08 July, 2011
Health Facts About Pomegranate Blueberry Juice
Pomegranate blueberry juice can be a healthy addition to any diet. A serving of this juice can count as one of a person's five servings a day for fruits and vegetables, as long as you choose a variety that is 100 percent juice, which can make it easier for for you to fulfill the recommended fruit and vegetable servings. However, proponents claim that this juice has many other health benefits.
Pomegranate juice and blueberry juice are both good sources of antioxidants, vitamin C and vitamin K. Pomegranate juice is also a good source of folic acid and copper, and blueberry juice is a good source manganese. Combining these two juices provides the benefits of both fruits in one juice. However, most pomegranate blueberry juices that you buy in the store will have various concentrations of apple and grape juice as well to make the juice less strong tasting, which will minimize the vitamin levels to some extent, other than vitamin C.
Scientists are researching the many possible benefits of pomegranate and blueberry juices. They suspect many of the benefits are due to the high levels of antioxidants present in these juices. The findings are promising in some areas, including for memory loss, heart disease, cholesterol and some cancers. Blueberry juice could help to prevent memory loss according to a 2010 study by the University of Cincinnati researcher Robert Krikorian, who reported in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry that the study showed a “significant improvement on learning and memory tests” among those who drank blueberry juice. Pomegranate juice could help improve lipid profiles and lower cholesterol, according to a study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food in 2004. And a study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry in 2004 showed promising results for wild blueberry components inhibiting cancer, although this research has not reached the stage of human trials.
Eating whole fruits and vegetables is healthier than drinking their juice, because then you get the beneficial fiber that these foods contain, which makes them more filling than drinking just the juice. Blueberries have 84 calories and 4 grams of fiber per 148-gram serving, and pomegranates have 234 calories and 11 grams of fiber per 282-gram serving, compared to the juice, which has between 110 and 150 calories and no fiber for an 8-oz. serving of most varieties with 100 percent juice. Those who prefer to drink the juice should choose varieties that are made from 100 percent fruit juice with no added sugars.
You can make your own juice using fresh pomegranates and blueberries. The pomegranate juice comes from the seeds of the fruit, which you crush and mix with the juice from crushed blueberries. Fresh juice will last up to three days in the refrigerator. Grocery stores also sell ready-made versions of this juice, including options that have other fruit or vegetable juices mixed in as well.
Although pomegranate blueberry juice is a healthy juice option, other fruits and fruit juices can provide the same nutrients. You should not consider pomegranate blueberry juice to be a cure for any medical condition. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, more study is needed on the benefits of pomegranate juice with regards to disease prevention and cure, and those who are taking ACE inhibitors, blood pressure medication or statins should speak with their doctor about drinking pomegranate juice due to possible drug interactions.
- Telegraph.co.uk: Daily Pint of Blueberry Juice 'Could Help Stop Memory Loss' Study Suggests
- "Journal of Medicinal Food": Concentrated Pomegranate Juice Improves Lipid Profiles in Diabetic Patients with Hyperlipidemia
- "Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry": Effective Separation of Potent Antiproliferation...
- University of Maryland Medical Center: Pomegranate
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