The Goop, which already has more than 30 ingredients, just grew by two more: the very vibrantly coloured organic dried pomegranate juice powder, and the smoothly sweet dried yacon powder.
Pomegranate seeds are good for vitamins C, K and B9 (folate). The most abundant phytochemicals in pomegranate juice are the polyphenols, including the hydrolysable tannins called ellagitannins. Hydrolysable tannins have shown potential antibacterial effects against Helicobacter pylori*. In the past few years, hydrolysable tannins have also been studied for their potential positive impact on cancer through different mechanisms. While we cannot be definitive about these claims, the powdered juice does taste delish! And taste is important when it comes to The Goop.
The yacon, which is mainly to add a little more flavour to the mix, contains fructooligosaccharides, which have a prebiotic effect, meaning they are used by beneficial bacteria that enhance colon health and aid digestion.
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*Helicobacter pylori is a bacterium usually found in the stomach. It was identified in 1982 by Australian scientists Barry Marshall and Robin Warren, who found it was present in a person with chronic gastritis and gastric ulcers, conditions not previously believed to have a microbial cause. It is also linked to the development of duodenal ulcers and stomach cancer. While more than 80 percent of individuals infected with the bacterium are asymptomatic, it may play an important role in the natural ecology of the stomach. More than half of the world’s population harbour the bacterium in their upper gastrointestinal tract.