When you think of fruit juice, orange and grapefruit juice come to mind first, right? You might also be a fan of apple juice and grape juice.
Pomegranate juice probably doesn’t even make the list. But there are many reasons why you should consider making this beverage a part of your daily dietary regimen. This is especially the case if you have issues with your heart health or high blood pressure.
What is Pomegranate Juice?
Well, the pomegranate is an incredible fruit that produces the sweet, reddish liquid known as pomegranate juice. This fruit contains powerful antioxidants as well as anti-inflammatory properties.
Pomegranates are typically cultivated in India, Iran, Egypt, Spain, Turkey and several other countries. The pomegranate tree can grow as high as 30 feet and is known for its bright orange, pink and red flowers.1
But best of all, the health benefits of pomegranate juice appear to be vast.
Here are just seven of them.
1. Blood Pressure
If you have high blood pressure (also known as hypertension), you probably follow a very strict diet. Well, scientific evidence suggests you should consider making pomegranate juice a part of your daily routine.
Turns out, researchers analyzed several studies to see how pomegranate juice might affect blood pressure. They concluded that this drink appears to have a very positive effect on people who have been diagnosed with this problem.2
2. Heart Disease
According to a study of patients suffering from heart disease, pomegranate juice not only reduces blood pressure but also the buildup of dangerous plaque in the arteries.
One group of participants who drank the juice saw a reduction of 30 percent in plaque buildup and a reduction of 12 percent in blood pressure. The participants who didn’t drink pomegranate juice had an increase in plaque buildup of 9 percent.3
3. Reducing Joint Discomfort
The anti-inflammatory properties of pomegranate juice could help people suffering from joint pain. One study involved nearly 40 people with joint problems. One group drank pomegranate juice for a month and a half. The other group drank a placebo.
According to the results, the people who consumed pomegranate juice had less joint stiffness and showed improved physical functioning compared with the placebo group.4
4. Antioxidant Power
Pomegranates are filled with antioxidants. These are important because they protect the body from the effects of oxidation. One of these is the formation of free radicals, which are dangerous molecules that can cause severe tissue damage.
According to one study, pomegranate juice has more antioxidants than green tea or even red wine, a drink known for its antioxidant properties.5
5. Anti-Inflammatory Properties
Studies show that the benefits of pomegranate juice include substantial anti-inflammatory properties. In one study, researchers found that consuming as little as 250 milliliters of the beverage daily for three months lowered inflammation in diabetes patients.6
6. Erectile Dysfunction
You might have seen headlines stating that pomegranate juice could help those suffering from erectile dysfunction, or ED. That’s because of a study where men who drank pomegranate juice reported improved erectile function.7
However, this study wasn’t a “blind study.” So, it’s likely that the men knew they were drinking pomegranate juice and, as a result, expected the improvement.
There may potentially be a link between pomegranate juice and ED, but more studies are still needed.8
7. Skin Health
Research indicates that the benefits of pomegranate juice continue into helping protect the body against inflammatory responses that can lead to skin problems, such as acne and psoriasis. According to one study, pomegranate juice may inhibit the ability of mast cells to cause inflammation, which can lead to skin issues.9
The Bottom Line
As you can see, the humble pomegranate appears to possess qualities that can help address many types of health problems. It also contains many essential nutrients, such as vitamin E, vitamin B6, vitamin C, calcium, manganese and potassium.10
As a matter of fact, one study listed pomegranate juice as the healthiest of all fruit juices.11
So pay close attention the next time you’re in the juice aisle and consider giving pomegranate juice a try. The odds are it will be one of the best decisions you’ll make.
Just to stay on the safe side, though, talk to your doctor first before making this drink a part of your dietary routine.
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