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Superfood pomegranate: why the juice is so good for the brain

Thanks to the antioxidants it contains, pomegranate is one of the healthiest fruits ever - a vitamin-rich superfood that is great as a topping in salads, with quark and pancakes or as a juice.

As studies show, the juice can not only strengthen the immune system, prevent cardiovascular diseases and lower cholesterol - it also protects the brain.

This positive effect is due to the particularly high content of so-called polyphenols, a group of secondary plant substances.

Polyphenols protect the brain

Polyphenols have powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and, as a 2017 study abstract shows, can help with diseases that affect the brain.

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The phytochemicals are contained in many foods and beverages such as nuts, berries and teas, but pomegranate juice is a particularly rich source.

It has long been known that the molecules cross the blood-brain barrier. In studies with animals, they showed a protective effect against neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and Huntington's.

Accordingly, the regular consumption of pomegranate seeds can protect the gray cells from chronic damaging factors and thus be effective against these diseases.

Protection even for the unborn

A study by the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston further investigated the effects of pomegranate juice and found that regular consumption can protect even the brains of unborn babies.

71 pregnant women took part in the study, and their unborn babies had abnormal fetal retardation (IUGR).

The result: pomegranate juice noticeably improved the networking of brain cells and the general brain development of the unborn.

This is especially important for unborn babies at risk from IUGR, as they are only insufficiently supplied with oxygen and nutrients.

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Better networking in the brain

At birth, the baby's blood flow and oxygen supply can be further reduced - the brain is also affected.

If this is too severe, it can lead to a so-called hypoxic-ischemic injury, which accounts for almost a quarter of all deaths in newborns. It turned out that the consumption of pomegranate juice by expectant mothers can have a life-saving protective function.

“We saw an improvement in the 'cable network' and in brain development, measured by the synchronous blood flow and the visual development of the brain,” the researchers sum up their results.

Pomegranate: Consume fresh daily

Regardless of whether it is for you or your unborn child: Drinking a glass of pomegranate juice regularly has a number of health benefits.

In addition to promoting a healthy brain, the juice protects against blood vessel clogging, helps with weight loss, increases libido and is an effective anti-aging agent. If that isn't enough of a reason for a glass of juice every day!

Of course, the kernels can also be used as a delicious topping for various dishes such as salads, pancakes or yoghurts. A standard lemon squeezer is suitable for squeezing.

The only important thing is to attach importance to fresh fruit or high-quality juice without added sugar, as from naturi.me or Rabenhorst, and to pay attention to organic quality.

FIT FOR FUN recipes with pomegranate

Whether as a topping for sweet potato pancakes or as a salad ingredient - pomegranate is that special extra. The small sour kernels give an extra crunch. This should not be missed. Good Appetite!

Recipe: Crunchy Quinoa Salad with Pistachios and Pomegranate

Tejada, S. (2017): Neuroprotective Effects of Ellagitannins: A Brief Review, accessed on September 8, 2020 https://www.ingentaconnect.com/contentone/ben/cdt/2017/00000018/00000013/art00007
Brigham and Women's Hospital (2019): Can pomegranate juice protect the infant brain ?, accessed on September 8, 2020 https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/08/190821142719.htm
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