A little sweet and a little sour, pomegranate juice is not only amazing for its taste but it also benefits our skin, hair, and overall health. It helps in slowing down the process of aging, preventing hair loss, heart diseases, and anemia, improving digestion, strengthening bones, and maintaining blood sugar and blood pressure levels. It also helps reduce the progression of prostate cancer cells and protect arteries from clogging.
Pomegranate juice is made from pomegranate, a Middle Eastern fruit. Pomegranate contains a higher level of antioxidants than other fruits, green tea as well as red wine. Consuming it regularly helps to protect your heart protected as it is high in antioxidants and phenolic compounds.
Pomegranate juice is a good source of energy, dietary fiber, protein, and minerals like potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, zinc, and sodium. It is also rich in antioxidants and vitamins such as vitamin K, vitamin C, folate, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, and has a moderate amount of vitamin E. And of course, as with all plants, it has zero cholesterol.
|Serving Size :|
|Total lipid (fat) [g]||0.29|
|Carbohydrate, by difference [g]||13.13|
|Fiber, total dietary [g]||0.1|
|Sugars, total including NLEA [g]||12.65|
|Glucose (dextrose) [g]||6.28|
|Calcium, Ca [mg]||11|
|Iron, Fe [mg]||0.1|
|Magnesium, Mg [mg]||7|
|Phosphorus, P [mg]||11|
|Potassium, K [mg]||214|
|Sodium, Na [mg]||9|
|Zinc, Zn [mg]||0.09|
|Copper, Cu [mg]||0.02|
|Manganese, Mn [mg]||0.1|
|Selenium, Se [µg]||0.3|
|Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid [mg]||0.1|
|Pantothenic acid [mg]||0.29|
|Vitamin B-6 [mg]||0.04|
|Folate, total [µg]||24|
|Folate, food [µg]||24|
|Folate, DFE [µg]||24|
|Choline, total [mg]||4.8|
|Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) [mg]||0.38|
|Vitamin K (phylloquinone) [µg]||10.4|
|Fatty acids, total saturated [g]||0.08|
|Fatty acids, total monounsaturated [g]||0.06|
|Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated [g]||0.05|
|Sources include : USDA|
Health Benefits of Pomegranate Juice
Below are some of the surprising health benefits of pomegranate juice.
Pomegranate juice has anti-aging properties that help slow down the aging process, remove fine lines, and reduce wrinkles by preventing UV exposure from destroying collagen and mitigating the body’s inflammatory response. It promotes the regeneration of healthy skin cells and prevents hyperpigmentation and recurring dark spots.
Prevents Hair Loss
Regular consumption of pomegranate juice works wonder on your hair. Its antioxidant properties help strengthen hair follicles resulting in reduced hair loss. Pomegranates are a good source of vitamin E, which helps with hair growth. This also makes your hair look healthy and lustrous.
Pomegranate juice is rich in polyphenols that help protect the body against oxidative stress and may also help reduce the risk of various diseases. According to a study by Arpita Basu, et al., it exhibits antioxidant properties however more clinical evidence is required for the same.
Pomegranate juice is also widely called as a ‘heart-healthy juice’. The antioxidants in it, especially polyphenols, help in reducing bad cholesterol, preventing inflammation in the blood vessel lining, and lowering blockage risk in the arteries. Due to its ability to have the anti-atherogenic effect on the heart, this significantly reduces the possibility of causing an obstruction in the blood flow to the heart or brain. It also helps in increasing the amount of HDL, good cholesterol, required by our body.
Pomegranate juice is a good source of iron and can help treat and reduce the symptoms of iron deficiency anemia. A good source of both vitamin K and folate, this juice helps in blood clotting and healthy red blood cell formation.
Aids in Digestion
A high amount of both soluble and insoluble dietary fiber in pomegranate juice helps in improving digestion and regulating bowel movements. Fiber aids in the smooth functioning of the stomach and also helps to reduce hunger. As it has no cholesterol or saturated fats, it can be the best summer drink that keeps your stomach and liver healthy.
Improves Bone Health
Pomegranate juice helps relieve the symptoms of bone inflammation, osteoporosis, and arthritis. It is also beneficial for patients suffering from a chronic condition like osteoarthritis as it works as an inhibitor of enzymes responsible for the breakdown of the joint’s cartilage.
Lowers Blood Pressure
According to a study, pomegranate juice exhibits the potential to lower systolic blood pressure in hypertensive patients. It also contains potassium that is linked with lowering the risk of high blood pressure.
Studies have shown that pomegranate juice can help prevent colon, lung, prostate, and breast cancer cells from growing. As per the American Cancer Society, drinking this juice daily can significantly slow down the progress of prostate cancer in men. The antioxidants present in this juice stimulate white blood cells and neutralize free radicals in the body.
Improves Memory Function
Research conducted by Susan Y. Bookheimer from the University of California suggests that pomegranate juice helps augment memory due to the presence of polyphenols in it. Not just that, but the study also suggests that the polyphenols in this juice prevent neurodegeneration in animal models suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, thereby making this juice beneficial in its treatment.
- Pomegranate juice is known for providing many health benefits but it may interfere with some prescribed medicines, especially the ones that are used for treating blood pressure, depression, and high cholesterol. Therefore, before consuming this juice, it is always best to consult your doctor.
- This juice has high sugar content. Drinking pomegranate juice every day may increase the blood sugar level in a diabetic patient. On the other side, studies have shown that daily consumption of the juice, in a moderate amount, does not increase the blood sugar level in diabetics any more than other fruits.
- People with asthma and certain plant allergies can show some allergic reaction to pomegranate juice, leading to difficulty in breathing, vomiting, hives, and red itchy eyes.
- People suffering from influenza, constipation, or cough with a phlegmatic condition should also avoid consuming pomegranate juice.