(Natural News) Pomegranates, which are rich in bioactive compounds, are one of the healthiest fruits in the world. Among many health benefits, pomegranates can boost your heart health.
The pomegranate (Punica granatum) is a shrub that produces a red fruit. Officially categorized as a berry, a pomegranate fruit measures at least 5-12 cm (2-5 inches) in diameter.
Pomegranates are red and round, with an appearance similar to a red apple with a flower-shaped stem. The fruit’s skin is thick and inedible, but it contains hundreds of arils or edible seeds. People eat pomegranate arils, which can be consumed raw or processed into pomegranate juice.
Pomegranates have a remarkable nutrient profile. A single cup of arils (174 g) has:
- Fiber (7 g)
- Protein (3 g)
- Vitamin C (30 percent of the Reference Daily Intake [RDI])
- Vitamin K (36 percent of the RDI)
- Folate (16 percent of the RDI)
- Potassium (12 percent of the RDI)
Pomegranate arils are very sweet, and a cup of seeds has about 24 g of sugar and 144 calories.
Watch the video below, called “Prevent, and even reverse, cardiovascular disease with pomegranate – it cleans your arteries,” which was uploaded on the official Natural News Brighteon channel, to learn how pomegranates can help keep your heart healthy.
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Pomegranates support the heart
Pomegranate extract serves as a natural “broom” that sweeps up the plaque sticking to your arteries. Over time, the extract can help prevent atherosclerosis, the primary cause of heart attacks.
Likewise, pomegranate juice prevents the buildup of deadly plaque in the arteries by as much as 35 percent. Pomegranates have powerful antioxidant properties that can help reduce cholesterol and allow the heart to function optimally.
The other health benefits of pomegranates
Pomegranates have two plant compounds with potent medicinal properties.
Pomegranates contain punicalagins and punicic acid, plant compounds responsible for the fruit’s various health benefits.
Punicalagins are powerful antioxidants that can be found in pomegranate juice and peel. Punicalagins have about three times the antioxidant activity of red wine and green tea. Pomegranate extract and powder are often made from the fruit’s peel because it is full of punicalagin and other antioxidants.
The punicic acid in pomegranate seed oil is the main fatty acid of arils. This type of conjugated linoleic acid has strong biological effects.
Pomegranates have noteworthy anti-inflammatory effects.
Chronic inflammation is a major driver of serious diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, heart disease, obesity, and Type 2 diabetes. Fortunately, pomegranates have potent anti-inflammatory properties that are mostly mediated by the antioxidant properties of punicalagin.
According to test-tube studies, pomegranate’s antioxidant properties can help minimize inflammatory activity in the digestive tract, along with breast and colon cancer cells.
Based on the results of a separate 12-week study in individuals with diabetes, consuming 1.1 cups (250 mL) of pomegranate juice per day reduced inflammatory markers CRP and interleukin-6 by 32 percent and 30 percent, respectively.
Pomegranate can help fight prostate cancer.
Data from laboratory studies imply that pomegranates can help fight prostate cancer, a common type of cancer in men. Findings showed that pomegranate extract can slow cancer cell reproduction and even induce apoptosis (cell death) in cancer cells.
Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) is a blood marker for prostate cancer, and men whose PSA levels double in a short period of time have a very high risk of death from prostate cancer.
One study revealed that drinking about 8 oz. (237 mL) of pomegranate juice per day increased the PSA doubling time from 15 months to a whopping 54 months. A follow-up study confirmed similar improvements when participants were given a type of pomegranate extract called POMx. (Related: Pomegranate juice has DRAMATIC effects in slowing the development of prostate cancer.)
Keep your heart strong and healthy by consume pomegranates regularly.
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