A recent study published in Current Developments in Nutrition examined the effect of a single dose of pomegranate juice on blood sugar levels.
Twenty-one healthy and normal subjects were randomly assigned to take a single dose of water, pomegranate juice, or water with 18.6 g of glucose and 18.3 g of fructose, to match the sugar content of the pomegranate juice.
In all participants, water intake did not change blood sugar levels. However, in healthy people with low insulin levels, glucose levels were significantly reduced between 15 and 30 minutes after consuming pomegranate juice, compared to the amount of sugar in the water.
A significant rise in insulin levels was also observed at 15 and 30 minutes after drinking pomegranate juice compared to sugar water.
A recent study also revealed that pomegranate juice could provide additional benefits for diabetics. The main finding was that the sugars in pomegranate juice, although similar in properties to other fruit juice sugars, did not negatively affect the indicators of diabetes.
The juice has been shown to reduce the risk of developing atherosclerosis – a potentially dangerous condition in which arteries are clogged with fatty substances called plaques, or atherosclerosis.