Pomegranate juice protects infants’ brain: Preliminary trials succeeded

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You may have known that to protect your newborn’s brain, it’s necessary to take precaution steps before birth. Newborns, especially those with intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR), are at heightened risk of having brain injuries.



Research led by clinical researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital on whether pomegranate juice intake during pregnancy can have a protective effect is ongoing, and preliminary findings have revealed the probable positive results.



The preliminary study



The research studied a clinal trial of expectant mothers whose babies were diagnosed with IUGR. The results showed that infants whose mothers consumed pomegranate juice daily during pregnancy had better brain development and brain connectivity compared with infants whose mothers did not.



"Our study provides preliminary evidence suggesting potential protective effects for newborns exposed to pomegranate juice while in utero," said one of the researchers. "These findings warrant continued investigation into the potential neuroprotective effects of polyphenols in at-risk newborns, such as those with hypoxic-ischemic injury."



The ongoing research



To better understand the ongoing research, first let me give a brief introduction to IUGR and hypoxic-ischemic injury.


Intrauterine growth restriction, IUGR in short, refers to a condition in which the infant stays in a smaller place than it needs, which may lead to lack of oxygen and nutrients. This is a relatively common condition, since 1 in 10 babies is considered to have IUGR.


Apart from gestation, the process of birth itself can further decrease blood flow or oxygen to the baby, including, of course, the baby’s brain.


If this is very severe, it can result in hypoxic-ischemic injury, which contributes to almost 1/4 of newborn deaths worldwide.



Polyphenols, which include tannic acid and ellagitannins, are part of a class of antioxidants rich in pomegranate juice. Pomegranate juice has been proved in previous studies to have protective effects against neurodegenerative diseases.



How much you should drink



For pregnant women, it’s necessary for you to consume 8 to 12 glasses of water or other fluids each day, and the amount should be increased if you sweat a lot.


Apart from polyphenols, pomegranate juice can also provide you with vitamin K, folate, and potassium. It’s okay for you to consume 2 to 3 glasses of pomegranate juice daily.

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Will the pomegranate juice be good to children too? I'm gonna prepare for my kids. At least natural foods can't do any harm.

Do you know pomegranate leads to constipation? Some people said so. I'd like to know. If it indeed leads to constipation I won't give it to my kids. They've already been struggling with bowel movements.
Your kids can have pomegranate juice. Actually, many articles mentioned that pomegranate can RELIEVE constipation.
Increase their fiber intake with fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables and plenty of fluids. Kids love carbs, get thwm.to eat fruits for deserts as well as for light snacks during the day. Stay away from juices with sugar added and introduce them to an actual pomegranate. There are also fiber gummies that are easy for kids to use when constipated, be sure to give with a glass of water. You can also give them mineral oil, I gave it to mine every time she said her tummy hurt and then told her to drink water. I told her to drink water for diarrhea, constipation, any tummy ache, coughs, and also headaches. Most children do not drink enough water.
Thanks for sharing your experience!