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Pomegranate juice relieves work-related stress

Having a daily consumption of pomegranate juice could help to eliminate stress in the office as well as helping people to love their job. A new study h...

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|Jun 6|magazine6 min read

Having a daily consumption of pomegranate juice could help to eliminate stress in the office as well as helping people to love their job.

A new study has found pomegranate juice causes a significant reduction in levels of the stress hormone cortisol and also lowers blood pressure.

Recent research has found that 41 percent of workers in Britain claim to be stressed or very stressed in their jobs and two-thirds of workers said they feel they have been put under more pressure by management since the economic downturn.

However, pomegranate juice can help to make employees feel more enthusiastic about their work.

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Sixty volunteers took part in the study which was carried out by the Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, Scotland, to assess the physiological effect of daily consumption of pomegranate juice.

At the beginning of the study a team of researchers tested the volunteers’ blood pressure and asked them to describe their feelings towards their job.

After drinking 500ml of pomegranate juice everyday for two weeks the participants said they were more enthusiastic, inspired, proud and active at work.

They all also reported that they were less distressed, nervous, guilty and ashamed and full results of the study will be presented at an international conference in Barcelona in October.

Research Scientist, Dr Emad Al-Dujaili who led the study said: “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.”  

“There is a growing body of evidence that pomegranate juice delivers wide-ranging health benefits that merit further research.”

“It is very rare indeed for an all-natural juice to offer the range of health benefits that we are seeing in pomegranate juice,” Al-Dujaili added.

An earlier study by Queen Margaret University researchers found that pomegranate juice may redistribute weight around the body, moving fat away from stomachs and muffin tops.