I love a cool glass of pomegranate juice. It tastes delicious and, unlike a can of soda, it provides plenty of antioxidants. Now researchers have found the fruit may reduce inflammation, which has been linked to several conditions like heart disease, osteoporosis and Alzheimer’s.
A recent study released in the Journal of Inflammation, showed that a polyphenol-rich pomegranate fruit extract can prevent the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines (molecules used in cellular communication.) In the study, researchers incubated isolated cells with pomegranate extract. If the fruit has the same anti-inflammatory effect on humans, it may offer possible relief for arthritis sufferers, according to researchers. Supporting studies also indicate antioxidants may have a powerful effect in reducing the risk of prostate cancer.