What are pomegranates good for? Researchers report that they are rich in antioxidants that can keep bad LDL cholesterol from oxidizing (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, May 2000).
As we have learned, Antioxidants are a group of vitamins, minerals, and enzymes that help protect the body from forming free radicals. Free radicals are atoms or groups of atoms that can damage the cells, impairing the immune system and leading to infections and various degenerative diseases. Examples of antioxidants: Vitamins A, C, and E, Gamma Linoleic Acid (GLA), selenium to name a few and Pomegranates are loaded with these!
This degradation of LDL seems to be an initial step in the development of atherosclerosis - involving fatty deposits (atheromas) inside the arterial walls, thus narrowing the arteries- In addition, pomegranate juice, like aspirin, can help keep blood platelets from clumping together to form unwanted clots.
A study of people for three months who drank pomegranate juice showed positive results in the amount of oxygen getting to the heart muscle of patients with coronary heart disease (American Journal of the College of Cardiology, Sept. 2005). Other researchers report that long-term consumption of pomegranate juice may help combat erectile dysfunction (Journal of Urology, July 2005).
Investigators are also excited about the possibility that pomegranate compounds might prevent prostate cancer or slow its growth. In mice, treatment with pomegranate extract delayed the development of tumors and improved survival (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Sept. 26, 2005). Other research reports suggest that pomegranate juice might help reduce the risk of breast cancer.
Arthritis – The pomegranate helps build tissue cultures of human cartilage cells respond to pomegranate extract.
Other areas the pomegranate helps:
Fights Breast Cancer Studies in Israel show that pomegranate juice destroys breast cancer cells while leaving healthy cells alone. It may also prevent breast cancer cells from forming.
Lung Cancer Prevention Studies in mice show that pomegranate juice may inhibit the development of lung cancer.
Slows Prostate Cancer It slowed the growth of prostate cancer in mice.
Keeps PSA Levels Stable In a study of 50 men who had undergone treatment for prostate cancer, 8 ounces of pomegranate juice per day kept PSA levels stable, reducing the need for further treatment such as chemotherapy or hormone therapy.
Protects the Neonatal Brain Studies show that maternal consumption of pomegranate juice may protect the neonatal brain from damage after injury.
Prevention of Osteoarthritis Several studies indicate that pomegranate juice may prevent cartilage deterioration.
Protects the Arteries It prevents plaque from building up in the arteries and may reverse previous plaque buildup.
Alzheimer's Disease Prevention It may prevent and slow Alzheimer's disease. In one study, mice bred to develop Alzheimer's disease were given pomegranate juice. They accumulated significantly less amyloid plaque than control mice and they performed mental tasks better.
Lowers Cholesterol It lowers LDL (bad cholesterol) and raises HDL (good cholesterol).
Lowers Blood Pressure One study showed that drinking 1.7 ounces of pomegranate juice per day lowered systolic blood pressure by as much as 5 percent.
Dental Protection Research suggests that drinking pomegranate juice may be a natural way to prevent dental plaque.
According to the Pomegranate Council, 1/2 cup of raw pomegranate has 80 calories, 17 carbs, and 0 grams of fat. In general, the pomegranate is a great resource toyou’re your daily dosage of a very positive and effective antioxidant.