Pomegranate juice tops a number of commonly consumed antioxidant-rich beverages such as cranberry, black cherry, blueberry and the popular açaí juice1. It is becoming increasingly popular amongst athletes and fitness enthusiasts to help with their recovery and performance. But why?
Pomegranate juice and recovery rates
There are a growing number of studies suggesting that the antioxidant profile in pomegranates is high enough to improve recovery rates. A recent study published in the journal Nutrients showed that pomegranate juice supplementation helped reduce oxidative stress, that causes muscle soreness and damage, as well as improve recovery rates after weight training in a group of athletes2. In the study, participants were given either 250ml doses of pomegranate juice or a placebo to consume three times daily during the 48 hours before their training. In addition, the participants consumed an additional 500ml of pomegranate juice or placebo an hour before the training session. Those who consumed the pomegranate juice had a better recovery profile compared with the placebo group, suggesting that pomegranate juice has potential to help recovery by enhancing antioxidant responses that reduces oxidative stress following intensive resistance training. So, pomegranates aren’t only great for keeping wrinkles at bay, they can also help fuel your gains!
Pomegranate juice: a sports supplement?
Although research is still young, it appears pomegranate juice has great potential to produce multiple benefits as a sports supplement for recovery, as well as enhance performance. In a similar way to how you need fats to absorb vitamins from your food and calcium to absorb vitamin D (did you know that?), consuming pomegranate with other nutrients appears to enhance the benefits.
In a multi-ingredient performance supplement study, investigators found that pomegranate and beetroot juice in combination with creatine, caffeine, beta-alanine and BCAAs led to greater improvements in muscle mass, strength and total body fat after six weeks in comparison to a placebo3. Eureka! So instead of using pomegranate as a mixer for your cocktails, mix it with your pre or post workout drink for added benefits!
CocoPro Pomegranate provides the perfect triple threat – coconut water for optimal rehydration, protein for speedy recovery and pomegranate juice for the upgrade. Packed in convenient portion-controlled on the go bottles, CocoPro is your perfect workout buddy.
- Seeram N, Aviram M, Zhang Y, Henning S, Feng L, Dreher M et al. Comparison of Antioxidant Potency of Commonly Consumed Polyphenol-Rich Beverages in the United States. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. 2008;56(4):1415-1422.
- Ammar A, Turki M, Hammouda O, Chtourou H, Trabelsi K, Bouaziz M et al. Effects of Pomegranate Juice Supplementation on Oxidative Stress Biomarkers Following Weightlifting Exercise. Nutrients. 2017;9(8):819.
- Lowery R, Joy J, Dudeck J, Oliveira de Souza E, McCleary S, Wells S et al. Effects of 8 weeks of Xpand® 2X pre workout supplementation on skeletal muscle hypertrophy, lean body mass, and strength in resistance trained males. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition. 2013;10(1):44.