making them difficult to eat, but fortunately getting the benefits of pomegranate juice is as simple as drinking it. Drinking the juice also has the extra added benefit of quick assimilation into the body versus waiting for it to fully digest.
- Pomegranate juice contains 3 times the antioxidants found in green tea and oranges
- A single glass of pomegranate juice provides you with 40% of your daily requirement of folic acid, vitamins A, C and E.
- That same glass will provide you with several minerals such as calcium, phosphorus, potassium, iron and more.
But it doesn’t stop there. Early humans learned of the medicinal qualities of the ‘seedy apple’ very early and used it in tonics to heal everything from ulcers to diarrhea and even osteoarthritis but the benefits of pomegranate juice continue on even after that:
Heart Health: Pomegranate juice has been shown to keep arteries flexible and decrease inflammation in the blood vessels while also reducing atherosclerosis, lowering risk of blockage in arteries to the heart and brain. It also reduces the amount of bad cholesterol in the body, making it a fantastic total cardiovascular care fruit.
Blood Sugar Levels: Although pomegranate juice does contain sugar, it doesn’t elevate the blood sugar level like other fruit juices do. Studies have shown that there was no significant increase in the blood sugar level of diabetic patients who drank this juice daily for a period of 2 weeks.
Blood Pressure: The compounds in pomegranates have been shown to consistently reduce high blood pressure while acting as a natural asprin, keeping blood clots from forming.
Cancer: One of the most wide ranging benefits of pomegranate juice is that it eliminates free radicals from the body and inhibits the growth and development of cancer and other diseases. Its high contents of anti- oxidants stimulate the white blood cells to neutralize toxins in the body thereby promoting a strong and healthy immune system
There are an endless array of other benefits of pomegranate juice that have not yet been explored fully, but even knowing what you know now, a glass a day of one of nature’s most versatile fruits will have you on your way to a better, healthier you.