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5 Benefits Of Pomegranate For Heart And Vascular Health

Date February 14, 2018 13:57

Pomegranate has long been considered not only a tasty product but also a wonderful remedy. Modern research confirms its invaluable benefits. The regular use of this fruit will improve the health of your heart and will slow down the aging process. And these are only a few of the benefits of this useful fruit.

Below are 5 reasons why pomegranate should become one of the main products in your diet. If you care about your heart, scroll down and read about the health benefits of this tasty fruit.

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Benefits of pomegranate for the heart

1.  Boosting the work-rate of the heart.

The pomegranate contains polyphenol Punicallagin, which eliminates free radicals and increases the antioxidant status of the body. This substance has a beneficial effect on the heart, and also treats diseases related to inflammation - for example, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's disease, arthritis, and even cancer.

2. Helps counteract atherosclerosis.

Atherosclerosis is a condition in which "bad" cholesterol is deposited on the walls of the blood vessels in the form of plaque. As a consequence, the walls become denser and lose elasticity. The vessels themselves eventually become firm, lose elasticity, and narrow. As a result, this condition can lead to a heart attack or coronary heart disease.

Often, atherosclerosis is diagnosed in its last stages, so it is better to prevent it. Pomegranate juice is a very useful product in this respect. It reduces the risk of atherosclerotic plaque and the density of the arteries.

3. Normalizes blood pressure.

Over the years, high blood pressure destroys arteries and blood vessels by blocking them, which may cause a stroke. Additionally, this condition can lead to heart failure thanks to the heart not being able to pump the required amount of blood. When the pressure is too high, the heart needs to work harder to make the blood circulate. Such a load can weaken and enlarge the chambers of the heart.

Pomegranate can greatly help you cope with this condition. According to a study, when people with hypertension drank 150 ml of pomegranate juice between lunch and dinner for two weeks, there was a decrease in their blood pressure.

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4. Reduces cholesterol.

A high level of "bad" cholesterol in the blood is accompanied by a risk of developing cardiovascular diseases. Pomegranate juice is able to effectively reduce this risk. A study in the International Journal for Vitamin and Nutrition Research scientifically proved this fact.

The study was conducted on patients with diabetes and hyperlipidemia, a condition in which a person's blood contains an abnormally high level of lipids. Participants in the experiment used 40 ml of concentrated juice for 8 weeks. When the indicators were measured, the researchers observed a significantly reduced level of "bad" cholesterol.

5. Improves the blood flow to the heart.

People with coronary artery disease have narrow arteries, which leads to a decrease in the supply of blood and, consequently, a decrease in the oxygen supplied to the heart muscle. When patients with this problem used 240 ml of pomegranate juice daily for 3 months, their blood flow to the heart increased by 17%.

Other benefits of pomegranate

In addition to protecting the heart and blood vessels, pomegranate is useful for other organs too, and it can cure a number of diseases.

  • prevents the development of arthrosis;
  • removes tooth plaque;
  • protects against cancer;
  • boosts immunity;
  • improves digestion;
  • increases hemoglobin;
  • strengthens the hair and nails;
  • helps preserve youthfulness.

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Pomegranate is not recommended:

  • for children up to one year;
  • for people with gout;
  • for people with gastritis, pancreatitis and stomach ulcer;
  • for people with chronic constipation;
  • for pregnant women;
  • when taking certain medications that reduce cholesterol and pressure.

In all other cases, experts strongly recommend using this product.

If you are too lazy to clean a pomegranate, below is a video to help you make this process more enjoyable!

In addition to being delicious, pomegranate helps you take care of your health. If you regularly use this product, you will soon observe its positive influence on your body and will prevent a number of diseases!

Source: Cure Joy, Health Line

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This article is purely for informational purposes. Do not self-medicate, and in all cases consult a certified healthcare professional before using any information presented in the article. The editorial board does not guarantee any results and does not bear any responsibility for harm that may result from using the information stated in the article.

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