The Virtues of Pomegranate

NYBC’s buyers’ co-op stocks Pomegranate Juice Concentrate (Jarrow) Each bottle, 12 oz (355 ml) of 100% pomegranate juice concentrate. This concentrate is really thick, so you are getting a lot of the pomegranate in a bottle!

Pomegranate is one of Nature’s most powerful sources of antioxidants, with an antioxidant power greater than that of blueberries and strawberries. Various studies suggest that pomegranate’s antioxidants may help to improve the level of glutathione in cells. (Glutathione is sometimes called the “master antioxidant” for its role in controlling many damaging inflammatory responses in the body.) Specifically, pomegranate may support blood vessel health and counteract the oxidative processes of atherosclerosis (“hardening of the arteries”)

A related product: Cardio-Edge (Douglas Labs). This combination supplement was devised by Douglas Labs following recent research attention to “plant sterols” and other botanical substances that can support healthy cholesterol levels. Cardio-Edge also includes pomegranate (for support of cardiovascular health, as mentioned above), and Sytrinol (a proprietary extract obtained from citrus and palm fruits).

Reference: Aviram M, Rosenblat M, Gaitini D, et al. Pomegranate juice consumption for 3 years by patients with carotid artery stenosis reduces common carotid intima-media thickness, blood pressure and LDL oxidation. Clinical Nutrition 2004; 23:423-233.

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New at NYBC: Daily Five, Vegetarian Enzymes, Pomegranate Concentrate

NYBC recently added to its list of food-based supplements by stocking Daily Five from Jarrow. This is a blend of high quality, organic (USDA seal) fruits and vegetables, rich in antioxidants such as proanthocyanidins. Ingredients include apple, carrot, raspberry, strawberry, cranberry, blueberry, beet powder acerola powder, broccoli and spinach. In addition, each scoop includes organic flax seed powder and a blend of organic barley grass, wheat grass and oat bran powders.

Read more at the NYBC entry Daily Five.

NYBC is also stocking a vegetarian formula digestive enzyme, Jarro-Zymes Vegetarian Enzymes. To aid digestion, this formulation contains the enzymes that help break down fats (lipase), proteins (protease), sugars and starches (amylase), as well as alpha galactosidase (sugars) and peptidases (proteins).

Read more at the NYBC entry Jarro-Zymes Vegetarian Enzymes.

Also among new products at NYBC: Pomegranate Juice Concentrate. This is one of the most powerful sources of antioxidants, with an ORAC higher than blueberries and strawberries and concentrated to a level of 4 times that of ordinary pomegranate juice…it is thick (mix with water or juice)! The antioxidants found in the juice include ellagic and gallic acid, anthocyanins and tannins, and punicalagin (the most powerful). Various studies suggest that this may help to improve the level of glutathione in cells, particularly macrophages. It may have benefit for maintaining platelet levels, lowering LDL and sustaining vascular tone. NOTE: Pomegranate juice, like grapefruit juice, may interact with a number of medications. People on meds like anti-hypertensive or statins, or people who are allergic to many plants, should consult their physician before taking.

Read more at the NYBC entry Pomegranate Juice Concentrate.

Pomegranate Juice

Pomegranate juice has become a very popular new drink among the health-conscious in the last few years. Indeed there is an interesting body of research about this fruit, including indications that it may help lower “bad [LDL] cholesterol,” or that it may slow progression of prostate cancer. One caution, however: pomegranate juice may interact with certain drugs, in particular blood pressure-lowering drugs. For that reason, it’s advisable for anyone taking prescription drugs to consult with their health care provider before adding pomegranate juice to their daily routine.

NYBC stocks a pomegranate juice concentrate, which can be mixed with other beverages. Using a concentrate such as this can be significantly less costly than buying the well-known juice brands from your local grocery or health food store.

Here’s the basic NYBC entry:

Pomegranate Juice CONCENTRATE (Jarrow) Each bottle, 12 oz (355 ml) of 100% pomegranate juice concentrate. This is one of the most powerful sources of antioxidants, superior even to blueberries and strawberries. Derived from a California variety, this juice is concentrated to a level of 4 times that of ordinary pomegranate juice…it is thick! The antioxidants found in the juice include ellagic and gallic acid, anthocyanins and tannins, and punicalagin. Punicalagin is perhaps the most powerful. Various studies suggest that this may help to improve the level of glutathione in cells (see the entries on NAC and glutathione), particularly macrophages. It may have benefit for maintaining platelet levels, lowering LDL and sustaining vascular tone.

You can read more in the full entry:

Pomegranate Juice Concentrate (Jarrow)