Colorful and delicious the Pomegranate fruit packs a powerful antioxidant punch.
While you can buy pomegranate juice in bottles at your friendly neighborhood grocery store. It's rather pricey, in terms of both the green stuff and calories, so you might want to mix it with mineral or seltzer water to make it go further.
Why should you give pomegranate juice a second look?
It has a unique, pleasant flavor.
The color is amazing. It can add a splash of red to your beverages, smoothies, and other recipes.
Pomegranates are a rich source of antioxidants.
Antioxidants in pomegranates include polyphenols, such as tannins and anthocyanins. In fact, pomegranates may have even more antioxidant power than cranberry juice or green tea.
You might even compare and think of Pomegranates as the new red blueberry.
As for other possible health benefits, while more studies are needed, there are indications that:
Pomegranate juice may improve blood flow to the heart in people with ischemic coronary heart disease (CHD). In a study of 45 people with CHD and myocardial ischemia (in which not enough blood gets to the heart muscle), participants who drank about 8 fluid ounces of pomegranate juice daily for 3 months had less ischemia during a stress test.
Study participants who did not drink the juice, meanwhile, had evidence of more stress-induced ischemia. The study noted no negative effects to drinking pomegranate juice (even on blood sugar levels or body weight). Lead researcher, Dean Ornish, MD, believes pomegranate juice may even be able to help prevent heart disease in people who do not already have it.
Pomegranate juice may help stop plaque from building up in blood vessels - in other words, it may have an anti-atherogenic effect. The antioxidants in the juice may help keep cholesterol in a form that is less damaging, and may also reduce plaque that has already built up in vessels, according to Collins.
Pomegranate juice was shown to have potent anti-atherogenic effects in healthy humans and in mice with plaque buildup -- possibly due to its antioxidative properties, researchers from Israel recently concluded. In their study of healthy male volunteers, pomegranate juice was shown to decrease the likelihood of LDL "bad" cholesterol to form plaque. Another Israeli study showed a decrease in the development of atherosclerosis in mice whose diets were supplemented with pomegranate juice.
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