[extropy-chat] Pomegranate Juice

Robert Bradbury robert.bradbury at gmail.com
Fri Mar 24 12:21:02 UTC 2006

Almost any juice which has "color" probably has beneficial properties.
Blueberries have one of the highest anti-oxidant ratings of any common
food.  Tomato juice is high in lycopene and other antioxidants.  Red
grapefruit juice (as in red wine) is good because it contains resveratrol
which is one of the sirtuin-like compounds which activates ones built-in
longevity program (the same one which is activated by caloric restriction).
Grape fruit juice and some other related juices can interfere with the
enzymes that breakdown drugs -- indirectly causing effective increases in
the drug doses.  (But this is very difficult to manage in a controlled way.)

There isn't any really "magic" bullet (e.g. pomegranates) here.  This is
suggested by a simple google where the top commecial ad returned is touting
them as an "antioxidant *superpower*" -- as soon as someone starts making
such extreme claims one should start raising an eyebrow.  It there were
magic bullets those people who had discovered them would be living 200 or
300 years and we would have known about them long ago.

It is probably wise to assume that there isn't one "universal" best solution
because the benefits may vary due to individual genetic differences. Consume
those things which you like, have some probable health benefits and you can

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