Pomegranate is a ruby red fruit filled with seeds that are said to be a wonder fruit filled with beneficial nutrients. To get the best from pomegranate there is the best time to take pomegranate juice when the nutrients will best serve your body.
When drinking juices, you’re told to take some in the morning on an empty stomach while others you’re told to take before exercising or with your meals. But unless you have a preexisting condition or disease that can be aggravated by taking pomegranate juice, I recommend to most of my patients to take the juice first thing in the morning an hour before taking breakfast. This way your body can readily absorb all the nutrients and digest the fruit faster.
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Pomegranate juice contains vitamin A, C, and E, iron, calcium, folic acid, potassium, niacin, phosphorous, folates, riboflavin, and thiamin. Eating the small seeds can be a bit cumbersome at times which makes it easier to make the juice. Drinking the juice helps your body to quickly absorb the nutrients into your bloodstream. Pomegranate is packed with three times more antioxidants than oranges and green tea. Freshly made pomegranate juice with no added sugars is the best so that you get all the health benefits.
Most of the pomegranate juice sold in stores contain added sugars that sweeten the sour taste of natural pomegranate juice. Pomegranate juice is rich in antioxidants that protect your body from damage caused by toxins and free radicals, reducing your risk of developing chronic diseases like cancer and heart disease. Daily intake of the juice can reduce inflammation, improve your digestion, lower your blood pressure levels, and improve your overall health. Click here for more information on how to make pomegranate juice.
Best time to take pomegranate juice
Early in the morning
You must have been told the best time to take pomegranate juice or any other juice is early in the morning before you eat anything. This is because early in the morning your stomach is empty which means the nutrients in the pomegranate juice will be absorbed quickly. If you take your juice with your meal, it will take your body longer to process it and some of the nutrients won’t be fully absorbed.
Take pomegranate juice at least an hour before your morning coffee or tea. Coffee has an acidic effect that can neutralize the alkaline effect of pomegranate juice. Pomegranate juice contains complex carbs that slowly convert glucose to a constant supply of energy to last you the whole day.
Before and after exercising
Most people believe that it’s not a good idea to eat before exercising so that your body can burn the stored fat so you lose weight faster and burn more calories in the process. The fact is, your body needs a pre-workout energy booster whether it’s a normal or extreme workout. Drinking pomegranate juice is the easiest way to provide your body with energy to effectively workout. It provides instant energy and also any lost nutrients in your body. Pomegranate juice contains amino acids, electrolytes, and carbs useful for muscle recovery.
Take it with meals
Some people prefer drinking their liquids while eating their meals. Combining pomegranate juice and a heavy meal can cause indigestion because the digestion time of both the meal and the juice is different. However, you can mix your juice with veggies because they go well together. You can make a delicious veggie salad or a simple vegetable meal.
Do you now know the best time to take pomegranate juice?
To get all the nutrients found in pomegranates, your body needs to absorb the nutrients quickly without any interference. Early in the morning is the best time to drink pomegranate juice for quick absorption. It provides your body with energy and the dietary fiber makes you feel fuller for longer which helps to curb the cravings which lead to overeating and weight gain.
It’s also a good pre-workout booster and also post-workout to give you instant energy to exercise for longer and repair your worn out muscles and replenish lost nutrients. If you like you can also take the juice with your meals preferably vegetable meal for easy digestion.
How much pomegranate juice should one consume per day?
It’s recommended that you take about 2 glasses of pomegranate juice per day. Pomegranates are very nutrient dense and low in calories good for a low carb diet.
Is it better to eat or drink pomegranate juice?
There isn’t any conclusive evidence of whether or not eating the seeds is better than drinking pomegranate juice. However, increasing your fruit intake is always a good way of improving your health.
Can you eat the whole pomegranate?
The rind and the white membrane is bitter and not advisable to eat but some people say it has medicinal benefits. You can also eat the seeds and the arils.
Is it a good idea to eat pomegranate before bed?
Some experts say eating fruits right before bed can cause digestive problems and prevent you from having a restful sleep. But it’s better to snack on pomegranates than eat ice cream in the middle of the night.
How many calories are in pomegranate?
Per 100g of pomegranate you get 83 calories which most of it is from carbs. Pomegranate is a low calories fruit that can help you in losing weight.