Pomegranate juice has been used for centuries and contains extremely high quanitites of antioxidants, studies show even more than green tea.
I really like the taste of pomegranate juice. It reminds me of cranberry juice, with a rich tartness and a bit of a bite. Eating pomegranates is a bit tiresome. I'm all about fiber but the seed filled kernels of pomegranates are too fiber (and labor) intensive for me. I thought I was patient until I tried to sit down and eat an entire pomegranate. Before long, I was once again grateful that I have a juicer.
Pomegranates and their juice have an interesting history. A native of Persia, these apple sized fruits were brought to China around 100 B.C. Its latin name, Punicum Granatum, was the basis for the modern word grenade. Somebody must have had a really bad juicing experience for that one.
The juice of pomegranates was used for tanning leather. Interestingly, this was because of the tannins, a type of antioxidant, that are now all the buzz in the natural health industry. The tannins probably account for the slight bite of pomegranate juice. Camellia Sinensis, tea, is another tannin rich beverage also known for high antioxidant value and health benefits.
Even some of the great authors made specific mention on the pomegrante. Shakespeare, amongst others, made mention of the pomegranate in his writing. Here's a bit from Romeo and Juliet:
"Wilt thou be gone? it is not yet near day. It was the nightingale, and not the lark, That pierced the fearful hollow of thine ear. Nightly she sings on yon pomegranate-tree. Believe me, love, it was the nightingale."
(Translation: You're leaving already? Hold on a minute. If that bird hasn't eaten them all, I'll make some pomegranate juice.)
The modern scoop on pomegranate fruit juice is all about its health properties, with a focus on its cell protective antioxidants. Polyphenols, tannins, and anthocyanins in this lovely fruit are the source of many health benefits of pomegranate juice.
I have a holistic philosophy about foods. It's not all about the vitamins. Nor is it all about the antioxidants, minerals, or other phytonutrients. The real majesty in a superfood like the pomegranate is that it tastes great and makes you feel good when you eat or drink it. Enjoy.
Health Benefits of Pomegranate Juice : With more antioxidants than green tea, pomegranates have taken over as one of the newest health food fads. There's more that just a fad here though. Research studies have shown that pomegranates can help with cancer prevention, male erectile dysfunction, heart disease, and anti-aging. Ah the lovely pom... Shakespeare was onto something.
How to Juice a Pomegranate : Ever wondered how to juice a pomegranate or how to eat one? We've got you covered. Learn how to check for ripeness, cut one open, separate the pith from the seeds, eat one and juice one on this page dedicated to pomegranate preparation techniques.
Pomegranate Spritzer Recipes : Take a look at our pomegranate spritzer recipes and debut one at your next party! You'll be serving up a glass of antioxidant goodness to each of your guests. We've got several recipes ranging from quick and easy to juicing it from scratch. Check them out!
Pom Juice Review : The Pom Wonderful company is the leading pomegrante fruit juice provider, and has been largely responsible for it's recent popularity and research into the health benefits of pomegranates. How does Pom Juice stack up as far as nutritional value is concerned? You can read all about it here on our review of Pom Wonderful juicer.