According to a recent study in the American Journal for Clinical Nutrition, drinking pomegranate juice may help reduce some of the major risk factors for heart disease. Israeli researchers found that the juice, which is rich in antioxidants, prevented the build-up of plaque in the arteries of mice and inhibited further damaging changes in mice that already had plaque in their arteries. In a group of healthy males who drank up to 50 ml of pomegranate juice daily for 2 weeks, the juice was found to boost the activity of an enzyme that protects against damaging changes to cells. The juice also reduced the oxidation of LDL ("bad") cholesterol, a step that encourages cholesterol particles to stick to artery walls and promoting heart disease. Based on the findings, the authors recommend drinking half a glass of pomegranate juice a day.
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