March 4, 2009

POMEGRANATE JUICE vs. RED WINE

Pomegranate juice has the highest antioxidant content, activity and protective benefits of eight different beverages tested, according to a study conducted by researchers from Center for Human Nutrition at the University of California-Los Angeles' David Geffen School of Medicine, and published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

"Oftentimes, a beverage will make a claim about its superior antioxidant content based on the results of one test alone that provides the highest antioxidant capacity," said lead researcher Dr. David Heber. "What is important about this study is that all the beverages included were run against several tests resulting in a more complete assessment of a beverage's antioxidant activity and capability."

Researchers conducted a total of seven tests on 100 percent pomegranate juice, red wine, orange juice, blueberry juice, Concord grape juice, acai berry juice, white tea and green tea. Four of these tests evaluated the antioxidant strength of the beverages.

Pomegranate juice was found to have the highest polyphenol content of any beverage, even outcompeting recent "superfoods" such as acai berry or green and white tea.

Polyphenols are a naturally occurring family of plant chemicals that are known to function as antioxidants in the body. They are believed to help reduce the risks of cancer and cardiovascular disease and the effects of aging.

In addition to polyphenol content, the researchers also tested how well the various beverages performed at scavenging free radicals and preventing oxidation (decay) of LDL ("good") cholesterol. Once again, pomegranate juice outperformed all competitors, with an antioxidant potency composite index 20 percent higher than any other beverage tested.

This study marks the 11th study in the last 10 years to demonstrate the health benefits of 100 percent pomegranate juice. Prior studies have linked the juice to reducing the risks of heart disease, prostate cancer and even erectile dysfunction.

Article by: David Gutierrez (NaturalNews.com)


11 comments:

  1. Pomegranate,

    My favorite fruit! Can't eat it without making a mess though & they are so expensive in Japan...well.. as all fruits are!

    But reading you post has convinced me that buying a pomegranate is worth the money ;)

    Gabrielle

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  2. Yes, I hope you do get a chance to buy a pomegranate, or two! They are definitely worth the mess and the money :-)

    Mila

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  3. I love pomegranates too Mila, don't see them often here but when I do, I treat myself. :0)

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  4. Thank you for sharing this wonderful information about pomegranate with us. With all this buzz about superfood flying around I feel it is very important for us to know in detail what we consume. Looking forward to see more posts like this from you.

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  5. Thank you, I look forward to hearing your thoughts on future posts!

    Mila

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  6. Well then there's always Pomegranate wine which is amazing. I have my own tree and I feel very grateful for that. We juice with a press (citrus) juicer and they make wonderful juice!

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  7. PS My Yemenite neighbor says that in Yemen (and today) they save the peels and boil them and drink the liquid for diarrhea, it's said to stop it faster than any medication. It has other uses as well. I have heard that the oil is powerful to protect against breast cancer. It truly is a superfood!

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  8. Pomegranate wine sure sounds lovely :-)

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  9. Do you juice it in a regular juicer? Or a citrus juicer? Or any other way? I tried it with a citrus juicer a few days ago actually and it was ridiculously messy and I barely got any from one pomegranate, just want to make sure I'm doing it right!

    Thanks so much!!
    ~Anna

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  10. Hi Anna, I use a twin gear juicer, GreenStar!

    xoxo

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