Why did Shaklee begin using pomegranate in their 180 Energizing Tea and Vivix Kosher? Let’s take a look and see!
Pomegranate is common in Middle Eastern cooking and its super food status, unique flavor and texture has made it recently popular in the U.S. A pomegranate contains hundreds of tiny, crisp cells called arils; each aril is a seed encased in a juicy pulp, a mix of sweet and tart flavors.Ruby red, tasty and nutrient rich pomegranates carry a heafty punch in safeguarding your health. Pomegranate contains a unique and powerful antioxidant called punicalagin, the most abundant antioxidant in pomegranate, and is responsible for more than half of the antioxidant activity of pomegranate juice.1
Pomegranate- A Super Food
With Amazing Properties
Pomegranate juice has been analyzed to have greater antioxidant capacity than red wine, grape juice, cranberry juice, green tea or acai juice.2 Drinking pomegranate juice measurably reduces oxidative stress (the toxic effects of free radicals) in healthy humans.3 Much research has shown that pomegranate’s potent antioxidant capacity provides protection against heart disease, cancer and cognitive impairment.
Pomegranate was one of the earliest cultivated fruits, and has been prominent throughout history in art, culture, and religion, from the story of the seasons in Greek mythology to Romeo and Juliet to the Bible.4,5
Science Behind Pomegranate
Pomegranate has anti-inflammatory effects that may protect against cancer and other chronic diseases.6-7
Pomegranate has anti-angiogenic properties, meaning that they may help to prevent growing tumors from acquiring a blood supply, preventing those tumors from receiving the nutrients that would allow them to grow larger.8-10
After treatment for prostate cancer, two studies have shown that pomegranate juice or supplements slowed the increase in PSA.12
Protects Against Heart Disease
Pomegranate phytochemicals reduce LDL oxidation (a contributor to atherosclerotic plaque development).13
Pomegranate phytochemicals have blood pressure-reducing properties.14-15
In a study of patients with severe carotid artery blockages, after one ounce of pomegranate juice daily for one year, there was a 30 percent reduction in atherosclerotic plaque. In striking contrast, in the participants who did not take the pomegranate juice atherosclerotic plaque increased by 9 percent.13
Guards Memory and Brain Function
Pomegranate supplements taken before and after surgery prevented the postoperative memory dysfunction associated with coronary artery bypass or heart valve surgery.16
In those with mild memory complaints, individuals drinking pomegranate juice daily performed better on a memory task compared to placebo and displayed increased brain activation measured by functional MRI.17
Removing the edible arils from the pomegranate is easy when you know how to do it. The easiest way is to cut it around the diameter, split it into two and then pound the back with the back of a large serving spoon. The flavor and health benefits of pomegranate make the effort well worth it.
Enjoy fresh pomegranates, especially when they are in season, and store some arils in the freezer to get the health benefits of pomegranate all year round. Pomegranate season typically runs from October through February. When selecting pomegranates, look for a ripe, deep-colored fruit with a red to reddish-brown outer rind that is heavy for its size.
Shaklee Vivix Kosher
Laboratory studies show that both Vivix and Vivix Kosher (with pomegranate) key ingredients protect and repair DNA. In a clinical study, key ingredients were shown to blunt the inflammatory response that normally occurs from an unhealthy meal, which over time can lead to cellular aging.*
13x more powerful than resveratrol alone in slowing a key mechanism of aging**
In laboratory studies, Vivix pomegranate just like regular Vivix key ingredients help slow the formation of AGE proteins, which can lead to cell damage.*
40% lower rate of telomere shortening‡
Telomeres are protective caps of repetitive DNA at the end of chromosomes. In a preliminary clinical study, Shaklee users who took Vivix and other Shaklee supplements for at least 5 years had a 40% lower rate of telomere shortening across the adult age range compared to a healthy control group.*
A statistical analysis projects that an 80 year old Shaklee user would have the same telomere length as a 41 year old.∞