Pomegranates have been found to be one of the most antioxidant-rich fruits in the world, and a new studies have demonstrated the fruit’s amazing ability to fight and prevent infections. Pomegranate juice are a great source of vitamin C, B5, potassium, fiber, and in antioxidants such as polyphenols, tannins, and anthocyanins.
Studies suggest that regular consumption of pomegranates or its juice may reduce the risk of heart disease, reduce high blood pressure and inhibit viral infections.
Pomegranate Juice Benefits
Here are just a few headlines I found when I searched for information on health benefits of pomegranate juice:
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- Pomegranate juice components block cancer cell migration
- Pomegranate juice increased sex drive in both men and women
- Pomegranates may kill harmful bacteria
- Pomegranates may improve erectile function
- Viagra Juice: Pomegranate Juice Boosts Testosterone, Lowers Blood Pressure, and Improves Male Fertility
(Okay, you get the picture…there were many more, but I stopped right there).
The only potential downside of fresh pomegranate juice is that it is high in natural sugar. One cup of pomegranate juice has nearly 30 grams of sugar. In order to eliminate this potential issue, you may want to mix it with some other vegetable juice (see the recipe for Pomegranate-Kale Juice) or make it into a green smoothie.
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Pomegranate Juice Recipes
Look for pomegranates that feel heavy for their size. The heavier they feel, the more juice they will contain, so take a moment to choose good specimens. Unlike many fruits, the pomegranate actually improves with storage, becoming juicier and more flavorsome. Don’t worry about split or cracked fruit, splits and cracks can, in fact, be a sign of supremely ripe and juicy pomegranates! Avoid pomegranates with soft spots or any oozing.
Generally, a medium-sized pomegranate results in about 1/2 to 3/4 cup of fresh pomegranate juice. Larger fruits can yield a cup or more. If you want to drink the juice right after you make it and you want the juice cold, chill the bagged pomegranate seeds for 20 to 30 minutes.
To make a simple pomegranate juice, simply juice 5 pomegranates in your juicer. Cut open the pomegranate and gently scoop out the seeds. Only put the seeds into your juicer machine and discard everything else. You will find that the seeds of 5 pomegranates will provide you with a small amount of juice – 1 cup at best, depending on the size of the pomegranate.
To make it into a green juice, add some kale or other greens to the mix.
What’s good to know is that you don’t even need a juicer to make pomegranate juice. You can juice the pomegranate using a manual method (see below); or blend it in your blender and strain them with a cloth.
When using a blender, put the seeds of all 5 pomegranates into a blender with half a cup of water and let rip. Then strain the juice with a medium mesh strainer. You can get more liquid out of the remaining pulp if you strain it through a double layered cheese cloth. Last step is to pass the juice through a fine mesh strainer.
How to Make Pomegranate Juice Without A Juicer
This method is quite fun and may come in handy when you don’t have a juicer available, e.g., on vacations.
To make juice, pull the fruit open into sections, and remove the seeds. Don’t need worry about separating out every bit of membrane or pulling apart all the clusters of seeds. What you want to do is just to remove all of the peel (it can impart a bitter taste to the juice) and any bigger pieces of membrane. Do all of this over a large mixing bowl to make sure you catch as much juice as possible along the way.
Place seeds in a heavy-duty zip-top plastic bag; seal, pressing as much air as possible out of bag. One handy tool for manually juicing pomegranate is … rolling pin. Simply use it to press the juice out of the seeds, but any other smashing tool (such as a big spoon, etc.) will likely work well, too. Gently mash seeds with a rolling pin or bottom of a bottle. Just don’t get too excited! While you definitely want to smash the seeds to get all the juice out, you need to do so with a bit of gentleness and finesse just so you don’t bust open the bag!
Finally, cut a small hole in a bottom corner of the bag and strain the pomegranate juice into a glass or other container. The juice will flow out at first, then you may need to squeeze the bag gently to get all the juice out.
Enjoy the freshest pomegranate juice possible! It will keep, covered and chilled (or frozen), for a few days, but really is best sooner rather than later.
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If you don’t already own a juicer, I strongly encourage you get one. It’s a great investment in your health. If you are not sure which juicer to get, read this post about choosing a juicer first. For beginners and advanced juicing enthusiasts, I recommend a Breville juicer. You may also want to read my post about the Best Juicer to buy.
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