Pomegranate juice: the benefits and contraindications

Pomegranate juice: the benefits and contraindications

Il pomegranate juicedrink rich in benefits and not without contraindications, is a cure-all in various areas of health. This is also thanks to the nutritional values and at property of the fruit – which is obtained from Pink garnetspecies belonging to the family of Lythraceae – praised even by experts.

Several studies have established that pomegranate is the drink antioxidant more powerful than any other thanks to the polyphenols present in it. Easily available on the market in the bottle, it can also be easily made at home. But how much pomegranate juice per day can you drink? And who can’t drink it instead? Let’s go in order.

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What is pomegranate juice

Pure pomegranate juice is a very tasty and health beneficial drink. It is obtained starting from the grains of the characteristic fruit, often associated with the name of the shrub, but whose definition is actually pomegranate or balustrade. The origin of these words is traced back to the Latin “inevitable” e “garnet”To the Italian meaning of“ apple with seeds ”.

The origin of the shrub known as pomegranate is believed to be the area of ​​North Africa, modern-day Iran and Western Asia. Its cultivation is now widespread mainly in the Americas, Mexico and the USA.

In Italy there are mainly species of small size intended for ornamental use. Pomegranate juice can be obtained from the bright red grains that make up the inner part of the fruit. There are many properties associated with them, as well as the possible benefits for human health.

Pomegranate juice, nutritional values

The main resource present inside the pomegranate grains is thewater, which makes them up for about 80% of the total. Within the remaining 20% ​​the lion’s share is played by sugars, which amounted to around 13%. Also good is the presence of fibrebetween 3 and 4%.

In the pomegranate there are proteins, in the order of 1%, and a minimum part of fats, between 0.5 and 1%. The level of calorie associated with this fruit, which does not exceed 52 per 100 grams of product. The potassium it is one of the natural beneficial substances of which the pomegranate is richest, about 250 mg per 100 grams of fruit.

Vitamin C follows with 20 mg per 100 g while iron, magnesium and sodium are also present. In the pomegranate seeds there are also traces of manganese, copper and zinc. The fruit is particularly light and suitable for those on a diet due to the reduced calorie content. But what are the benefits of pomegranate juice?

Properties of pomegranate

Before moving on to the beneficial effects of the fruit, let’s take a brief overview of the property of the most interesting pomegranate:

  • Contains polyphenols and flavonoidsresponsible for the antioxidant power.
  • It contains vitamins B, A and C
  • It is rich in minerals (contains, among others, manganese, potassium, iron., calcium, phosphorus and magnesium).
  • Promotes diuresis
  • Improve digestion
  • Fights the constipation
Pomegranate juice the benefits and contraindications
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Pomegranate juice, benefits

Drink pomegranate juice every day, naturally avoiding the excesses, it can be a good habit due to the various benefits that this drink is able to bring to our body. First of all, it is rich in anthocyanins, flavonoids and ellagitannins, substances that protect us from bacteria, parasites and ultraviolet radiation.

But even more is known – as we have seen – its antioxidant power. Drinking a glass of pomegranate juice every day can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Promotes heart health

This fruit is able to protect the heart by carrying out a preventive action in cardiovascular diseases. This is because regular consumption of the drink helps reduce bad LDL cholesterol, raise good HDL cholesterol, and improve heart health more generally.

Combats arteriosclerosis

This natural remedy is believed to be useful in preventing, as also claimed by a study conducted by researchers at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, oxidative stress of the arteries and the possible occurrence of atherosclerosis.

The hypothesis of the researchers is that these benefits derive, together with the vasoprotective and antithrombotic action, from the particular concentration of antioxidants within the pomegranate juice.

Gastroprotective action

Between therapeutic and beneficial properties of pomegranate juice it must be remembered that the phenolic component is believed to be able to provide agastroprotective action. It is a panacea for the stomach and intestines thanks to its anti-inflammatory, astringent and antioxidant properties.

Fights cancer

A possible one is also associated with pomegranate juice anticarcinogenic action, as evidenced by a 2012 study published in the scientific journal Translational Oncology. In particular, based on the revision of the studio “Potent health effects of pomegranate” dated 2014, it has been shown that the pomegranate fruit could be used in the treatment of prostate cancer in humans as it can inhibit cell growth and induce apoptosis.

Fights constipation

If in ancient times the pomegranate was recommended as aphrodisiac and to calm heartburn, we know today that its usefulness in the field of health and well-being also covers the antidiarrheal powerbut also its effects against constipation.

Pomegranate juice, thanks to its richness in fiber, has beneficial effects on the intestine. In particular, it favors peristalsis and, consequently, the elimination of faeces.

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Relieves menopause symptoms

The high quantity of phytoestrogens is useful in fighting the most typical symptoms of menopause, such as mood swings, nervousness and the much annoying hot flashes.

Enhance the skin

Enhance the appearance of the skin. She gives her a young and healthy look thanks to her high antioxidant power and the B vitamins she provides. It also prevents hyperpigmentation, and the presence of punicic acid hydrates the driest skin.

Improve physical performance

A study conducted by the University of North Carolina found that pomegranate extract contains a nitrate having favorable effects on people who perform regular physical activity. Essentially, it would improve blood flow and delay fatigue.

It acts as a sexual stimulant

A study conducted by Queen Margaret University of Edinburgh proved that the pomegranate can be considered a powerful one sexual stimulant. In the patients to whom it was administered, a testosterone level greater than about 30% was found. Therefore it is considered a kind of Viagra natural.

Strengthens the immune system

Pomegranate juice stimulates the probiotics of the body, the same ones that deal with fighting viral and bacterial infections. This happens thanks to the antioxidant properties and the vitamins it contains, which stimulate the immune system in a particular way.

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Contraindications of pomegranate juice

As reported on the Humanitas website, pomegranate can interfere with carbamazepine, with drugs metabolized by cytochrome P450 2C9, 2D6 and 3A4, with ACE inhibitors, with antihypertensives, with rosuvastatin, tolbutamide and warfarin.

Who can’t drink pomegranate juice? Generally, those undergoing drug treatment to control and lower blood pressure should be careful as the fruit has this ability. Its high alkaloid content, linked to excessive juice consumption, can cause dizziness.

When should you drink pomegranate juice?

Pomegranate juice, regardless of its many beneficial properties for health, is a pleasant drink to sip during the day, in the morning for breakfast as well as during the afternoon, for a regenerating break.

Drinking it on an empty stomach can help relievechronic inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract. The study in question was conducted on animals, on which it was shown how it can act as an anti-inflammatory and improve digestive activity.

Pomegranate juice: for how long? As it is not a drug treatment, it is not necessary to ask the question. The only recommendation is not to abuse it, as is true for all foods and drinks, after all.

In any case, it is advisable to consult your doctor to understand if, in your specific case, it is possible to consume it lightly.

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