Pomegranate Juice May Reduce Damage Done by Exercise
Exercise can increase markers of oxidative stress in the body. A recent study suggests that consuming pomegranate juice may help reduce biochemical markers of damage in the body caused by endurance-based exercise.
Participants in the study included 22 athletes who were recruited from sports clubs. They were given 200 mL of pomegranate juice or no juice daily for 21 days.
At the conclusion of the study, the researchers noted increases in carbonyls and malondialdehyde — two markers of oxidative stress — in the control group. However, baseline levels were maintained in the pomegranate juice group.
Additionally, the researchers noted non-significant decreases in levels of C-reactive protein, another inflammation marker, in the pomegranate group.
Researchers from the University Miguel Hernandez in Alicante conducted the study. It was published online ahead of print on December 7, 2015, in the journal Nutrition.
Pomegranates are packed with protective vitamins, and ongoing research is investigating their ability to improve heart health, reduce cholesterol, reduce joint pain and possibly reduce the risk of prostate cancer.