As promised, we follow the second and last part of this mini session of articles dedicated to pomegranate benefits.
In fact, a long article was not enough to exhaust all potential (especially a benefit women) that the extraordinary pomegranate has.
If you lost the first part of the article, you can find it here: "Pomegranate juice properties (and several specific benefits for women)".
- 1 Benefits of the pomegranate: Depression in menopause
- 2 Benefits of pomegranate: Anti-osteoporosis protection
- 3 Benefits of the pomegranate (associated with pregnancy and childbirth): uterine contractions
- 4 Benefits of the pomegranate (associated with pregnancy and childbirth): protection of the placenta
- 5 Benefits of the pomegranate (associated with pregnancy and childbirth): protection of the neonatal brain
- 6 Benefits of pomegranate: due to memory problems
- 7 Benefits of the pomegranate: The anti-obesity effects
- 8 Benefits of the pomegranate: Skin protection (if you love sunbathing)
- 9 Benefits of the pomegranate: Anti-wrinkle effect
- 10 Benefits of the pomegranate: Viral infections
- 11 Benefits of the pomegranate: Bacterial infections
- 12 Benefits of the pomegranate: Antioxidant and anti-aging effect
Benefits of the pomegranate: Depression in menopause
The symptom of depression (with ease of crying) is one of the many symptoms that can occur in the period of entry into the menopause.
Generally the woman enters menopause among the 45-55 years, and this event is accompanied by oscillations and a decrease in estrogen hormones.
other symptoms often associated with menopause can be:
- Hot flashes
- Sleep disorders
- Low libido
- Vaginal dryness
- Painful sexual relationships
- Joint and muscle pains
- Urinary tract disorders
Whatever the symptom, given that menopause is related to the decrease and fluctuation of estrogen, the pomegranate that is naturally rich in estrogen1 (estradiol, estrone and estriol) is a safe and natural way to relieve the symptoms of menopause.
Another experiment2 showed that the pomegranate develops estrogenic activity in an animal model.
In the sun two weeks of administration of pomegranate two parameters commonly associated with menopause are significantly improved:
- The desire to move It has improved. So the depression has decreased. In fact, the tendency to immobility is associated with a depressive state and in this experiment the animals naturally started to do more movement than the control group.
- La loss of bone density has been reversed. That is, animals with low levels of estrogen (which tend to lose bone), after only two weeks of pomegranate administration have normalized the condition of bone health by increasing the number of bone trabeculae and the distance between them decreases. Their bones were in just two weeks return to the density of a healthy bone... it seems extraordinary to me! how fewer worries could there be about the soundness of one's bones if pomegranate juice was drunk every day?
Benefits of pomegranate: Anti-osteoporosis protection
Another study3 focused on the effectiveness of thepomegranate peel extract in bone loss (Osteoporosis) and demonstrated how the pomegranate is able to reduce the development of cells that destroy bone tissue (osteoclasts) with a consequent increased bone preservation in just 21 days.
The more I read these studies, the more I agree with how true the idea is out there in nature be there already a solution for every problem. Just look for it and use it properly.
If you are one woman in menopause and you want to save both bones and good humor, don't forget to use the pomegranate daily (in the form of extract, pure juice or fruit).
Often, complicated solutions are sought when the simplest, painless and low-cost solution is just around the corner.
Benefits of the pomegranate (associated with pregnancy and childbirth): uterine contractions
An interesting study4 reveals that the pomegranate, specifically theseed extract He is able to stimulate contractions of the uterus.
This ability is probably associated with the high content of beta-sitosterol of the seed extract (16%).
Whenever you want to stimulate contractions of the uterus the pomegranate could represent a natural help to get this effect.
For example, in the absence of uterine contractions during pregnancy you can think of pomegranate to increase its frequency and intensity (talk to your doctor first if you fall into the category).
In fact, in the first months of pregnancy these contractions have the function of train the uterus to the most intense efforts to which he will be called in labor of childbirth and it might be useful in these cases to obtain a gentle and non-pharmacological stimulation.
Benefits of the pomegranate (associated with pregnancy and childbirth): protection of the placenta
La placenta is an extraordinarily important organ for complete a pregnancy successfully. In certain complicated pregnancies, conditions of high oxidative stress can occur, which causes the placenta to malfunction and therefore endanger the birth itself.
A research5 in this field has led to interesting results for women who want to undertake a pregnancy e naturally reduce the associated risks to her.
In the group of women treated with a glass of pomegranate juice (about 230ml) per day in last weeks of pregnancy and then their placentas were analyzed, also some in vivo values related to oxidative stress were also evaluated.
It turned out that the women who had consumed pomegranate juice had lower values of oxidative stress in the cells of their placentas.
Furthermore, the same cells showed one greater resistance to harmful stimuli which otherwise would normally have resulted in death.
So, to have a healthier and more resistant placenta, the pomegranate is one of the safest and most effective answers in nature.
These effects have been associated with a specific antioxidant contained in this fruit and called Punicalagina.
Benefits of the pomegranate (associated with pregnancy and childbirth): protection of the neonatal brain
One of the risks for the child during pregnancy it is associated with events that lead to a deficiency oxygen supply to the brain (hypoxia and ischemia in the neonatal brain).
A study6 in 2005 highlighted the possibility of exploiting the simple and extraordinary pomegranate - thanks to its richness and specificity of antioxidants - for protect nerve cells from death following a reduced influx of oxygen to the brain in the neonatesimply making it drink to the mother.
Mom drinks the pomegranate juice during the last months of pregnancy and lactation, and the child - already in the mother's womb - receives the benefits (and even the mother herself will get the many advantages that the pomegranate gives to those who use it).
Benefits of pomegranate: due to memory problems
Even if we know the benefits of antioxidants to preserve the good brain function, studies that precisely analyze the effects of foods on cognitive functions such as memory, attention and learning, they are always stimulating.
I found a study7 very interesting in which the mnemonic abilities and the influx of blood in the brain in adults and elderly subjects following the use of pomegranate juice compared to a similar group that does not use this juice.
The results are fascinating, because the group of people who used a glass of pomegranate juice for 4 weeks shows significant differences compared to the group that used a placebo.
These are the benefits obtained by users of pomegranate juice in sun 4 weeks:
- Improved in the tests of the memory (test Buschke)
- Increased blood supply to specifications brain areas during memory tests (evaluation with functional magnetic resonance)
- Increase of the antioxidants in plasma
In practice, it seems that pomegranate is a valid natural aid for enhance memory both in adults and in the elderly, especially when it comes to performing tasks involving memory exercise.
if devi remember names, dates, events, anecdotes or jokes to make a good impression, or for professional needs, then pomegranate juice benefits you over your peers who don't use it!
If you have to take a test (or if your own have to do it) children) in which a memory effort is involved, in addition to the study, also use a glass of pomegranate juice a day for a few weeks and earns IQ points
Benefits of the pomegranate: The anti-obesity effects
... mmmh, the matter gets interesting. Explain everything to me well!
And here we find more than one study that gives the mythical pomegranate real benefits against the enemy of so many: excess fat.
In addition to functions strongly anti-inflammatory, antioxidants e anticancer attributed to the pomegranate, several studies8 9 are accumulating also confirming its role as prevention and contrast of fat accumulation in excess.
Even if the mechanisms of this effect are not very clear today, who cares! ... probably better clarified between 5 or 10 years.
The important thing is that we now know with a certain degree of confidence that this fruit is a more help to stay thin (I need to also say "... according to a varied and balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle ..."?
In particular it seems that for theanti-obesity effect the more effective theoil extracted from seeds10 of pomegranate, which helps in the prevention of obesity induced by high-calorie diet e reduces insulin resistance (which is a phenomenon always associated with obesity).
Another evidence of the improvement of the parameter of theinsulin resistance it also comes from a search11 who evaluated less usual components of the pomegranate fruit (peel, flowers and oil).
Other interesting parameters associated with the health we can see from the research above is that these components of the pomegranate have also reduced the levels of pro-inflammatory molecules (like Interleukin-6 and Factor of Tumor Necrosis) in the blood of tested animals.
So the already known anti-inflammatory effect of pomegranate is also confirmed in this case.
A study emphasizes more specifically than the pomegranate juice activates the expression of genes which synthesize some molecules inserted in the fat metabolism such as hormone-sensitive lipase (an enzyme with the ability to 'digest' fats) and theadiponectin (a hormone that modulates the metabolism of glucose and fatty acids).
This positive interaction of pomegranate juice with fat metabolism resulted in one research12 a reduction in body weight and food consumption.
Advice to take home: Be smart and add some juice pomegranate every day for breakfast.
There are too many positive benefits to underestimate the daily use of this fruit in some of its forms (extract in capsules, fresh fruit or pure juice).
Benefits of the pomegranate: Skin protection (if you love sunbathing)
The pomegranate fruit extract provides a natural protection to skin cells against damage caused by sunlight (GRAPES).
The damage to the skin caused by UVA rays is mainly due to the formation of reactive oxygen species (ROSthat I am particularly dangerous free radicals).
I ROS may cause - in a dose-dependent relationship immunosuppression, photoaging and photocarcinogenesis.
The pomegranate thanks to its concentration of precious antioxidants and with his anti-inflammatory effect has been shown to counteract the negative effects of free radicals induced by exposure to sunlight13.
Note: Also in this case, it is the dose that makes the difference and controlled exposure to sunlight has important positive effects on the mood tone, on the physiological circadian cycle (decreases the tendency toinsomnia) and induces the production of the most precious Vitamin D that today we know to be of great help to the preservation of health (not only of the bones).
With a good dose of pomegranate taken in advance and regularly you have an extra natural protection in your healthy exposure to sunlight.
Benefits of the pomegranate: Anti-wrinkle effect
I found various studies on thepomegranate antiaging efficacy, in particular on the protection of the subcutaneous matrix of the skin, which is what determines the more or less intense presence of wrinkles.
On those layers of cells and tissue below the epidermis the pomegranate extracts showed they could offer one protection against age damage.
Some molecules present in the pomegranate as the delphinidin punicalagina e punicalina have inhibitory action on skin tumors in animal models e reduce inflammation, a fundamental prerequisite for combating skin aging.
These molecules they counteract the degradation (lipid peroxidation) of fats present in cells and protect DNA preventing cell death.
One of the primary needs to slow down the effects of time on the skin is that of reduce inflammation as much as possible epidermis.
This objective is carried out by producing substances that act upstream of the inflammatory process, in the points where inflammatory molecules start to form.
One of the most important molecules in cells that cause inflammation is the enzyme Phospholipase A2, which generates and releases the dreaded outside the cells arachidonic acid.
Although arachidonic acid also plays a physiological role - when it remains within minimum levels - mostly this molecule generates inflammatory processes, which in turn, in addition to accelerate skin aging, create the premises for a lot of other health problems: chronic-degenerative diseases, obesity and related problems.
From studies in this direction, thepomegranate extract looks like one of the most powerful natural inhibitors of Phospholipase A2. This action seems due to theellagic acid, a constituent contained in pomegranate and other foods such as some berries, mushrooms, and nuts.
Ellagic acid has anti-inflammatory potential, anticancer (protects DNA), is a strong antioxidant and in the 2010, one of his was also discovered specific anti-wrinkle action14.
This natural mixture of protective molecules contained in the pomegranate make this fruit one of the best aids for combat the formation of wrinkles both from the inside than from the outside (cosmetics that contain the extract or active ingredients). In addition, there is a specific effect that the pomegranate adds to this already long list.
It is theeffect on the extra-cellular matrix of the skin (composed by collagen, elastin, glycoproteins and proteoglycans), which determines the compactness and smooth appearance of the skin.
Every event that destroys and degrades this extra-cellular matrix (located below the skin), causes a reduction in the quality and beauty of the skin.
In particular, sunlight or solar lamps, age advancement and inflammatory processes, determine one degradation and loss of elasticity of these components under skin and so are formed wrinkles.
In general, antioxidants are the molecules that help to counteract the negative effects on this subcutaneous matrix.
Specifically, a pomegranate extract he was also capable of stimulate collagen synthesis15 (the same effect as cosmetics wrinkle containing peptides, hyaluronic acid and the like).
So, in synergy with a good cosmetic product, if you want to take advantage of it, the pomegranate can help you also from inside a flesh out the skin thanks to more collagen self-production.
Pomegranate juice also showed interesting antiviral potential in various contexts, as in the case of flu viruses, herpes viruses and other more dangerous as HIV (in this case we are dealing with the experimentation of the potential of natural substances in assisting the fight against viruses, not a concrete application possibility, at least for now).
In this context it is nice to know that pomegranate - in addition to all the benefits listed so far - could also play a role of natural cure against some viruses16-17-18, such as flu and herpes.
Obviously it is not recommended to test the effectiveness of the pomegranate by deliberately exposing yourself to a herpetic kiss or to a close sneeze!
Benefits of the pomegranate: Bacterial infections
A pomegranate extract has proven itself19 also useful for defeat different pathogenic bacteria as different species of streptococcus and staphylococcus.
Which, as is well known, are capable under certain conditions of causing a lot of problems. Local application of pomegranate extract therefore also offers some protection against these pathogens.
Benefits of the pomegranate: Antioxidant and anti-aging effect
La antioxidant protection and anti-aging effect they often overlap and pomegranate has an abundance of both.
Let's see, what this super fruit has shown once again in some laboratory studies aimed at reducing oxidative stress and slowing down cellular aging.
- Useful for reduce the symptoms associated with rheumatoid arthritis20 thanks to the antioxidant effect that counteracts oxidative stress and related symptoms.
- Effect of reduction of carotid artery thickening and blood pressure21. The maximum effect in this sense is expressed during a year of use of pomegranate juice, after which the effects are maintained with a regular consumption. Have you ever had a family member who has undergone a specific ultrasound examination to assess the condition of the carotid arteries at neck level?
These arteries are particularly important for the influx of oxygenated blood that guarantees to the brain and they are also a model of the state of obstruction (or health) in general of the arteries. Pomegranate helps keep these blood vessels in good condition of fundamental importance for life.
- Another study22 compared the value ORAC (measurement of the antioxidant power of a food) of 25 several common fruits. The results show the pomegranate in the very first places as cellular antioxidant activity (AAC - antioxidant activity quantified on a cell culture) together with blueberry, blackberry and raspberry berries.
- Numerous other studies done on the pomegranate confirm a general protective effect on various organs, with a capacity of protect against various types of intoxication produced from the range of powerful antioxidants that this fruit possesses. Wherever there is an antioxidant protective effect there is also greater protection against events that accelerate the process cellular aging. Pomegranate helps slow down the aging process and protects from chemical and toxic (toxins), biological (bacteria and viruses) and physical (UV rays) agents, which "push the door of our organism" every day to forcefully disrupt the internal balance.
The mini cycle of articles dedicated to the pomegranate ends. What did you get from this information? yes, the pomegranate is really fantastic and it is also very pleasant to taste.
Sometimes it happens that foods that are good for health are not the best with regards to taste but the pomegranate satisfies the 100% taste and health protection.
Remember that if you want to take advantage of the benefits listed above, don't rely on one pomegranate juice which you can find the bar, because at 99% of the time it will be tremendously diluted with water or other less valuable juices and most likely it will be as well sweetened (which goes in the opposite direction of the benefits you have read).
The best thing you can do is use the fresh and organic fruit (a glass every day of its juice or a couple of fruits).
I use the juice pure and organic of pomegranate every morning for breakfast, half a glass of pomegranate and half of coconut water, it's great to start the day!
Remember that everything you read here is all the more valid the more you follow one really healthy lifestyle.
No one expects a miracle from the use of a single fruit, but we can expect great improvements in the prevention and in the state of health when there is one synergy between nutrition, lifestyle, physical and mental exercise.
In addition of course to all the corrective aids that i natural remedies they can offer when they are needed (and under the guidance of a doctor experienced in natural therapies).
Which, along with the right lifestyle, dramatically increase the chances of living a life without major health problems, indeed with more energy, vitality and good humor compared to the majority of people who do not implement these principles.
Be one wise person and let yourself be guided by common sense and the desire to improve.
Before saying goodbye, a clarification ...
To be fair, it should say "pomegranate juice"(The pomegranate fruit is called pomegranate) and not" pomegranate juice ", as I have done so far. But I made the choice to use the language that most people use.
In fact, Google searches show that around 80% of people look for "pomegranate juice" not "pomegranate juice".
So, even if it is correct to say "pomegranate juice", I take the poetic license and write "pomegranate juice" 🙂
I wish you a vibrant health and well-being!
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2. "Pomegranate extract improves a depressive state and bone properties in menopausal syndrome model ovariectomized mice" by Mori-Okamoto J. et al.
3. "Pomegranate Peel Extract Prevents Bone Loss in a Preclinical Model of Osteoporosis and Stimulates Osteoblastic Differentiation in Vitro" by Spilmont M. and coll.
4. "The effects of pomegranate seed extract and beta-sitosterol on rat uterine contractions" by Promprom W. et al.
5. "Pomegranate juice and punicalagin attenuate oxidative stress and apoptosis in human placenta and human placental trophoblasts" by Chen B. and coll.
6. "Maternal dietary supplementation with pomegranate juice is neuroprotective in an animal model of neonatal hypoxic-ischemic brain injury" by Loren DJ. and coll.
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14. "Dietary compound ellagic acid alleviates skin wrinkle and inflammation induced by UV-B irradiation" by Bae JY et al.
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16. "Time-dependent effects of pomegranate juice and pomegranate polyphenols on foodborne viral reduction" by Su X.
17. "Genetic diversity-independent neutralization of pandemic viruses (eg HIV), potentially pandemic (eg H5N1 strain of influenza) and carcinogenic (eg HBV and HCV) viruses and possible agents of bioterrorism (variola) by enveloped virus neutralizing compounds (EVNCs) ”By Kotwal GJ.
18. “Influenza virus variation in susceptibility to inactivation by pomegranate polyphenols is determined by envelope glycoproteins” by Sundararajan A. et al.
19. "Antibacterial and antifungal activities of punica granatum peel extracts against oral pathogens" by Abdollahzadeh Sh. and coll.
20. "Consumption of pomegranate decreases serum oxidative stress and reduces activity in patients with active rheumatoid arthritis: a pilot study" by Balbir-Gurman A. et al.
21. "Pomegranate juice consumption for 3 years by patients with carotid artery stenosis reduce common carotid intimate-media thickness, blood pressure and LDL oxidation" by Aviram M. et al.
22. 'Cellular antioxidant activity of common fruits "by Wolfe KL and coll.
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