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Sunday, December 14, 2008

Pomegranate Powder

Pomegranate powder is now available for those who, like me, enjoy pomegranate and think it is healthy but who don't have the time to peel and slice and eat the fruit that often. The research is all good about this fruit. The antioxidant capability is apparently three times higher than that of red wine or green tea. Researchers also found "anthocyanins, ellagic acid derivatives, and hydrolyzable tannins" in pomegranate.1

One of the most exciting studies that I have seen indicates that pomegranates contain polyphenols. These are plant compounds that have more than one electron donor group. (Vitamin C is an antioxidant but has only one electron to donate for this purpose.) Donated electrons can quench (destroy) harmful free radicals. The polyphenols in pomegranate protect against LDL damage. They basically neutralize the harms of LDL. As a result, pomegranate fights clogged arteries and damaged arteries. And it does this not just in test tubes but in living organisms.2

  1. "Antioxidant activity of pomegranate juice and its relationship with phenolic composition and processing." 2000. Gil MI, Tomás-Barberán FA, Hess-Pierce B, Holcroft DM, Kader AA.. J Agric Food Chem. Oct. 48(10):4581-9. Accessed Dec 14, 2008.
  2. "Pomegranate juice flavonoids inhibit low-density lipoprotein oxidation and cardiovascular diseases: studies in atherosclerotic mice and in humans." 2002. Aviram, M, et al. Drugs-Exp-Clin-Res. 28(2-3): 49-62. Accessed Dec 14, 2008.

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