Pomegranates: The new stress-buster

by Natalia Lubomirski

Pomegranate, health news, Marie Claire

Missed your bus, forgot your umbrella in the pouring rain and have an 11am deadline pressing? Not a good start to a Monday morning...

Relax, a new stress-buster has been discovered to help melt away your worries.

Better than a glass of Pinot, pomegranate juice has been cited as the best way to dispel your worries and help you calm down during a stressful day at work.

The study, which was carried out by Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, revealed that pomegranates can significantly reduce the level of cortisol (stress hormone) in saliva, as well as reducing systolic and diastolic blood pressure, making you feel more relaxed.

With long hours, constant pressures of deadlines and presentations and lengthy commutes, it is no surprise we women are stressed out. However, research has shown that by drinking 500ml of pomegranate juice every day you can decrease your stress levels and help you feel more calm and collected in the workplace.

'On the basis of these findings there is a justified argument for busy workers to drink pomegranate juice to help alleviate chronic stress and maintain good health,' says Dr Emad Al-Dujaili who led the study.

He found that all 60 of his volunteers reported being more enthusiastic and less distressed after having the fruit drink.

Pomegranates have also been credited with delivering a wide-ranging health benefits, including lowering cholesterol levels and reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s and arthritis.

So if you’re feeling stressed out try consuming your daily intake of pomegranate juice…and maybe also think about booking that long overdue holiday!

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