Pomegranate (Punicagranatum) is one of the first cultivated fruits known to man, native to the Middle East, but now grown in many areas around the world. The different forms of pomegranate are made from high quality pomegranate fruit.
Pomegranate Juice Concentrate: Pomegranate Juice Concentrate is made from the juicy seeds, known as arils that are removed and pressed. The pressed juice is then further concentrated. The seeds and red pulp of the fruit contain a variety of phytonutrients including punicalagins that act as antioxidants.
Pomegranate Extract Powder: The pomegranate fruits are washed, extracted, concentrated, and spray-dried to a fine powder. The extract is water soluble and standardized to punicosides, natural compounds with potent antioxidant activity.
Pomegranate has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.1,2 Pomegranate may increase insulin sensitivity and reduce blood cholesterol levels and blood pressure.1,3 Pomegranate consumption may reduce inflammation, oxidative stress, systolic blood pressure, lipid levels, and risk of cardiovascular diseases, especially atherosclerosis, in patients with hemodialysis.4-6 Pomegranate may also reduce blood glucose levels in individuals with type 2 diabetes.7
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