Effective health benefits of Pomegranate juice are linked to helping to maintain the ability to learn visual information in middle-aged people and better gut health
The pomegranate juice and pomegranate extracts have a long history of safety, and various pomegranate constituents have been developed as botanical dietary supplements to provide an alternative and easy form for consumption (2). Human-based studies have shown favourable results and have signalled pomegranate's potential as a protective agent for several diseases. (5)
The synergistic action of the pomegranate constituents appears to be superior to that of single constituents, so it is better to eat the fruit or its concentrated form of juice. In the past decade, numerous studies on the antioxidant, anticarcinogenic, and anti-inflammatory properties of pomegranate constituents have been published, focusing on the treatment and prevention of cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, dental conditions, erectile dysfunction, bacterial infections and antibiotic resistance, and ultraviolet radiation-induced skin damage. Other potential applications include infant brain ischemia, male infertility, Alzheimer's disease, arthritis, and obesity. (6)
With its affinity to helping absent-mindedness and memory loss, pomegranate seems to have a prominent platform. Phytonutrients such as pomegranate (Punica granatum, Lythraceae) and ellagic tannins may reduce oxidative stress and inflammation, and thus could help maintain brain health (1). These symptoms can result from changes in oxidative damage and inflammation in the brain. Several nutrients have been shown to help maintain cognitive function during aging.
A trial study at the University of California (conducted in 2014-2018) suggested that the daily consumption of pomegranate juice for 12 months stabilized the ability to learn visual information in middle-aged and older adults who do not have dementia (1).
Pomegranate juice has been found to be rich in antioxidants (comparably higher than other natural juices). This effect is awarded to polyphenols and flavanols of the fruit juice. These phytonutrients have the ability to inhibit LDL (low-density lipoproteins) oxidation, therefore helping with the cholesterol build-up and reducing atherosclerotic lesion development – thus protecting your cardiovascular health and might be beneficial against the effects of obesity (3).
Another study stated that the polyphenols, when present in a juice but in a supplement, can reduce the glycaemic response of bread; and can also exhibit the potential to further modulate blood glucose (sugar) levels in the period after dinner or lunch (4).
In a nutshell, pomegranate can be considered as food for medicine. Enjoy.
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2. Al-Muammar M, Khan F. Obesity: The preventive role of the pomegranate (Punica granatum). Nutrition. 2012;28(6):595-604. doi:10.1016/j.nut.2011.11.013
3. Aviram M, Rosenblat M. Pomegranate Protection against Cardiovascular Diseases. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 2012;2012:1-20. doi:10.1155/2012/382763
4. Kandylis P, Kokkinomagoulos E. Food Applications and Potential Health Benefits of Pomegranate and its Derivatives. Foods. 2020;9(2):122. doi:10.3390/foods9020122
5. Kerimi A, Nyambe-Silavwe H, Gauer J, Tomás-Barberán F, Williamson G. Pomegranate juice, but not an extract, confers a lower glycemic response on a high–glycemic index food: randomized, crossover, controlled trials in healthy subjects. Am J Clin Nutr. 2017;106(6):1384-1393. doi:10.3945/ajcn.117.161968