Pregnant? Have a glass of pomegranate juice!
Pomegranate juice has the highest antioxidant content, activity and protective benefits of eight different beverages tested, according to a study conducted by researchers from Center for Human Nutrition at the University of California-Los Angeles' David Geffen School of Medicine, and published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.
It also has more anti-oxidative power than red wine, green tea and blueberry juice. The seeds from a pomegranate contains a number of flavonoids, including isoflavones with estrogenic capabilities. Flavonoids are compounds found in fruits, vegetables, and certain beverages that have a large number of beneficial biochemical and antioxidant effects.
Studies all around the world have been conducted on the health benefits of pomegranate juice. According to researchers, expectant mothers who are at risk of having a baby with a premature birth may want to consider drinking pomegranate juice to help reduce the risk of their baby having a brain injury caused by low oxygen and reduced blood flow. Studies also show that women who drink pomegranate juice have had relief from hot flashes and other menopausal problems.
Pomegranate juice is also a great source for folic acid which is needed for the healthy development of babies. Folic acid is a necessary component in the formation of red blood cells and DNA. Women with higher folic acid levels during early pregnancy were more likely to have healthier babies.
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