How Good Is Pomegranate Juice For You? Benefits For Women And Side Effects

In recent years many people have been switching to all natural fruit juice. Pomegranate makes one of the most nutritious juices available. It has shown much promise in laboratory studies for overall health and the treatment and prevention of various diseases. Studies have been conducted with pomegranate juice and its effect on high blood pressure, hardening of the arteries and heart disease, heart attacks, strokes, breast, skin, lung and prostate cancer. osteoarthritis, serum cholesterol, diabetes, wrinkles and expectant mothers at risk of premature birth.

Pomegranate juice is highly effective in preventing heart disease because of its powerful antioxidant properties. Those who drink green tea and red wine for heart health may find it interesting to know that pomegranate juice has three times more antioxidants per ounce than either green tea or red wine and it tastes delicious. Research has shown that it is a powerful blood thinner and may increase blood flow to the heart. It has be found effective in raising good cholesterol (HDL), lowering bad cholesterol (LDL) and preventing cholesterol from oxidizing and forming plaque in the arteries. It is also effective at lowering blood pressure and reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke. When human cells that line blood vessels are stressed, they appear to have less damage when treated with pomegranate juice which stimulates the production of nitric oxide. It is believed that this chemical keeps arteries open, allowing proper blood flow.

In cancer studies, pomegranate juice reduces the incidence of skin, breast, lung and prostate cancer. Its ability of fight these diseases is due to the level of antioxidants that it contains and their anti-inflammatory effect. Studies show that when cancer cells are exposed to pomegranate juice they die. The juice halts the growth, and prevents the development of cancer. Women working at preventing, or healing breast cancer, will be interested to know that the juice inhibits aromatase activity by sixty to eight percent without side effects. Other benefits for women are its high iron, calcium and magnesium content.

An interesting study was done on the effects of pomegranate juice on osteoarthritis. Researchers found that the juice acts as an inhibitor of the enzyme that damages cartilage and it may also be useful in supporting joint function and integrity. Pomegranate juice is an ideal way for diabetics to prevent the development of atherosclerosis and coronary disease. Diabetics, who are not able to intake foods and beverages high in sugars can drink pomegranate juice because it doesn’t have a negative effect on blood glucose levels.

Pomegranate juice may be the right choice for expectant mothers who may be at risk of premature birth because it helps babies resist brain injuries from reduced blood flow and low oxygen. Studies with animals have shown that pomegranate juice reduces brain tissue loss by sixty per cent. This is a good alternative for pregnant woman who are unable to benefit from the protective effects of red wine. Experts have also said that the nutritional content of pomegranate juice provides excellent protection against the development of wrinkles and can even make them more smooth and less noticeable.

Conclusion

Preventing serious illness before it begins is the best way to conquer it. Many studies validate the power and usefulness of fresh juice. Pomegranate is one of the most effective juices in the treatment and prevention of illness. Adding pomegranate juice to your diet will have great health benefits for you, both now and in the future.


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quicksand 8 years ago

Very informative indeed. Pharmecutical guys are hell bent on suppressing information like this.

Although the juice has a sweet flavor, there is one variety of which the juice is bitter. I guess this is from trees on which no fertiliser has been used.

Probably the PH value of the juice is well above 7, since you say it kills cancer cells on contact. Have you heard of the other variety, the bitter one?


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LouiseKnittel 8 years ago from Ohio

Very nice and imformative hub.


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stevemark122000 8 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks for your comment quicksand. That interesting. I haven't heard of the bitter variety. The sweet variety is very healthy because the naturally occuring sugars are bound to antioxidants and do not cause unhealthy blood sugar changes.

Thanks for your comment Louise and for stopping by!


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Jerilee Wei 8 years ago from United States

I have invasive breast cancer and it was one of the recommended juices from the cancer treatment diet I was given, along with mangosteen and acai berry. Great hub!


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Shalini Kagal 8 years ago from India

Thanks for another great and informative hub - we tend to take pomegranates for granted - I have a tree in our garden. I didn't realise just how good it was!

If you do have access to fresh pomegrantes, the fruit tastes great in a salad when combined with boiled and diced beetroot, tossed with vinaigrette dressing.


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quicksand 8 years ago

Well, Steve, the juice of the bitter variety is a shade of green. Some say the taste is due the fruit not ripening to a desired level since no fertilizer is used. Others say the sweetness of the first variety is caused by the action of the fertilizer. I am sure your research will provide more info on this topic. You know it is also hailed as the fruit from Paradise!

Anyways thanks for the valuable info.


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Constant Walker 8 years ago from Springfield, Oregon

Great hub, Steve, as always. You're the HubPages health expert... as far I'm concerned.

The first time I ever heard about the health benefits of pomegranate juice a friend approached me in a market, handed me one of those little tags that comes attached to POMWonderful, and said "read this." I've been drinking pomegranate juice ever since.


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stevemark122000 8 years ago from Southern California Author

Jerilee, thanks for your comment. Glad to hear you are taking a natural approach to your health. Hope you are better soon.

Shalini good to hear from you again. You can't beet organic straight from the garden. You and your family are fortunate.

Quicksand, you can get sweet organic pomegranate juice with no pestisides being involved. This is the kind I use regularly.

Thanks for your comment Constant! It"s makes a great drink. I also uses it in most of my smoothie combinations.


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cabodavid 8 years ago from Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Mexico

And our idiot landscaper ripped out my fruitful pomeganate trees.... Much of the same benefits can be derived from consuming Nopal cactus - cooked strips used in tacos, salads, soups etc. by the Aztecs and Mexicans today. In Mexico you can buy Nopal supplements in capsules.

cabodavid


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Rochelle Frank 8 years ago from California Gold Country

I really like pomegranete juice. it is showing up in many beverages now with teas, and combos with blueberry and other juices. I have even heard of a pom and OJ martini, which may not be your idea of a healthful drink-- but it could be a step in the right direction.


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Attani 8 years ago from Silicon Valley

Good cause I love it!


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Shalini Kagal 8 years ago from India

Pomegranate juice and vodka make a great sundowner :)


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vmarge2001 8 years ago from San Jose

This is very informative!


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einron 8 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

Thanks very much for the article. Have heard about it before and have also tried it too. Great hub.


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Sufidreamer 8 years ago from Sparti, Greece

Interesting - we have some Pomegranate trees. Time to get the juicer out!

Thanks for that.


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Eric L Walker 8 years ago from Kalamazoo, MI

This is an informative article. Thank you. I used to only drink pomegranate juice with vodka, but gave up the alcohol and made the same drink without it. Now I'm addicted. Glad to know it's so healthy.

Eric Walker


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Sony G 8 years ago from West New York

Great hub! very informative


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minnow 7 years ago from Seattle

I love pomegranate juice--now I have one more reason to go out and buy it. Great hub!


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RGraf 7 years ago from Wisconsin

Great info. My children and I have found that we love this juice. Now I have more reasons to drink it.

Thank you so much.


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maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

About a year ago, when I turned 70, my blood pressure was inching up to around 84 over 140, not bad, but a caution sign. My doc recommended pom juice. Have a glass every morning. My last BP reading was 71 over 122.

Great hub...thanks for the additional info.


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barranca 7 years ago

Cheers! Pomegranate juice has a tang like no other...must be those anti-oxidants.


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mulder 7 years ago from Warnbro Western Australia

Great hub Steve I happen to have a promegranate Tree growing at my house .


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gfang 7 years ago from Southern California

I've not had any in years, but I'll give it a try again tommorow.


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Kushal Poddar 7 years ago from Kolkata,India

I am glad to learn it. It is worth a try.


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mzronny 7 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio

I'm an expecting mother and I've been drinking the juice simply because its an antioxident and it tastes so good. But I always get it mixed with another juice. I have never tried it by itself. Guess I'm going to the store tomorrow. Thanks for the great hub.


Brenda 7 years ago

I've been drinking Pom Juice for about 2 months now. I drink about 3-4 ounces every morning. I read where this juice lowers blood pressure and might not mix with certain blood pressure medicines. What does anyone know about this? I take a blood pressure medication and would be sad if I had to stop drinking Pom Juice. Thanks in advance for any help with this question.


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TrudyVan 6 years ago from South Africa

Great hub and great advice. I love pomegranates.


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contentmaster 6 years ago

Natural food including all fruits always help human organism to achieve high immunity and fitness. I suggest pomegranate juice mixing with sweet mandarins for a unique taste as well. :))


Gemini 6 years ago

I found pomegranate juice great for lowering blood pressure but I'm concerned about the sugar as I am glucose intolerant and due to have some tests and I didn't want raised levels. Anyone know whether it does or doesn't do this?


Billybob 6 years ago

Hardening of the arteries (plaque buildup) runs in my family. At age 60 the plaque buildup in the arteries in my brain was so bad I was walking around in a fog and felt 90 years old. I read the Israeli research that showed pomegranate juice reduced the plaque buildup already there and prevents further plaque from sticking to the arteries..After 5 months of drinking pomegranate juice (the kind that needs refrigeration in the stores)my head started to clear up..I'm now 68 years old and I feel like I did when I was 40..It truly was a miracle for me! I also eat wild blueberries that are very high in antioxidant.


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sharon e dix 6 years ago

One more time all that can be said is thank you , for your time helping others to live a fuller life.May all the good you do come back to you . May all your dreams come true. Sharon e Dix


Pete Grosse 5 years ago

About 2 months ago my sperm count was under a million, so on a tip from my nutrition store owner I started drinking Pom. Well, 3 weeks later it measured 8 million! So I kept it up, and the real kicker? Last week the news came: we're pregnant! I think you can add another string to the pomegranate juice bow!


Maria 5 years ago

I bought some Pom for the first time yesterday and had some straight away. Whilst drinking it I started to feel a little bit sick. I did not think more about until this morning when I had a big glass of it. I only got half ways and then I was sick.

I tend to feel sick when I drink green tea to and I am now wondering whether it is the antioxidants or the pesticides that makes me feel and be sick?!


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lilian1 5 years ago from Hertfordshire England

Thank you very much for all this very important information stevemark :)


Marchie 5 years ago

I gave my daughter pomegranate juice as a treatment for acne. I was worried that I should consult a doctor first, but it looks like that wasn't necessary! I'm going to try it for everything now :)


Sharpe 5 years ago

I'm really liking the electrolytes in pomegranate juice... I was in a minor road accident 5 years ago, but with the help of Pom I'm slowly getting some of the muscle tone in my left calf back. Great!


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vertualit 5 years ago from Bangladesh

People can learn more by reading your hubs. great information. :)


Andre 5 years ago

One NEGATIVE not mentioned is the high sugar content and pre- and diabetes 2. I presume that the Fruit is a better choice. Please comment. Thank you


darrell 4 years ago

I have a tree and pomegranates have ripened and not sweet like ones you get at Walmart and other places,is it a different type or is there something to do to make them sweet when ripe


Valerie 4 years ago

I am absolutely addicted to Pomegranates. I hadn't had one since jr. high and then right before Thanksgiving this year I started having a pomegranate every single day. Now that the season is over, I'm at a loss. I don't care too much for the juice, but I'll have to give it a shot. I can't wait for a nice, fresh pomegranate. Did anyone answer the sugar issue with drinking the juice?


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InfinityVal 4 years ago from NNY

Great info - I like to sprinkle the seeds on salads. I'll get some juice now too!


jayati 4 years ago

Praise the Lord with all fruits HE create for us!


Francoise 4 years ago

Great !


Steve Harp 2 years ago

It contains active B myosin, which is great for digestion.

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