Pomegranates – The Fountain of Youth?

Pomegranates taste good, but will they really make me look younger? I decided to stop wondering about the hype and actually do some research to get some answers. Here’s what I found out about this interesting little fruit, enjoy!

Pomegranates – The Fountain of Youth?

Photo credit: Canida

Where do pomegranates come from?

The term pomegranate comes from the Latin phrase pomum granatum, which means “apple of many seeds.” The pomegranate is a small fruit-bearing tree that originated in Persia. It is one of the world’s first cultivated fruits.

What are the health benefits of pomegranates?

Pomegranates have been valued for their nutritional benefits for more than 4000 years. They have been called the “miracle fruit.” Their health benefits include:

  • Prevents cancer
  • Supports immune system
  • Prevents heart disease
  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Lowers blood pressure, reducing the risk of heart attacks, strokes, & kidney disease
  • Relieves stress
  • Improves sex life
  • Improves depression symptoms
  • Increases bone mass

Do pomegranates help with anti-aging?

Yes, a glass of pomegranate juice a day helps keep the wrinkles away! In November 2011, researchers at the ProbelteBio Laboratory in Murcia, Spain discovered that pomegranates slow down the aging process of DNA. This study examined the pomegranate’s rich supply of antioxidants, which prevent age-related cell damage. Subjects were given an extract of whole pomegranate fruit in a capsule form daily for one month. Researchers then found a significant decrease in a specific marker (8-Oxo-DG) linked to cell damage. This marker can have numerous detrimental effects, including aging of the skin. This decrease slows down the natural oxidation (or “rusting”) of DNA in cells that occurs over time. The lead researcher, Dr. Sergio Streitenberger, concluded “the study demonstrates that regular consumption of this new pomegranate extract can slow down the process of DNA oxidation.”

Pomegranates – The Fountain of Youth?

HOW do pomegranates help with anti-aging?

The pomegranate is the most powerful antioxidant of all the fruits. Pomegranate juice has almost three times the antioxidant potency of green tea or red wine. Antioxidants neutralize damage from free radicals, which are highly reactive chemical substances that damage the body’s cells. These chemical substances have been linked to accelerated aging and major degenerative illnesses.

The pomegranate is the best anti-aging food for softening the skin because it is loaded with vitamin C, which helps protect skin from the wrinkling effects of sun damage. Pomegranate juice contains ellagic acid, which fights free radical damage. This juice also contains punicalagin, a supernutrient that increases the body’s ability to preserve collagen, which makes skin look plump and smooth.

How much pomegranate should I eat?

Jackie Newgent, a nutritionist based in New York City, recommends eating 1 cup of pomegranate seeds every week.

Pomegranates – The Fountain of Youth?

This week I made a delicious spinach salad with pomegranate seeds, after watching a helpful tutorial on how to cut a pomegranate.  Thank you to my dear husband who patiently waited to eat dinner while I photographed the pomegranate seeds and salad!

Spinach and kale are the best anti-aging foods for firming the skin because they contain phytonutrients, or antioxidant compounds, which help protect skin from damage caused by the sun. Spinach is packed with beta-carotene and lutein, two nutrients that improve elasticity of the skin. Newgent recommends eating 3 cups of spinach or kale every week.

After doing some research, I have concluded that pomegranates really are the fountain of youth!

Do YOU like pomegranates? Please share your favourite recipe ideas!

References:

  • Cohen, Tamara. “Pomegranate helps fight heart disease, relieves stress and improves sex life – now it’s nature’s elixir of youth, claims study”, Dailymail.co.uk, November 11, 2011.
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  • Hazell, Kyrsty. “Drinking Pomegranate Juice Slows The Ageing Process, Says Study”, HuffingtonPost.co.uk, November 11, 2011.
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  • Magee, Elaine. “Pomegranate Power – Colorful, delicious fruit packs a powerful antioxidant punch”, WebMD.com, accessed October 25, 2013.
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  • Z News. “Pomegranate juice good for kidney disease patients”, ZeeNews.india.com, November 13, 2011.

17 thoughts on “Pomegranates – The Fountain of Youth?

  1. I loved this! I have never eaten a fresh pomegranate, just drink the juice I really want to try the lovely looking salad though. Great post! x

    • Thank you!! The seeds add a nice texture and flavour to salad. It’s cheaper too to buy a pomegranate and cut it open than to buy the juice. It’s a bit labour intensive, but worth the effort! I wish I’d seen that tutorial years ago! 🙂

    • Thank you Koko! I always thought of pomegranates as a fun treat once in a while because they’re a bit labour intensive to eat, but much easier now after watching that tutorial on how to cut one. 😉

  2. I used to love eating “Chinese Apples” while walking home from junior high school – way back then. I need to start buying them again especially if they are a good anti-aging fruit. Tell hubby thanks and thank you for sharing this information!

  3. Wow…most amazing post…so well researched, creatively drafted, and deliciously served…loved your writing style and presentation…just had a glass full of pomegrante juice this morning…thinking of making it a weekly ritual after reading your entry…

    • Thanks very much Anshulika! I’m glad you liked it. I really enjoyed doing the research, learning more about it, and figuring out how to serve it up. Glad to hear you are thinking about making pomegranate juice a weekly ritual! 🙂

  4. I can tell the difference when I drink a cup of pomegranate juice daily. After several days, my skin glows more and I have less puffiness under my eyes and random people start calling me “young lady”. I’m 31.

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