As many people are discovering, using pomegranate juice powder in your smoothies, soups, stews, and other foods is a convenient and versatile way to enjoy the health- promoting nutrients of the pomegranate fruit.
Pomegranate juice powder is made from dehydrated pomegranate juice, which has similar nutritional value as the fruit itself.
The pomegranate tree, native to Iran, bears a red fruit about the size of an orange that has been revered as a healing fruit in several cultures -- such as India, Greece, and Egypt -- for thousands of years. The fruit and other parts of the tree have been used in traditional medicine to lower fever, treat diabetes, heal ulcers, and more. Now as then, pomegranate is eaten alone or added to foods/recipes. It is also used in medicine and in cosmetics.1
It took us a while to catch up, but modern science is learning what the ancients long knew...pomegranate is a superfood with amazing health benefits.
Researchers have discovered that the pomegranate contains 2 major properties through which most of their health benefits seem to spring.
Antioxidant polyphenols. The pomegranate is loaded with potent antioxidants -- such as tannins, flavonols, anthocyanins, and especially ellagitannins-- that help neutralize free radicals before they can damage the cells. (Free radical damage is associated with just about every disease and health condition, including premature aging.) Researchers have discovered that pomegranate juice contains higher levels of these antioxidants than most other fruit juices...and three times the amount of antioxidants in green tea and red wine! 2
Anti Inflammatory compounds. Inflammation has been associated with just about every health condition or disease imagined. Turns out, the antioxidant polyphenols in pomegranate juice serve double duty as anti-inflammatory compounds, especially the ellagitannins. 3, 4
Many research studies suggest that pomegranate juice may:
Pomegranate juice powder is generally well tolerated and safe to take for most people. However, a small number of people may experience an allergic reaction or sensitivity to this fruit, with symptoms that may include difficulty breathing, swelling, runny nose, and itching. If you experience any of these symptoms, stop using the product immediately and contact your healthcare provider or go to the ER at your local hospital. 15
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