This Pomegranate Juice powder is certified Organic.
The Pomegranate Fruit is included among a novel category of exotic plant sources called Superfruits. The term "superfruit" refers to a fruit having exceptional nutrient richness and antioxidant quality with appealing taste.
Pomegranate is high in three different types of polyphenols, a potent form of antioxidants. The three types - ellagic acid, tannins and anthocyanins - are present in many fruits, but pomegranate powder contains particularly high amounts of all three. It is also high in vitamin C and potassium and is a good source of the B vitamin, pantothenic acid, potassium and antioxidant polyphenols. It is also a good source of fiber and low in calories.
The most abundant polyphenols in pomegranate juice are the tannins called punicalagins shown in 39 research publications over the years 1990-2007 to have potent free-radical scavenging ability in laboratory studies. Antioxidant punicalagins absorb into the human body after consumption of pomegranate extracts and an ex vivo study of human plasma after consumption of a pomegranate extract indicated an average 32% increase in plasma antioxidant capacity. Many pomegranate extracts are essentially ellagic acid which absorbs into the body after parent molecule punicalagins are broken down during digestion
Our Organic Pomegranate Juice powder is made from the juice of the pomegranate arils (the fleshy blood-red seed casings) which are the source of much of the nutrients in the fruit and responsible for many of the significant health benefits.
Using Our Organic Pomegranate Juice Powder
Our Organic Pomegranate Juice powder which is naturally sweet can be made into a nutritious and flavorful juice by using 3 teaspoons per 8oz of water. It also blends well with cereals, ice creams, juices, milks, yogurts, pies, cakes, smoothies, cookie fillings and desserts, can be made into water-ice bars and can be added to a variety of recipes. 2-3 tsps per day is the suggested use of the powder for this purpose.
In preliminary laboratory research and human pilot studies, the juice of the pomegranate has been found effective in reducing heart disease risk factors, including LDL oxidation, macrophage oxidative status, and foam cell formation, all of which are steps in atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease. Tannins such as punicalagins have been identified as the primary components responsible for the reduction of oxidative stress which led to these risk factors. Pomegranate has been shown to reduce systolic blood pressure by inhibiting serum angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE).
Metabolites of pomegranate juice ellagitannins localize specifically in the prostate gland, colon and intestinal tissues of mice, leading to speculation that pomegranate juice may be effective against prostate cancer and osteoarthritis. In 2007, five clinical trials in the United States and Norway were conducted to examine the effects of pomegranate juice consumption on parameters of prostate cancer or prostatic hyperplasia, diabetes or lymphoma. The studies have not yet finished, but interim reports released to the public media were that pomegranate juice may slow onset or development of prostate cancer.
Containing polyphenols which inhibit estrogen synthesis, pomegranate seed oil was effective against proliferation of breast cancer cells in vitro. The juice may also have antiviral and antibacterial effects against dental plaque.
About the Pomegranate Plant
The Pomegranate plant (Punica granatum) is a fruit-bearing deciduous shrub or small tree growing to 15–25 ft tall. The pomegranate originated from Persia and then became native to a vast region ranging from Asia to the whole Mediterranean region and the Caucasus since ancient times. The pomegranate has appeared in myths, legends, art and history for centuries. Associated with health and rebirth, it is known as one of the earliest cultivated fruits, dating back to 2000 B.C. and is still a fruit of fascination today for the health benefits being discovered these days.