Pomegranate juice is becoming a popular beverage not only because of its flavor but also due to its unique health-friendly properties. Pomegranates are rich in polyphenols and antioxidants. Thus, they possess a plenty of health-enhancing benefits. A new study reveals that the respective fruit could potentially fight against chronic inflammatory diseases.
The researchers from the University of Bologna and the University of Auckland conducted the respective study. The study aimed at evaluating the anti-inflammatory effects of the juice of the pomegranate. A number of other studies indicate that pomegranate helps with conditions like diabetes, atherosclerosis and prostate cancer as well.
Inflammation is a natural corporal response to infections and tissue damages. However, chronic inflammation has been linked to the development of disorders including,
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
The researchers said that a definite relation or the mechanism through which the pomegranate’s constituent components attack inflammation is yet not established. However, an extensive number of existing studies provide a plenty of evidence for the fact that “pomegranate juice can helps inflammation and related diseases.”
Most of the scientific research regarding the health benefits of pomegranate involves cell culture or animal models. Clinical trials with humans are generally lacking. Scientists are already looking forward to pomegranate as a promising source of fighting cardiovascular diseases, metabolic syndrome and diabetes. However, further studies need to be called on in order to determine the components and mechanisms behind the benefactory properties of pomegranate against chronic inflammation and other diseases.
Others studies validating the fact
- A case study was published in the Journal of Inflammation. It found that the pomegranate extract notably inhibits chronic inflammation in rabbits.
- Another study indicates that pomegranate juice can potentially destroy damaging proteins associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Scientists also indicate that the ability of the fruit to protect against oxidative stress is what leads to beta-amyloid deposits.
- A number of researches demonstrate the potential effects of the fruit to help with prostate, colon and breast cancer. The studies employing pomegranate against tumor cells indicated that the fruits stopped the cell migration, inhibiting the spread of cancer to other areas of the body.
A study was carried out by Center for Human Nutrition at the University of California – Los Angeles’s David Geffen School of Medicine. It ranked pomegranate juice as the top beverage known for its antioxidant effects. The other examined beverages included blueberry juice, acai berry juice, green tea, white tea, Concord grape juice, orange juice, pomegranate juice, and red wine. All of them had significant amounts of antioxidants but pomegranate juice outperformed them all. It exhibited the greatest of polyphenol content and related protective benefits. Its antioxidant potential composite index was a full 20 percent higher than any of the other drinks that underwent severe testing.
How can you increase the uptake of polyphenols?
All the studies indicate polyphenols to be the basic reason behind the wonders pomegranate makes against inflammation. Thus, it is important for us to increase the uptake of polyphenols by natural means.
Pomegranates aren’t the only fruit rich in polyphenols that fight inflammation. Raspberries, strawberries, almonds and walnuts also contain the effective inflammation-fighting components i.e. “Ellagitannins” and “Ellagic acid.”
Pomegranates are low in calories and full of vitamins and fiber. They contain around 600 juicy seeds and are known for their sweet flavor. Besides eating the fruit as a whole or squeezing juice out of it, you can sprinkle the seeds on top of yogurt, salad or even cereals as well.
Nutritional researchers recommend eight ounces of pomegranate juice for a day. Moreover, they suggest to eat one fruit or incorporate it into a smoothie. You can also take 400 mg of a concentrated extract in order to acquire the protective effects of pomegranate against heart diseases and cancer.