I am sure you have heard all kinds of claims about how wonderful pomegranates are, over the last couple of years. So what is real and what is fiction?
Reported Facts about Pomegranates:
Fights Breast Cancer
Studies in Israel show that pomegranate juice destroys breast cancer cells while leaving healthy cells alone. It may also prevent breast cancer cells from forming.
Lung Cancer Prevention
Studies in mice show that pomegranate juice may inhibit the development of lung cancer.
Slows Prostate Cancer
It slowed the growth of prostate cancer in mice.
Keeps PSA Levels Stable
In a study of 50 men who had undergone treatment for prostate cancer, 8 ounces of pomegranate juice per day kept PSA levels stable, reducing the need for further treatment such as chemotherapy or hormone therapy.
Protects the Neonatal Brain
Studies show that maternal consumption of pomegranate juice may protect the neonatal brain from damage after injury.
Prevention of Osteoarthritis
Several studies indicate that pomegranate juice may prevent cartilage deterioration.
Protects the Arteries
It prevents plaque from building up in the arteries and may reverse previous plaque buildup.
Alzheimer’s Disease Prevention
It may prevent and slow Alzheimer’s disease. In one study, mice bred to develop Alzheimer’s disease were given pomegranate juice. They accumulated significantly less amyloid plaque than control mice and they performed mental tasks better.
Lowers Cholesterol & Blood Pressure
It lowers LDL (bad cholesterol) and raises HDL (good cholesterol). In addition, one study showed that if you drink pomegranate daily it will reduce your blood presure by 5%.
Research suggests that drinking pomegranate juice may be a natural way to prevent dental plaque.
The Juice is Healthier then the Fruit
A lot of antioxidants that protect the heart and may also help prevent arthritis and gingivitis and packed in rind. You cannot eat the rind from the fruit but you can certainly juice it. In addition, you would need to eat a lot of pomegranates to get the nutrition of a bottle of juice!
So, if this fruit is so wonderful, why don’t we see it in the super market more often? Pomegranates have a short season and don’t keep well. It’s almost impossible to find fresh pomegranate out of season. Many areas haven’t grown them until recently, and they had to be shipped from the Mediterranean. Now you have several options for getting the benefits of pomegranate all year round. If you’re not a big fan of the taste, you can also find pomegranate mixed with other familiar juices to give it a more pleasant flavor. Just make sure the product you get is 100% juice and doesn’t have added sugars and fillers.
We have done the leg work for you! Here are some great juice options!
|Pomegranate Juice 6 X 16 Ounce Case
It is made from pomegranates grown in California
|Lakewood Organic Heart Healthy Pomegranate with Cranberry Juice, 32-Ounce Bottles (Pack of 6)
It comes from fresh, organic fruit!