Top 10 Health Benefits of Pomegranates
Pomegranates are one of the oldest known medicinal foods on the planet. Foods that have an incredible array of health benefits that go well beyond just their nutrient value are considered “super-foods.” Science has shown that this ancient symbolic food is also extraordinarily beneficial for human health.
Pomegranate is an ancient food that has symbolic meaning in many traditions and is mentioned throughout the Old Testament of the bible and the Homeric Hymns of Ancient Greece (1). Pomegranates are one of the fruits that the scouts brought back to Moses to show the promised land of Israel was rich and fertile. The bible consistently uses pomegranates with their many seeds to symbolize the blessing of fruitfulness.
Were Pomegranates the Forbidden Fruit?
They are one of the seven species of foods enumerated in the Hebrew Bible as being unique and special products of the Land of Israel. Due to its frequent mention throughout the Old Testament of the Bible many scholars believe it may have been the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden.
Pomegranates are loaded with nutrition and are particularly abundant in vitamin C, potassium, & pantothenic acid (B5). Pomegranate is rich in antioxidant phytonutrient polyphenols such as tannins & flavinoids. The most abundant polyphenols in pomegranates are ellagitannins, punicalagins, catechins, gallocatechins, and anthocyanins. These nutrients have incredible free-radical scavenging effects that are just now being studied by scientists (2, 3).
The antioxidant capacity (ORAC) of pomegranate is 2,860 units per 100 grams making it one of nature’s richest sources of free-radical scavenging antioxidants. This potent defense against oxidative stress makes pomegranate a powerful tool for preventing degenerative and inflammatory based diseases like cancer, heart disease, & arthritis (4, 5, 6, 7).
In 2008, the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry ranked Pomegranate Juice as the healthiest of all fruit juices. For comparison, study authors used four tests of antioxidant potency, a test of antioxidant functionality and an evaluation of the total polyphenol content (8).
1. Pomegranate juice
2. Red wine
3. Concord grape juice
4. Blueberry juice
5. Black cherry juice
6. Açaí juice
7. Cranberry juice
8. Orange juice
10. Apple juice
Polyphenols and Blood Pressure:
These unique anti-oxidants have also been shown to have a significant effect on stabilizing blood pressure by inhibit serum angiotensin converting enzyme. The specific metabolites of ellagitannin polyphenols have been shown to localize in the prostate gland, colon, and intestinal tissues of mice where they take on powerful anti-carcinogenic properties (9, 10).
Due to the high sugar content of fruit juices it always advisable to either eat the entire fruit or drink just small quantities of the juice. The fruit itself contains a high content of fiber that slows down the release of the fruit sugars into the bloodstream.
The rich array of antioxidants is also in its most pure form within the covering of a freshly ripened pomegranate. The juice does have many beneficial factors and due to pomegranates incredible antioxidant potency a 1–2 oz. shot can be of significant benefit for those who react well to it.
I recommend LymphActiv to my patients, friends, and family who want to clear lymph congestion and improve cardiovascular health because it utilizes all the benefits of Pomegranate, Rhubarb, Sheep Sorrel, Burdock Root, Slippery Elm Bark, Astragalus Root, and Artichoke Leaf.
LymphActiv is a unique Bioactive Carbon product that focuses on the drainage and immune support throughout your lymphatic system. It can improve your immune system, flush toxins from the body, and improve lymphatic flow. You can take it with or without food. Simply take one capsule twice a day and you are set to go.
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