The pomegranate: a fruit to discover
Pomegranate is a fruit that contains antioxidants and numerous anti-inflammatory substances. Pomegranate juices have a number of unique properties, with a beneficial action that can help prevent cancer and other pathologies; this fruit provides large amounts of vitamin C, improves digestive health and reduces insulin resistance.
Sicily is a land where this plant finds the best climate to grow and generate high quality fruits. Marco Colzani works these fruits by hand and produces a juice with a truly incredible taste.
According to a recent study, drinking just two glasses of pomegranate juice a day lowers blood pressure, improves cholesterol and cleans plaques from arteries – all good news for the heart.
At breakfast, during the snack or at any time of the day, pomegranate juices are ideal for cooling off and recharging your batteries.On hot summer days, sweetness and nutrients help fight fatigue.
However, you do not always have time to prepare pomegranate juice yourself. Even if you have state-of-the-art juicers, sometimes you may want to get pomegranate juices ready to relax. In these cases the best choice falls on ready-made juices, but we recommend you to focus on quality.
The benefits of pomegranate juices
1. Antioxidant effects
Pomegranate is rich in polyphenols, powerful antioxidants that help reduce ROS, which is a free radical produced by our body during metabolism and other processes.
Exposure to toxins, such as tobacco smoke, can also increase levels of ROS which causes cell damage and inflammation. Oxidative stress can contribute to metabolic diseases, cancer, and other health problems.
The antioxidants present in pomegranate juices help remove ROS from the body and protect you from damage and premature aging.
2. Nutrient enhancement
Pomegranate contains many nutrients and is a good source of: vitamin E, which is an antioxidant, vitamin K, essential for blood clotting, and magnesium, which helps manage blood pressure and glucose levels.
3. Prevention of various pathologies
The U.S. National Institutes of Health lists pomegranate as one of the natural remedies that can help treat or prevent cancer. Pomegranate polyphenols may help prevent the growth of cancer cells linked to prostate cancer in the breast, lungs and skin.
The researchers also suggest that pomegranate may play a role in treating Alzheimer’s disease, thanks to its polyphenols.
4. Benefits for memory
Drinking pomegranate juice every day can improve learning and memory.
In a study conducted in the United States, 32 people consumed pomegranate juice or another beverage for 8 weeks. After 4 weeks, those who consumed pomegranate showed better scores on memory tests, with greater brain activity monitored during these tests.
In addition, blood tests showed increased antioxidant activity.
5. Endurance and sports performance
The compounds found in pomegranate may help improve sports performance and aid post-exercise recovery.
6. An aid in weight loss
Pomegranate juices help fight obesity and overweight without side effects.
There’s no evidence that juice dissolves fat, but it’s healthier than sugar-laden drinks.
Pomegranate juice will help you consume fewer calories than a carbonated drink, thus preventing weight gain, but with great satisfaction of the palate.
A series of benefits not bad for a fruit that has a decidedly exquisite flavor and is so pleasant to consume.
Pomegranate in the kitchen
Pomegranate juices can also be used as ingredients to prepare numerous recipes; First you can mix them with other fruits to create delicious smoothies. One of the most popular combinations is with blueberries, but you can safely use your imagination and experiment.
They can also be used to prepare both alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails, depending on the preferences of each.
Pomegranate juices are used to prepare sweet and savory dishes or to make sauces that accompany meat and vegetables. On the net you can find numerous recipes that also include preparations based on fish and pomegranate juices.
For example, a salmon glazed with pomegranate with oranges, olives and herbs, or tuna escalopes with parsley and pomegranate sauce. Or if you are vegetarian you can throw yourself on roasted pumpkin with chestnuts and pomegranate or on a cauliflower salad with yogurt and pomegranate sauce. There really is something for all tastes and for every type of diet.
The juice of Marco Colzani’s artisan workshop of 220ML is ideal for this type of use, since it is prepared by carefully selecting the best fruits, to give you an ideal product to drink as it is, but also perfect to be used in your recipes.