Pomegranate has been one of the most talked about health foods in the past year. Many readers wrote to us and asked about the health benefits of pomegranate juice. Not only is it popular among the health conscious crowd, we are surprised to see that pomegranate fruits are becoming widely used as hot trendy home decor in more and more home decorating television programs!
Preliminary evidence suggests that drinking concentrated pomegranate juice may reduce cholesterol. Israeli researchers, published a small clinical study in June 2004 in Clinical Nutrition, suggested that "drinking a glass of pomegranate juice a day for one year reduced blood pressure (particularly systolic pressure) and slowed down LDL cholesterol (the bad cholesterol) oxidation".
Pomegranate fruits contain many types of antioxidants including polyphenols, tannins and anthocyanins. Interestingly, pomegranate juice contains higher levels of antioxidants than other fruit juices, red wine or even green tea.
Bottom Line: Various studies thus far has had small sample sizes, thus further research is required to fully evaluate possible pomegranate health benefits. In general, pomegranate juice is safe to drink. Many studies have given a daily dose of 1.5 oz of pomegranate juice with no significant side effects.
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