The Superfruit That May Transform Heart-Health
Blueberries are famous as an antioxidant powerhouse. But when it comes to supporting your heart, another fruit may have just taken their place.
A study from UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine ran the numbers. When it comes to defending a key heart-health factor, it was no contest. This fruit outperformed red wine… grape juice… vitamin C… vitamin E…
And proved 100 times more powerful than even blueberry juice!1
The key factor this superfruit defends so effectively: Nitric Oxide (NO). NO is the compound that keeps your arteries flexible. That’s critical for both circulation and a healthy heart.
Keeping your heart strong and healthy is a top priority for fighting the effects of age. And pomegranates may be one of your most important allies.
You’ve probably heard “pomegranates have a lot of antioxidants,” or “pomegranates are good for your heart.” But you probably haven’t heard just how good they are. The truth is, pomegranates may offer benefits no other fruit can match.
Doctors in a 2012 Middle Eastern study worked with volunteers suffering with blood sugar problems. They gave the volunteers about 7 ounces of pomegranate juice every day for 6 weeks.
Their blood sugar levels dropped without making any other changes. But it wasn’t just their blood sugar that changed. Their total cholesterol and LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels dropped, too.
At the same time, their PON1 – an enzyme that blocks oxidation of cholesterol – went up.2 This is key, because oxidized cholesterol plays a big role in clogging arteries.
Speaking of arteries, pomegranate juice appears to have a significant effect on their health.
Israeli doctors tested pomegranate juice on a group of volunteers with thickening of the carotid arteries. These arteries supply blood to your head and neck… so they’re fairly important.
They split the volunteers into two groups. One group drank some pomegranate juice every day. The other group drank a look- and taste-alike placebo.
After a year, the doctors noticed important changes in the pomegranate group. Their PON1 levels were up… oxidized LDL was down… their blood pressure had dropped… and their serum antioxidant status had jumped by 130%.
The thickening of their carotid arteries was also reduced by up to 30%. The placebo group, however, showed 9% more thickening.3
Pomegranate may boost the health of your heart itself, too.
Researchers in California tested patients with blood supply problems to the heart. They gave half their volunteers about 8 ounces of pomegranate juice every day. After 3 months, the pomegranate group showed improvement in their heart’s blood supply. The non-juice group had gotten worse.4
My only concern with pomegranate juice is that it’s loaded with fructose – fruit sugar. In fact, it’s one of the highest natural sources on the market.
Fructose is unlike other sugars, because it’s processed by your liver and most of its converted directly to fat.
Fortunately, pomegranate extract is available in some nutritional supplements. Including a few heart-health formulas. And with all its proven heart benefits, pomegranate could prove a key addition to your anti-aging plan.
Yours in continued good health,
Best Life Herbals Wellness Team
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1 Ignarro, L.J., et al, “Pomegranate juice protects nitric oxide against oxidative destruction and enhances the biological actions of nitric oxide,” Nitric Oxide. Sep 2006; 15(2): 93-102.
2 Parsaeyan, N., et al, “Effect of pomegranate juice on paraoxonase enzyme activity in patients with type 2 diabetes,” J Diabetes Metab Disord. Aug 31, 2012; 11(1): 11.
3 Aviram, M., et al, “Pomegranate juice consumption for 3 years by patients with carotid artery stenosis reduces common carotid intima-media thickness, blood pressure and LDL oxidation,” Clin Nutr. Jun 2004; 23(3): 423-433.
4 Sumner, M.D., et al, “Effects of pomegranate juice consumption on myocardial perfusion in patients with coronary heart disease,” Am J Cardiol. Sep 15, 2005; 96(6): 810-814.
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