Review: POM Wonderful
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Jul 30 2010

Review: POM Wonderful

Late last year I wrote a review on POM Wonderful juice. At the time I had only sampled the 100% pomegranate juice, but now I have received some samples of the pomegranate blueberry juice. The pomegranate blueberry juice is 100% juice made up of 86% pomegranate and 14% blueberry juices. The juice has become very popular within the past year or so due to all of the health hype about pomegranates & pomegranate juice. I decided to look into these health benefits to see what I could find out. Here is some information from Health Diaries:

Pomegranate juice has become popular in the past few years, but does it really live up to the hype? It looks like it.

Several recent studies have shown significant potential health benefits from drinking pomegranate juice.

11 Benefits of Pomegranate Juice

Pomegranate juice has become popular in the past few years, but does it really live up to the hype? It looks like it.

Several recent studies have shown significant potential health benefits from drinking pomegranate juice. Here are eleven:

Fights Breast Cancer
Studies in Israel show that pomegranate juice destroys breast cancer cells while leaving healthy cells alone. It may also prevent breast cancer cells from forming.

Lung Cancer Prevention
Studies in mice show that pomegranate juice may inhibit the development of lung cancer.

Slows Prostate Cancer
It slowed the growth of prostate cancer in mice.

Keeps PSA Levels Stable
In a study of 50 men who had undergone treatment for prostate cancer, 8 ounces of pomegranate juice per day kept PSA levels stable, reducing the need for further treatment such as chemotherapy or hormone therapy.

Protects the Neonatal Brain
Studies show that maternal consumption of pomegranate juice may protect the neonatal brain from damage after injury.

Prevention of Osteoarthritis
Several studies indicate that pomegranate juice may prevent cartilage deterioration.

Protects the Arteries
It prevents plaque from building up in the arteries and may reverse previous plaque buildup.

Alzheimer’s Disease Prevention
It may prevent and slow Alzheimer’s disease. In one study, mice bred to develop Alzheimer’s disease were given pomegranate juice. They accumulated significantly less amyloid plaque than control mice and they performed mental tasks better.

Lowers Cholesterol
It lowers LDL (bad cholesterol) and raises HDL (good cholesterol).

Lowers Blood Pressure
One study showed that drinking 1.7 ounces of pomegranate juice per day lowered systolic blood pressure by as much as 5 percent.

Dental Protection
Research suggests that drinking pomegranate juice may be a natural way to prevent dental plaque.

While POM Wonderful had some health information on their site, I wanted information that was not being put out there by a company that is selling the product, if that makes sense. The information does seem promising, though.

POM Wonderful is the only company that grows, harvests, processes, and ships their own pomegranates. Did you know it takes 9 years for a pomegranate tree to reach full maturity? Click here for a video to see the process from tree to juice. They have also provided over $34 million dollars for scientific research on POM products around the globe.

We have really been enjoying both the original & the blueberry pomegranate juices. They are great for drinking alone or adding to seltzer or even vodka & seltzer! I used the POM Wonderful last year to make cranberry sauce at Thanksgiving to rave reviews. Now I plan on coming up with some new recipes with the blueberry pomegranate or try one out from the POM recipe site.

I am eyeing these Pomegranate Cheesecake Shots, Acorn Squash with Spicy POM Glaze or POM Blue Smoothie (using the Blueberry Pomegranate juice and almond milk). All of the above recipes are naturally gluten-free – just the way I like them. 🙂

Article Written by:

Kimberly Bouldin is a gluten-free wife, runner & blogger with two children in Columbus, Ohio. After her celiac diagnosis in 2006, she has made it her mission to embrace an entirely new approach to nutrition in a gluten-free world, exploring options that run the gamut from "made from scratch" homemade bread to sampling and reviewing the gluten-free prepared foods that are continuously being introduced to the market. While navigating the waters of becoming gluten-free, Kim shares her experiences and passes along valuable product reviews in addition to helping other moms of celiac kids develop healthy menus that are kid-friendly and palatable. Kimberly is a valuable resource for those who are newly diagnosed, as well as for the more seasoned gluten-free veterans. Follow Kim on Twitter!

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