The health benefits of pomegranates is something that I am sitting on the fence about at the minute. I know there has been a serious amount of clinical tests done on the fruit but why has the fruit only come to attention now. When I was growing up as a child I only had ever heard of the fruit but had never actually seen or tasted a pomegranate. So why now am I starting to see the fruits products everywhere. If it’s not pomegranate fruit drinks or smoothies its pomegranate teas and jams. So why is this the case.
One reason I can think of is that the fruit was not a common fruit to Europe but was brought to Europe by the Roman armies to Italy and later by the Moors to Spain. Before this time the fruit was really only found in parts of Asia and the Middle East. In this part of the world the people seemed to have revered the fruit and used it as a symbol of health, life and fertility. The ancient doctors of the time apparently used the fruit to fight against diseases and ailments. So it seems that for years the ancient world were ahead of the western world in the medical research front.
Recently for whatever reason the medical industry has started to look into the health benefits of the pomegranate fruit. The clinical studies have shown some very good results for the fruit which seems to be part of the reason way it has exploded on to the market. But has the commercial and media companies just got carried away or is the findings conclusive. On further research it does appear that the medical industry has referred to the fruit as a super fruit, so why would this be so.
Well for a start the research seems to show that the pomegranate is a great source of antioxidants. Further studies have shown that the fruit has nearly three times the antioxidant levels of blueberries. This in itself to me would be very important because of the need for antioxidants in the body to fight free radicals. The pomegranate juice has also shown to help lower high blood pressure which again is very important. But I don’t think that the results where ever conclusive or made as a fact.
Whatever people believe about the health benefits of pomegranates I think that the fruit is here to stay in the western world. I myself have added it to my regular diet just because it is more available today but I don’t know if I fully believe the hype of the commercial companies. These companies are all going to tell you what you want to hear so that they sell more products.
Not everyone would have tasted pomegranate juice or even the pomegranate fruit itself. Up until recently pomegranates would not have been found in your local supermarkets or shop. I would go as far as saying that you probably would have had to go to a specialized fruit shop or Asian store to find the fruit. So as you can tell it was only recently that I tasted this fruit. I have been very surprised lately at how many pomegranate products I can now find on the shelves of my local shops. I think this is to do with the health benefits that are being attributed to this fruit.
The medical industry has been leaking out some results from all the clinical tests that have been done on the fruit. The results from these tests have been impressive and the medical industry has called the pomegranate a super fruit. This is probably due to the high levels of antioxidants that the fruit has been found to contain. So what are the health benefits that this superfruit holds:
As stated the pomegranate has a very high concentration of antioxidants. It has nearly 3 times the antioxidant levels of any other fruit. For anyone that doesn’t know, antioxidants are needed to help the body fight free radicals. This can be very important in a body’s fight against flu’s, diseases and even some cancers.
Doctors have recommended drinking 8 ounces of pomegranate juice on a daily basis to help you get the full benefits of the fruit. The fruit is easy to find now that it comes in juices, smoothies, jams and herbal teas. So if you want to add the fruit to your weekly shopping list then you have no excuse not to.