1. Low in calories, high in nutrition
Enjoy a medium-sized pomegranate for 105 nutrient-packed calories.
You’ll also get a hefty dose of blood pressure-lowering potassium, virtually no sodium, one gram of fiber and about 10% of your recommended daily vitamin C intake.
Eight ounces of the juice provides 160 calories and a bit more potassium than a medium-sized pomegranate.
This fruit and their juice have an abundance of antioxidants and phytochemicals as well: anthocyanins (anti-inflammatory, cancer-fighting); catechins (anti-carcinogenic, anti-inflammatory) and ellagic acid (cancer-fighting).
Pomegranate juice raises the antioxidant capacity of the blood.
Antioxidants neutralize damaging free radicals (organic molecules linked to aging, tissue damage and possibly disease) before they have a chance to attack your cells and DNA.
2. Improves heart health
One study found that drinking a little more than 8 ounces of pomegranate juice every day for three months improved blood flow to the heart in people with coronary heart disease.
Forty-five participants drank either the juice or a placebo beverage that looked and tasted like pomegranate juice.
On average, blood flow to the heart improved 17% in the pomegranate group, but declined 18% in the placebo group in merely three months.
Other studies suggest that pomegranate juice might help prevent atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries, and even clear clogged arteries.
With atherosclerosis, plaque builds up in the arteries and reduces blood flow, potentially causing heart attack, stroke, or numbness and pain in the arms and legs.
People with diabetes may benefit from pomegranates too, according to a 2006 study in the journal Atherosclerosis.
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