The high concentration of polyphenol in pomegranates protects your body from early aging and many other health problems.
Oxidative Damages and Free Radicals
Aging, along with other diseases, is frequently a consequence of oxidative damages to enzymes, cell structures, proteins or acids. The Oxidative reaction in our body is similar to the reaction that occurs when metal is rusting. In our body oxidative damages develop because of free radicals. But what is bad about free radicals? They are molecules with unpaired “free” electrons, who are trying to pull electrons out of other molecules. This causes a chain reaction, which harms the body´s cell structure. Free radicals are a significantly involved in the development of high blood pressure, arteriosclerosis, allergies, diabetes, rheumatism and even Parkinson´s and Alzheimer. Free radicals in our bodies can come from cigarette smoke, exposure to sunlight and many residues in food. Our body produces them as a by-product too and our emotional well-being influences the oxidation processes.
Our body relies on external assistance to keep the oxidative reactions under control. Some antioxidant plant substances are for example protectors of oxidative damages. However, studies have found that certain antioxidants are less helpful than others. Two strong protectors against oxidative damages are for example red wine and green tea.
Pomegranate Juice is much stronger than other Antioxidants
Pomegranate juice contains much more antioxidants than red wine, green tea, cranberry juice, noni- or orange juice. This exceptionally high amount of antioxidants enables pomegranate polyphenols to intercept free radicals and to create safe compounds with their unbound electrons. High quality pomegranate juice has an antioxidant power which is three to four times higher than red wine or green tea (tested with the so-called TEAC test).
The indirect antioxidant impact of the pomegranate does activate our body´s own antioxidative protective system. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that people increased their antioxidative protection by 9% after drinking pomegranate juice for only 1 week! Another study found that one year of daily pomegranate juice consumption increased the antioxidative protection by 130% (Aviram at al., 2004).