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Pomegranates, with their distinctive red arils and sweet-tart flavor, are more than just a delicious fruit; they are also a powerhouse of health benefits, particularly for the cardiovascular system. This article will delve into the cardiovascular benefits of pomegranate, drawing on various studies and articles from the medical literature, primarily sourced from PubMed.gov, a renowned database for scientific research.
The cardiovascular system, comprising the heart and blood vessels, is critical for maintaining overall health. Pomegranate, scientifically known as Punica granatum, has been identified as a beneficial food for heart health due to its rich concentration of antioxidants, particularly polyphenols.
A major benefit of pomegranate is its potential to improve heart health by reducing arterial plaque. A study published in the American Journal of Cardiology found that consuming pomegranate juice daily for three years reduced the thickness of the carotid artery wall by up to 30%, compared to a control group where the thickness increased by 9% (Aviram et al., 2004). This reduction in arterial plaque is significant because it directly correlates with a decreased risk of atherosclerosis, a major cause of heart disease.
(We have pomegranate juice extract in our Daily Defense shake mix. Learn more here.)
Pomegranates are known for their anti-inflammatory properties, which is another cornerstone of cardiovascular health. Chronic inflammation is a known risk factor for many heart diseases. A study in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry (Rosenblat et al., 2010) demonstrated that pomegranate juice could significantly reduce inflammatory markers in the blood, such as CRP and IL6, both of which are associated with heart disease.
Lower oxidative stress:
The antioxidant properties of pomegranates also contribute to cardiovascular health. These antioxidants, including punicalagin and anthocyanins, are effective in protecting LDL cholesterol from oxidative damage. Oxidized LDL is a key player in the development of heart diseases. A study published in Clinical Nutrition (Esmaillzadeh et al., 2004) found that pomegranate juice consumption resulted in a significant reduction in LDL oxidation, suggesting a protective effect against heart diseases.
Better blood pressure:
Moreover, pomegranates may also have a positive effect on blood pressure. A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials, found in the journal Pharmacological Research (Sahebkar et al., 2017), revealed that pomegranate juice has a consistent lowering effect on blood pressure, particularly systolic blood pressure. One explanation for the better blood pressure with pomegranate is the positive effects on the endothelium.
Cardiovascular and more!
- May protect against Alzheimer’s dementia – source
- Supports liver health- source
- May protect against cancer- source
- Better blood sugar and protects against diabetes- source
So, enjoy pomegranates and enjoy better cardiovascular and total bottle health.
We formulated our Daily Defense to contain pomegranate powder for the above reasons.
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