There are numerous researchers that have proved that pomegranate extract can prevent the gradual thickening of coronary arteries as a result of build up of fatty material.
Based on a three year clinical trial published in Clinical Nutrition in 2004 the consuming of pomegranate juice daily has succeeded to reverse artery stenosis by about 29% in a one year period.
Pomegranate extract has been proved to effectively: lower the plaque in the arteries, decrease chemokine associated with arteries inflammation, reduce levels of oxidative stress, decrease cardiac enlargement, lower the accumulation of lipid in the heart muscle, lower ECG abnormalities.
Besides this proven health benefits there are few other reasons why you should most definitely include the pomegranate in your daily diet.
1. Abundant with nutrients – Only one cup of pomegranate seeds includes 7 grams of fiber, 144 calories, 3 grams of protein, vitamin C and vitamin K. Also the pomegranate seeds are rich with large amount of antioxidants that help in preventing cell damage that occurs as a result of oxidation.
2.Include 2 potent plant compounds – The two compounds most responsible for the healthy attributes of pomegranate are Punicalagins, that are highly potent antioxidants located in the peel and juice of a pomegranate, and punicic acid which is the primary fatty acid in the seeds of pomegranates.
3.Anti – Inflammatory Effects – because of their anti-inflammatory properties, the pomegranates are perfect for decreasing inflammation, they also help to avoid type 2 diabetes, cancer, heart disease, obesity and Alzheimer’s disease.
4.Reduces blood pressure – Based on one study, consuming 150 ml of pomegranate juice for two weeks can significantly lower the blood pressure, the pomegranate juice can also reduce the risk of stroke and heart attack.
5.Acts against fungal and bacterial infections – The pomegranates have properties that can help fighting dangerous bacteria in our body. The pomegranate has proven to be beneficial against some types of bacteria and fungal infections.