Pomegranates and Heart Health

Pomegranates help prevent plaque build-up

Antioxidants were first linked to hardening of the arteries by 1954 Nobel Laureate, chemist Linus Pauling. More recently, the findings of Prof. Aviram’s research team showed that pomegranate juice favorably tips the cholesterol balance. It was shown to decrease LDL (bad cholesterol that promotes build-up of plaque) and increase HDL (good cholesterol) by 20% in humans, while oxidation of LDL, believed by many researchers to be a major cause of heart disease, was reduced by up to 90%.

Pomegranates help reduce existing arterial plaque

Research findings have shown that consumption of pomegranate juice significantly reduces the size of arterial plaque. Nineteen subjects aged 65 to 75 suffering severe carotid artery stenosis (70%-90% percent blockage from plaque build-up) were given 50ml of concentrated, pasteurized pomegranate juice daily (the equivalent of 8.3 ounces of 100% pomegranate juice). After one year, plaque build-up was reduced by 35%, while in the control group it increased.

Pomegranates reduce hypertension

In research conducted over a three year period, Prof. Aviram’s team showed that pomegranate juice significantly lowers systolic blood pressure in hypertensive patients in just two weeks.

For heart health, research teams conclude: Due to its antioxidant properties, pomegranate juice can offer wide protection against cardiovascular disease