May 25 is National Wine Day (Wait. Every day isn't wine day?) but if you're not a drinker or if you're looking to cut back on alcohol altogether, you may want to give this swap for red wine a try: pomegranate juice.
Reds like Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Pinot Noir are known for their ripe and fruity flavor with a spicy finish. Whichever you prefer, we find pomegranate juice to deliver the same dry profile as well as a few other key benefits.
Rich in antioxidants
Pomegranate has more antioxidants than most fruits and three times more antioxidants than red wine. Because of this, it removes free radicals that can cause oxidative stress and lead to issues like diabetes, heart disease, and premature aging.
Both pomegranate juice and red wine have high levels of resveratrol, a plant compound is beneficial for protecting the brain. Resveratrol can keep your memory sharp and fights against diseases like Alzheimer's.
Good Gut Health
Pomegranate juice and red wine are great for digestion issues such as Chron's disease, irritable bowel syndrome, or ulcers. They have the ability to reduce inflammation which can relieve some of these issues.