Pomegranate season is coming and even the laziest people are watching videos on youtube learning how to peel this incredible fruit off. Pomegranates do have some great health benefits, but there may be some inflated claims tied to this gorgeous fruit! Let’s find out more together!
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The Pomegranate tree is native to Asia and has been revered among many ancient religions for its medicinal purposes. Now, researchers believe that the fruit’s antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties may be used to help certain heart conditions like high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart attack and congestive heart failure.
Pomegranates contain strong antioxidants and properties that can help prevent fatty deposits from building up around our arteries. This buildup may lead to heart attacks and other heart problems. Studies have found that consuming pomegranate juice can reduce the development of these fatty deposits in our arteries, a problem commonly found in patients with chronic conditions (such as diabetes). And while more research is needed to fully back these claims in regards to pomegranates specifically, plenty of research supports the idea that antioxidants can help with a range of other issues, from sun protection to athletic performance.
But they're not just special in juice form. Whole pomegranate seeds contain a good amount of fiber, too, which is essential for proper digestive and heart health.
While pomegranate juice sounds pretty awesome, make sure to check with your doctor before consuming it regularly as a health supplement. Also, read the labels on your pomegranate juice very carefully (and make sure what you’re getting is actually 100 percent juice). The Federal Trade Commission sued the makers of POM Wonderful pomegranate juice in 2010 for allegedly misleading advertising that claimed their products prevented or treated erectile dysfunction, prostate cancer, and heart disease — all claims found to be “unsubstantiated” (whoops). While the FTC believes the results of studies POM ran on their juice were false or did not show any benefits, POM Wonderful stands by its claim that there is a variety of research that shows the health benefits of pomegranates (we found it too!). Fun fact: Companies are allowed to post health claims about their products without proving them, as long as there is some sort of disclaimer on the package acknowledging the claims uncertainty. Read the fine print!
And while pomegranates definitely have some good assets, they’re also pretty high in naturally-occurring sugar, which can be easily to accidently overdose on, racking up calories. Drink this delicious ruby-red juice in moderation — a small dash of juice in a glass of regular or seltzer water goes a long way!