Pomegranate juice offers heart benefits

September 21, 2005 in Heart Health, Nutrition Topics in the News

Pomegranate juice offers heart benefits

The latest research from the University of California's Preventive Medicine Research Institute and California Pacific Medical Center has found that drinking a glass of pomegranate juice everyday offers benefits for patients with coronary heart disease.

Pomegranate juice is very rich in antioxidants, such as soluble polyphenols, tannins, and anthocyanins, which scavenge free radicals and help prevent DNA damage that can lead to a number of serious health conditions.

Researchers randomly divided 45 participants, all of whom had coronary heart disease (CHD) and myocardial ischemia, into two groups. One group received 250ml (8.5 oz) pomegranate juice each day for three months, while the other received the same amount of a placebo drink with a similar calorific content, flavor and color. The findings showed that blood flow to the heart improved by about 17 percent in the pomegranate group and declined by 18 percent in the placebo group.

While these findings are promising for people already suffering from CHD, researchers added that it might even be able to help prevent CHD in people who do not already suffer from it.

Researchers at Hammersmith Hospital in London, UK, are currently involved in research to find out whether pomegranate juice could be an effective prevention measure against heart disease in people with healthy arteries.

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