Pomegranate: from the Latin meaning ‘seeded apple’ is a fruit as old as civilization. The pomegranate tree has been cultivated since antiquity in the middle East in the area known as the cradle of civilization. This region includes Iraq, Iran, Turkey, Syria and beyond. Pomegranates figure prominently in many cultures from Armenia across central Asia to China. These ruby fruits are heralded as a symbol for fertility, abundance, prosperity, health and well being. The associations of pomegranates
with wealth, abundance, prosperity and fertility can easily be
transferred to our present day understanding of this fruit as a rich
source of polyphenol anti-oxidants.
tops all other conventional fruits,
in its ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) value, making it one of
the most powerful antioxidant fruits. In scientific studies it has been shown to benefit
cardiovascular function, healthy cell replication and antioxidant
protection. These health benefits are due to the phytochemicals
compounds such as ellagic acid, gallic acid, anthocyanins, and tannins,
including punicalagin and other powerful phytonutrients.
Clinical and experimental studies show the pomegranate juice:
- Decreases Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL) oxidation
- Enhances cellular (macrophage) glutathione
- Helps maintain regular platelet activity
- Reduces activity of angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE)
- Supports normal vascular contraction.
- Promotes normal cell function and replication
In the last 15 years this fruit’s popularity has surged due to the abundance of nutrients in its ruby red juice. Here in California pomegranate fruits hang heavy on the branch like ruby jeweled tree ornaments. California is a main production center for pomegranates and pomegranate juice. This ancient fruit has found a new home in the world of functional foods. Its wide popularity is not surprising because its nutrient density is complemented by its sweet tangy flavor.
One of the best ways to use this functional food is in the form of the pomegranate juice concentrate which is available year round. By using it in
concentrate form you will get a powerful dose of the anti-oxidants in
just a tablespoon of juice. The Premier Research Labs Pomegranate Elixade is made fresh from organically grown pomegranates and nothing else.
Easy Ways to Use Premier Research Labs Pomegranate Elixade
- mix in sparkling water for a refreshing tonic
- accentuate a smoothie
- stir into plain yogurt for sweet and tangy treat
- add to frozen treats like vegan or regular ice cream
- use in a Middle Eastern recipe such as Fesenjan
On a final note pomegranate juice, like grapefruit juice, may interact with a number of medications. People on any medication, especially on anti-hypertensive or cholesterol lowering medications, or people who are allergic to many plants, should consult their physician before taking pomegranate juice or pomegranate products.