Amazing Pomegranates - Healthier Than Red Wine!
In recent years Pomegranates and their juice have been shown to contain a number of powerful antioxidants including polyphenols and anthocyanidins, which help prevent free radicals from disrupting proper circulatory function. Of note is the polyphenol Ellagic acid that has been shown in several studies to help support the life span of healthy cells.
Consequently its main health benefits are as an anti-viral, a treatment for cancer, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, gastro intestinal problems, ulcers, for liver and kidney disorders and to help correct erectile dysfunction (ED).
Impotence: Pomegranate helps the deposition of nitric oxide in the penile region, thereby improving blood supply. Research in the International Journal of Impotence Research finds drinking approx 250mls of pure pomegranate juice daily can help the management of ED & impotence. The study examined efficacy of pomegranate juice vs. a placebo in improving erections in 61 male subjects.
For 4 weeks they drank pomegranate juice with their evening meal or shortly after. At the end of each 4-week period, efficacy was assessed using the International Index of Erectile Function and Global Assessment Questionnaires. 47% of subjects reported their erections improved.
The Important Bits
Ellagic acid itself is not readily absorbed by the body and needs its co-factors to be of real use to our body. Punicalagins, another polyphenol only found in Pomegranate, fortunately convert to bio-available Ellagic acid enabling absorption rates up to 95%.
When selecting a pomegranate product, only use one that stipulates it is rich in Punicalagins. Each tablet contains 200mg of pomegranate extract standardised to 40% Ellagic acid and 30% Punicalagins, the highest specification available and one tablet contains as many of the polyphenols and anthocyanidins as 25mls of pure pomegranate juice, at a fraction of the cost!