September 27, 2020
👉🏽DID YOU KNOW THESE RESEARCH DRIVEN FACTS ABOUT POMEGRANATE?
💤😴DO NOT CONSUME BEFORE BED:
Pomegranate consumption decreases the levels of melatonin 1 hr after consumption. The percent of reduction in melatonin was approximately 45.8% in healthy individuals (Saleem et al., 2019). Therefore it may be best to avoid this in the evening!
💪🏽IMPROVES MUSCLE TO FAT RATIO:
Punicic acid found within pomegranate is able to enhance fatty acid oxidation by upregulating CPT-1 the carnitine palmitoyltransferase activity-enzyme involved in fatty acid breakdown, which can lead to greater fat-burning potential (Aruna et al., 2016).
Numerous studies have also demonstrated beneficial effects of Punicic acid which is known as the "super CLA," whose effect is more potent than ordinary CLnA at reducing obesity and fat mass (Aruna et al., 2016).
⚡BLOOD SUGAR/INSULIN SENSITIVITY:
One impressive study found that Fresh pomegranate juice ameliorates insulin resistance, enhances β-cell function, and decreases fasting serum glucose in type 2 diabetic patients (Banihani et al., 2014). Keep in mind that elevated insulin levels and blood sugar levels, sets the stage for all kinds of diseases. An added bonus of keeping insulin low, is that it also assists you with burning fat as a fuel!
✅SUPPORTS BRAIN FUNCTION:
Data shows that both BDNF and IGF-1 are significantly increased in the brain by frequent consumption of pomegranate (Brady et al., 2016). Keep in mind that IGF-1 in the brain is responsible for neuronal proliferation and survival, and it’s level decreases with age (Wrigley et al., 2017)
Pomegranate has an outstanding, longevity- promoting profile. It is highly useful for a wide demographic, however, it may be best to avoid in the evenings, as it may impair sleep quality.
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