Medical Research

For many years the pomegranate has been used mainly for decoration. The general population has not taken this fruit seriously. However, through major medical findings, this fruit is now getting the credit it deserves for the powerful antioxidants, even more than red wine and green tea.

Laboratory studies have shown a significant reduction, almost in half, the buildup of plaque on the lining of the inner artery of mice, which have consumed pomegranate juice. This plaque build up, known as atherosclerotic lesions, causes the blood flow to be restricted to the heart and other vital organs. It also leads to hardening of the arteries, or arthrosclerosis, which is a major contributor to heart disease.

Studies have also shown the antioxidants found in pomegranates have reduced the LDL cholesterol oxidation in mice consuming pomegranate juice. LDL, or low-density lipoprotein, is the "bad" cholesterol. By reducing the LDL, this has shown to lower blood pressure and relieves hypertension in people with high cholesterol.

Free radicals, which are associated with certain cancers, heart disease and premature aging, are known to cause damage to the body's cells. Pomegranate juice contains the powerful antioxidants polyphenol, tannins, anthocyanins and many others, which help repair this damage. Pomegranates also contain isoflavones, potassium, vitamin C and vitamin B3 (niacin).

Research is ongoing. Studies are presently being done on estrogen, breast cancer, prostate cancer and AIDS. Is there no limit to what the pomegranate can do?

 

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