Pomegranate juice offers health benefits for diabetics

August 31, 2006 in Diabetes & Diabetes Prevention, Nutrition Topics in the News

Pomegranate juice offers health benefits for diabetics

A new study from researchers at Rappaport Family Institute for Research in the Medical Sciences and Rambam Medical Center in Haifa, Israel have found that pomegranate juice could offer health benefits for diabetics, despite the juice containing significant sugar concentrations.

The findings, published in the journal Atherosclerosis, found that sugars contained in pomegranate juice, although similar in content to those found in other fruit juices, did not worsen diabetes (including blood sugar levels), and even cut the risk of atherosclerosis. Researchers found that the sugars in pomegranate juice are attached to unique antioxidants, which actually make these sugars protective against atherosclerosis.
Constantly raised glucose levels are lined to hardening of blood vessels which leads to cardiovascular disease and stroke.

The researchers report that subjects who drank 50 ml of pomegranate juice everyday for three months experienced a reduced risk of atherosclerosis.  According to the Canadian Diabetes Association more than 2 million Canadian currently have diabetes, with this number expected to rise to 3 million by the end of the decade.

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