Pomegranate juice has been analyzed to have greater antioxidant capacity than red wine, grape juice, cranberry juice, green tea or acai juice. It has three times as many antioxidants as both wine or green tea. Drinking pomegranate juice measurably reduces oxidative stress (the toxic effects of free radicals) in healthy humans. Much research has shown that pomegranate’s potent antioxidant capacity provides protection against heart disease, cancer and cognitive impairment.
According to a research study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, since pomegranates are rich in antioxidants, they can prevent the oxidization of LDL cholesterol, also known as ‘bad’ cholesterol.
Pomegranate is great in maintaining effective and healthy blood circulation. Other health benefits include being a great cure for the heart related problems, stomach disorders, cancer, dental conditions, osteoarthritis, anemia and diabetes. Pomegranates have been traditionally used for clearing up the skin and reducing inflammation.
It’s suggested that pomegranate extract may block production of a cartilage-destroying enzyme. A small 2011 study showed that pomegranate extract decreased joint tenderness in RA patients by 62 percent. Researchers credited the fruit’s antioxidant properties, concluding that pomegranates may help lessen symptoms in people who have RA.
A 2016 study found that pomegranate extract can reduce biomarkers of the condition and oxidative stress. Participants who were given pomegranate extract twice a day experienced significantly less joint tenderness, swelling, and pain intensity than those in the placebo group.
Any way you slice it, the pomegranate is high in nutrition, low in calories, and part of a healthy diet. But for people with RA, pomegranates may have extra benefits. These benefits include reducing inflammation, joint pain, and cartilage removal.
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