Pomegranates are red fruits usually cultivated in the Mediterranean region, the land of so many nutritious foods. It's full of seeds inside, called arils, which are the fruit's main edible component. This fruit is loved for its distinct tart taste and is super sweet to boot.
Enjoying the fruit in its juiced form is one of the most common ways to enjoy it, in addition to being consumed whole. In the refrigerated portion of the produce area in the supermarket, you will also find pomegranate juice. By seeding the pomegranates and then combining the seeds and pulp using a mixer until the consistency is smooth, you can also produce it yourself using fresh pomegranates.
There are also many benefits of pomegranate juice, besides being a sweet drink. Here are some of them:
It boosts the immune system with vitamin C
Although store-bought pomegranate juice appears to lose some of the vitamin C content of the fruit (eight ounces normally contain 0.25 milligrams of vitamin C, whereas a cup of the fruit itself has 18 milligrams of vitamin C), more of it can be preserved in the pulp if you make your own. This means that, in combination with other healthier practices, of course, sipping fresh pomegranate juice will actually help improve the immune system. Add a touch of ginger and turmeric for added immune benefits.
It is rich in antioxidants
One of the differences between drinking pomegranate juice and the whole form of the fruit is that some of the nutrients, including fiber and vitamin A, are lacking. But the high antioxidant content of pomegranate isn't lost at all when you enjoy it as a drink. Pomegranate juice has punicalagin, which are powerful antioxidants. Punicalagins, according to scientific studies, have been credited with helping to minimize the risk of some forms of cancer.
It has potassium
There are 214 milligrams of potassium in one serving of pomegranate juice, half of the 3,500 milligrams you want to get every day. Potassium, related to reducing the risk of heart failure and stroke, is an important nutrient for heart health. It helps to keep sodium levels healthy as well.
It can boost the health of the brain
One scientific study of adults with mild memory complaints showed that on memory checks, people who drank pomegranate juice did better than those who didn't. The reasoning for this is possibly that the antioxidants assist with blood supply to the brain, which is helpful for cognitive performance. Another research on rats showed that pomegranate juice intake was associated with a reduction in the brain's inflammatory markers, indicating another correlation between the juice and the health of the brain.