11 Health Benefits of Pomegranate Juice Several recent studies have shown significant potential health benefits from drinking pomegranate juice. Here are eleven: 1.Fights Breast Cancer Studies in Israel show that pomegranate juice destroys breast cancer cells while leaving healthy cells alone. It may also prevent breast cancer cells from forming. 2.Lung Cancer Prevention Studies in mice show that pomegranate juice may inhibit the development of lung cancer. 3.Slows Prostate Cancer It slowed the growth of prostate cancer in mice. 4. Keeps PSA Levels Stable In a study of 50 men who had undergone treatment for prostate cancer, 8 ounces of pomegranate juice per day kept PSA levels stable, reducing the need for further treatment such as chemotherapy or hormone therapy. 5. Protects the Neonatal Brain Studies show that maternal consumption of pomegranate juice may protect the neonatal brain from damage after injury. 6. Prevention of Osteoarthritis Several studies indicate that pomegranate juice may prevent cartilage deterioration. 7. Protects the Arteries It prevents plaque from building up in the arteries and may reverse previous plaque buildup. 8. Alzheimer’s Disease Prevention It may prevent and slow Alzheimer’s disease. In one study, mice bred to develop Alzheimer’s disease were given pomegranate juice. They accumulated significantly less amyloid plaque than control mice and they performed mental tasks better. 9. Lowers Cholesterol It lowers LDL (bad cholesterol) and raises HDL (good cholesterol). 10. Lowers Blood Pressure One study showed that drinking 1.7 ounces of pomegranate juice per day lowered systolic blood pressure by as much as 5 percent. 11. Dental Protection Research suggests that drinking pomegranate juice may be a natural way to prevent dental plaque. Other Health Benefits – Pomegranate The Pomegranate has been touted as a superfruit due to its amazing health properties. This is because Pomegranates are rich in Potassium, folic acid, Vitamins (rich in Vitamin C) and Antioxidants called polyphenols (some studies suggest that they contain 3 times more antioxidants than red wine or green tea). Antioxidants are chemical substances which help in the prevention of cellular damage (said to be a common pathway for cancer, heart problems, aging, and a variety of diseases) and are the main reason for the big obsession. Much research has been done to show that Pomegranates may be able to reduce blood pressure, LDL cholesterol build up and even slow down prostate cancer. There are Three references of the Pomegranate in the Qur’an under the name of Rumman (its Qur’anic name). The references can be found in; “We bring forth the green blade from, which we bring forth the thick clustered grain; and from the date palm, from the pollen thereof, spring pendant bunches; and (We bring forth) gardens of grapes, and the olive and the pomegranate, alike and unlike.”[Surah vi,Verse 99] “He it is Who produceth gardens trellised and untrellised, and the date palm, and crops of divers flavor, and the olive and the pomegranate , like and unlike. “Surah vi,Verse 141] “Wherein is fruit, the date palm and pomegranate .Which is it, of the favors of your Lord, that ye deny?” [Surah LV ,Verse 68] There are also a number of hadith on the Pomegranate; “Pomegranate and its rind strengthen digestion (stomach).” [narrated Ali(radhiyallahu anhu), Abu Nuaim, Al-Jozi] Some research has also evaluated the antioxidant nature of pomegranate juice and its usefulness in fighting certain forms of cancer. Pomegranate juice has been tentatively shown to reduce incidence of breast and skin cancer. It has also been tested and shown to slow the growth of prostate cancer in mice. Another interesting study has evaluated pomegranate juice and osteoarthritis. Pomegranate juice tends to act as an inhibitor on enzymes responsible for damaging cartilage. These studies applied extract of pomegranate directly onto damaged cartilage. More research would have to examine a cause and effect relationship between oral ingestion of pomegranate juice and reduction in cartilage deterioration.
(Facebook / 12.06.2011)