I was reading a newsletter from my local health food store and came upon a small article about pomegranate juice and osteoarthritis in the knees. In my family, osteoarthritis (OA) has hindered my mother, her mother, my two siblings and me. Of my three nephews, two in their forties are already experiencing aches.
In arthritis, destructive enzymes can irreversibly destroy cartilage, the protective elastic tissue between bones and joints. A lab study found that pomegranate juice reduced inflammation in the cartilage. Doctors wanted to test if pomegranate could improve physical function in knees with osteoarthritis. 38 people with OA of the knee took 6.5 ounces of pomegranate juice per day or had no treatment. After six weeks, scores on tests of physical function and stiffness for those taking pomegranate had improved by 18% while the scores of those who had no treatment declined 3.9%. Yes, it is not a huge study and more studies must be made, but I am happy to read the results. Antioxidants and an anti-inflammatory diet can make a difference.
Reference (Journal of The Science of Food & Agriculture, January 2016)
Besides OA, pomegranate juice has been found to improve health in many other ways. Pomegranate juice (240 mL/day) appears to be particularly useful in improving heart health. It’s remarkably rich in antioxidants, such as soluble polyphenols, tannins, and anthocyanins. Animal research has indicated that components of pomegranate juice can retard atherosclerosis, reduce plaque formation, and improve arterial health. A review of pomegranate research stated that consumption of pomegranate juice may help reduce systolic blood pressure by inhibiting an enzyme (serum angiotensin-converting enzyme) that causes vascular contraction. Pomegranate juice improved the lipid profiles (cholesterol) of people with diabetes. And clinical studies have shown that pomegranate juice also has anticancer properties. (Mind Body Green)
As I wrote before, The Ancient Fruit Pomegranate Has Super Food Benefits. High in antioxidants, potassium, vitamin C, low in calories, and a great source of fiber, pomegranates have been called a super food. It provides 40% of our daily requirement of vitamin C. “According to a 2008 study, which compared the potency of 10 different polyphenol-rich beverages, pomegranate juice scored top billing as the most healthful of them all. Its potency was found to be at least 20 percent greater than any of the other beverages tested, beating out Concord grape juice, acai, and blueberry juice.”
For your health, I suggest you buy or make pomegranate juice and drink it often if not daily. When it’s available, I stock up with bottles of Organic Antioxidant Force juice from Aldi. This organic blend of super food juices contains pomegranate (first ingredient), tart cherry (another fabulous anti-inflammatory juice), red grape, purple carrot, cranberry, and blueberry . Lots of antioxidants are in this tasty combination of fresh squeezed juices.
If you want to make pomegranate juice, Healthy Nibbles has instructions for making pomegranate juice from seeds.
Martha Stewart has a delicious recipe for Pomegranate-Citrus Juice.
If you are easily bored with drinking the same juice daily, I’ve found several other recipes to add some healthy pomegranate juice dishes to your diet.
Bon Appetit has a fabulous recipe for Lamb Shanks with Pomegranates and Walnuts.
Rachel Ray has a simple recipe for Pomegranate Sorbet. It’s a beautiful, tasty dessert!
Epicurious has an interesting recipe for Pomegranate Yogurt Ice Pops. The combination of creamy yogurt and sweet/sour pomegranate is wonderful.
I hope this information inspires you to drink more pomegranate juice and to explore its uses in the kitchen for the flavor and your health. Thanks for visiting.
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