Got Pomegranates? The Antioxidant Powerhouse

Posted by on 6/3/2012 to Anti-Aging
Pomegranate is the latest antioxidant powerhouse.

Pomegranate Juice Ranks Number 1

Pomegranates have been cherished for their flavor, color, and health benefits for centuries. In recent years, it has become increasingly well-known for its various beneficial properties in the maintenance of health and beauty. Pomegranates contain high levels of beneficial antioxidants, Vitamins A, C, E and folic acid. Clinical studies have shown that the pomegranate is capable of preventing serious diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and Alzheimer's when it is regularly eaten or drank as a juice.

Since pomegranates have such high concentrations of antioxidants, they are capable of preventing free radical damage, hence promoting the body and skin's health. In a study done by UCLA, it was found that pomegranate juice ranked number one in delivering antioxidant power out of ten different kinds of beverages. It was ranked above red wine, blueberry juice and Acai berry juice, all of which are well known for their high levels of antioxidants.

Pomegranate juice ranks number 1 above red wine, blueberry juice, and Acai berry juice for antioxidant concentration.
Pomegranate juice ranks #1 above red wine, blueberry juice, and Acai berry juice for antioxidant concentration.

Topical Application of Pomegranate Also Effective

Environmental factors and stress play important roles in determining the body and skin's health. These factors can cause release of free radicals into the body. Free radicals are negatively charged oxygen molecules that attack the cells of the body causing them to become neutrally charged. During this process, free radicals often attack proteins and lipids in the cells, which are important structural molecules that constitute the cells of the skin. Therefore, the more free radicals there are, the more damage they will do to the skin. Antioxidants are capable of counteracting free radicals, thereby preventing them from damaging the skin tissue.

Other than providing antioxidant benefits when pomegranates are consumed, it is also found that the same beneficial effects can be achieved when applied topically onto the skin. Pomegranate contains concentrated levels of ellagic acid, a polyphenol antioxidant that helps eliminate free-radicals. Other beneficial components included punicic acid and trienoic conjugated fatty acid, which are found in pomegranate seed oil. These molecules help to boost cell regeneration and have anti-inflammatory properties. Anthocyanidin and bio-flavenoid help to increase the lifespan of fibroblasts, the cells responsible for elastin and collagen production, which helps skin to maintain suppleness and remain wrinkle-free for longer. Studies also show that pomegranate is capable of healing wounds, regulating sebum production while preventing the formation of acne, and helping to prevent hyperpigmentation or discolorations on the skin.

Skincare with Pomegranate

Murad's Vitalic line of skincare products features pomegranate extracts

Murad's Vitalic line of skincare products features the inclusion of pomegranate extracts in the formulas, and is capable of delivering all the skincare benefits and antioxidant fighting powers of the pomegranate. Suitable for combination skin, the Vitalic line includes the bestselling Murad Pomegranate Exfoliating Mask, which helps to fight free radicals and inflammation. The natural fruit enzymes also dissolve and clear dead skin cells while freeing the skin's surface of trapped impurities. Murad Pomegranate Exfoliating Mask instantly brightens and smooths the skin, while diminishing the appearance of pores and redness on the skin.

Another best-seller is the Murad Energizing Pomegranate Cleanser, which features a dual-action energizing gentle foam that exfoliates, cleanses, and tones the skin in just a single step. Murad's powerful Energizing Pomegranate Complex with a blend of Artemia natural fuel gives energy to the skin, while pomegranate works as an antioxidant.

Now You Have Got Pomegranate On Your Side

Achieve maximum antioxidant and nutritional benefits from pomegranates by making them part of a healthy skin diet. In addition, combine the antioxidant-rich diet with pomegranate antioxidant-infused skin care products for radiant, healthy skin.

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