Pomegranate Green Tea Benefits

Published: 24th February 2010
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There are many different products on the market today that combine both pomegranate and green tea. There are pomegranate green tea lotions, shampoos, conditioners and even candles. Even though I am sure they are nice, we are going to talk about health from these powerhouses.

Green tea on it's own has a nice flavor but adding pomegranate adds a nice rich tart flavor. However, the benefits of both pomegranate and green tea make for an outstanding mix of anti-antioxidants that will super charge your system to help in the fight against free radicals that attack and damage your cells. Anti-oxidants occur naturally in fruits and vegetables, especially the pomegranate. It is also in abundance in the Camellia sinensis plant, which just happens to be the tea plant. This helps supercharge your defense system, by including a diet rich in fruits, vegetables and tea.

So, why has so much of the discussions about the health benefits of antioxidant rich foods focused on one or the other instead of combining these super-foods? As for the tea, it's important to note that the way it is processed is crucial. Black tea is fermented during processing, which converts natural anti-oxidants into, well something else. The result: it reduces the anti-oxidant health benefits. Green tea, however, is not fermented and in general goes through less processing, retaining more anti-oxidants due to keeping the tea in a more natural state.

So what about pomegranate green tea? You already know now about green tea but hey what about the wonder fruit? Combine them together and you get the benefits of green tea that combines with the benefits of pomegranates and becomes the all in one cell and life builder. New studies are showing that 8 ounces of pomegranate juice may help fight localized pockets of prostate cancer. Some of these pockets, especially those that are not treatable by conventional medicines, were shown to grow much slower among the men who drank the 8 ounces per day. This comes from a long-term study taking place over six years, helping to solidify the studies legitimacy.

What about studies for green tea? Here you go...A new study from Japan confirms green tea's reputation as a longevity tonic. Researchers followed a large group of people ages 65-84 for about six years. They compared those drinking seven or more cups of green tea a day to those drinking less than one cup a day. Those drinking the most green tea had about a 55% reduced risk of dying during that time, from any cause. The biggest reductions were in colon cancer and heart disease. (Suzuki E, et al. Ann Epidemiol. 2009 Oct;19(10):732-9.) Green tea contains lots of things that can provide health benefits, polyphenols, including epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which can protect against cancer in a number of ways, including protecting DNA from free radical damage. Left unprotected can cause cell death and cell cycle arrest. A benefit of protecting that DNA is it helps prevent new blood vessel growth in tumors.

So it makes sense to combine the two powerhouses together to make pomegranate green tea. It not only tastes delicious, but it's just plain good for your body. We won't even go into how alert green tea can make you feel or the sense of well being it is said to produce. Or how pomegranate tastes so good and it's so good for you. We will let you experience that all on your own. So, it's time to do something good for yourself, cold or hot, pomegranate green tea.


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