Pomegranates have gathered quite the fan base over the last 10-15 years, but this quirky little fruit has been used medicinally in the Middle East, Iran, India, Egypt, and Greece for thousands of years.
High in antioxidants (especially polyphenols) and ellagic acid, pomegranates have been found to help repair free radical damage. Specifically, research indicates that pomegranates may play a role in preventing and treating heart disease.
Research shows that pomegranate juice consumption decreases the accumulation of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol in the arteries of healthy, nonsmoking men by 20 percent. In mice, pomegranate juice has been shown to reduce oxidation of LDL by 90 percent, and even shrink plaque-ridden lesions in the mice by 44 percent.
Similar studies found that healthy subjects who drank 2–3 ounces of pomegranate juice a day for two weeks reduced the cholesterol oxidation process by as much as 40 percent. This is critical, as this process often creates plaque build up that narrows arteries and results in heart disease.So don’t skip the pom. Break one open, sip on some juice, or use a powdered extract formula to get your pom on every day.