Well here we are again back looking at each of the 21 super fruits – nutrients in the Freelife Jule of the Orient Jiaogulan tonic. Tonight we feature the Pomegranate fruit. Pomegranates are now used in a number of health products due to studies showing that the fruit contains a high amount of antioxidants that are beneficial to our health in numerous ways. Just one more nutrient that shows why Jule of the Orient truly is such an outstanding product.
Pomegranates are originally from Asia and the Middle East, the pomegranate fruit is also known as the Chinese apple and by the name Granada. Today the pomegranate fruit is largely grown is India, Africa and the United States. The pomegranate fruit grows best in hot climate areas.
A little American history – Thomas Jefferson planted pomegranates at his home in Monticello in 1771.
Pomegranates are a great source of vitamin C, vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid), and potassium, and pomegranate juice contains antioxidants polyphenols that will help to protect your blood lipids from oxidation.
The most abundant polyphenols in pomegranate juice are the hydrolyzable tannins called punicalagins which have free-radical scavenging properties in laboratory experiments.
Other phytochemicals contained in pomegranates include polyphenols catechins, gallocatechins, and anthocyanins, which is a valuable antioxidant..
The ORAC score or antioxidant capacity of pomegranate juice has been measured at 2,860 units per 100 grams.
In addition, pomegranate juice, like aspirin, can help keep blood platelets from clumping together to form unwanted clots.
Recent research has found that eight ounces of pomegranate juice daily for three months improved the amount of oxygen getting to the heart muscle.
There is evidence to suggest that pomegranates may also support healthy joints.
The astringent qualities of the pomegranate flower juice, rind and tree bark are considered valuable for a variety of purposes. They have been used for toning skin, (after blending with mustard oil) and even firming-up sagging breasts.