Updated: Feb 11, 2021
Searching for a great source of antioxidants? Consider adding pomegranate juice as part of your daily routine for a healthy heart!
Pomegranate juice contains excellent antioxidant components, such as tannins and anthocyanins, which helps to protect against free radicals and oxidation of bad cholesterol (Low Density Lipoprotein, LDL) and good cholesterol (High Density Lipoprotein, HDL). These positive reactions help to reduce plaque build on the inner walls of arteries (atherosclerosis).
The effect of pomegranate juice was assessed in a 2013 study consisting of 45 patients with a history of coronary heart disease (CHD) who were assigned to an experimental group vs a control group. The experimental group was given 240 mL of pomegranate juice daily for a period of 90 days. The end result indicated reduction of stress-induced ischemia (inadequate blood supply to the heart muscle) in the experimental group compared to the control group.
In a separate study consisting of 73 patients with at least one cardiovascular risk factor showed consumption of 240 mL of pomegranate juice daily over the course of 1 year showed increased arterial elasticity compared to the placebo group, thereby aiding in the reduction of blood pressure.
Worried about your personal or family history of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus? Fear not! Another study consisting of patients with type-2 diabetes who consumed pomegranate juice were noted to have reduction of fasting glucose levels compared to the control group. It is encouraged, however, to be mindful of the calorie intake and consider reducing consumption to 2-3 oz of pomegranate juice daily.
Aviram, M. “Pomegranate for Your Cardiovascular Health.” Rambam Maimonides Medical Journal, Apr. 30, 2013, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3678830/. Accessed 6 Jun, 2020.
Daniells, S. “Antioxidant-rich Pomegranate Juice May Aid Blood Sugar Management for Diabetics: Human Data.” NutraIngredients-USA, Aug. 24, 2014, https://www.nutraingredients-usa.com/Article/2014/08/25/Antioxidant-rich-pomegranate-juice-may-aid-blood-sugar-management-for-diabetics-Human-data#. Accessed 6 Jun, 2020.