Pomegranate juice is obtained through the cold pressing of this delicious fruit. Considered by many to be a powerful natural remedy against many diseases, let’s find out together what are the benefits of pomegranate juice and its contraindications.
By squeezing the pomegranate arils you get a delicious juice, rich in beneficial properties for our health. You can buy it in stores or prepare it directly at home.
Homemade pomegranate juice is undoubtedly better because it is pure and very fresh. These two points are essential if we want to absorb all the nutrients of the fruit, the preservatives and sugars added by some companies in fact, would alter its properties.
How to make pomegranate juice
All you need is a ripe pomegranate and a citrus squeezer or pomegranate squeezer. The juice is extracted as from an orange or a lemon. You just have to take a few extra precautions because its red juice creates stains that won’t come off, including cutting board and clothes.
Remove the crown with the knife and then cut the peel from one side to the other up to the white area, being careful not to cut the arils that are used to create the juice. Open the pomegranate starting from the cuts you made to divide it into two parts and squeeze. You can thus enjoy a delicious and healthy pure pomegranate juice. Generally, to obtain a quantity of a full glass, 2 medium-sized pomegranates are recommended.
As an alternative to the citrus squeezer, you can make pomegranate juice with a juice extractor. In this case it is sufficient to open the fruit, extract the beans and put them inside the extractor. If you like a less sour taste, you can add a small apple, which will make the pomegranate juice less tart and more sweet.
Benefits of pomegranate juice
Thanks to the ellagic acid present in the pomegranate juice, it is possible to counteract and prevent the Tenia Solium, commonly referred to as the tapeworm, which comes into contact with our intestine mainly due to the consumption of undercooked pork.
Pomegranate juice has attracted the interest of many people mainly because it seems to be able to fight cancer cells, leading to their death. This action is given by ellagic acid and flavonoids, antioxidant substances present in pomegranate juice. Not a simple theory, but a real scientific study published in Translational Oncology. It has a preventive action especially against lung, prostrate, breast and skin cancers.
A study in which it was highlighted how pomegranate juice can protect the liver from any harmful agents. It also has the same positive action against the kidneys.
The constant intake of pomegranate juice acts on the cardiovascular system, counteracting both arterial thickening and the formation of atherosclerotic plaques. It increases good cholesterol in the blood, fights infections and helps keep blood pressure low.
Positive effects in daily life
The benefits of pomegranate juice can be found every day. Helps to combat diarrhea thanks to its astringent power, strengthens the immune system against seasonal ailments and allergies. It also seems like a natural drink that is perfect for counteracting anxiety and depression.
In fact, let’s consider that pomegranate is rich in vitamin C, much more than orange and any other fruit. For this reason it is ideal for fighting flu states. It is also important to know that pomegranate juice protects the body from skin cancers, counteracting the harmful action of UV rays on the epidermis and promotes tanning.
The pure juice protects the teeth from caries and performs a similar function on the gastric mucosa, purifying it from any bacteria.
Contraindications of pomegranate juice
Pomegranate juice has more or less serious side effects. In particular, according to some in vitro studies, it seems that pomegranate can interfere with antidepressant drugs, however no cases of interaction are yet known. It can also interfere with high blood pressure and anti-inflammatory medications.
The contraindications of pomegranate are not limited to this specific field. In fact, it seems that even a disproportionate use of the fruit (especially if not organic) can lead to intoxication. The most common side effects to date have been cases of headache, drowsiness, some difficulty in breathing and a sense of dizziness. Each of you then, will have to take into account the possible (and personal) allergic reactions towards a specific food.
If you have any doubts or have noticed that side effects have occurred after taking a drug and pomegranate juice immediately afterwards, report this to your doctor and ask him for advice. In some cases, it would be good to limit the intake of this drink to well-established cycles and during specific times of the day.