Pomegranates are known for their numerous health benefits, many of which have been studied extensively in clinical research. They are rich in anthocyanosides which are known to assist with producing strong blood vessels thus improving circulation, along with a large number of polyphenols, compounds that function as antioxidants that protect cells and reduce inflammation. The consumption of these appears to lead to a reduced risk of various illnesses including heart disease, diabetes, cognitive decline, and other degenerative disorders.
The clinically-tested benefits of pomegranate are well-known and appear to be very promising for various aspects of health.
Each part of the fruit appears to have its own medicinal benefits. For example:
- The Flower has been found to improve heavy menstrual bleeding (see study)
- The Peel has been found to improve symptoms of Ulcerative Colitis (see study)
- The Juice (from the seeds) has been found to improve heart health, oral health and inflammation (see study)
When it comes to heart health, Pomegranate juice has been found to be specifically useful for:
- Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
- Triglycerides levels
- Cholesterol levels
Pomegranate Juice Clinical Studies
1. In a clinical investigation study on hypertensive patients, pomegranate juice showed acute hypotensive properties. A significant reduction was seen in both systolic and diastolic blood pressure. (See Study)
2. In another clinical study on 21 hypertensive patients, consumption of pomegranate juice was associated with a significant reduction in systolic blood pressure, diastolic blood pressure, and vascular endothelial adhesion molecule 1 (VCAM-1). The study demonstrated effective hypotensive effects and was suggestive of improved endothelial function. (see study)
3. In another study, atherosclerotic patients with carotid artery stenosis who consumed pomegranate juice over the course of 3 years demonstrated a reduction in systolic blood pressure as well as carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT) by up to 30%. In the control group (whom did not consume pomegranate juice), there was an increase in CIMT by 9% after one year. *CIMT indicates the extent of carotid atherosclerotic vascular disease.* (See Study)
4. In a double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized clinical trial on pomegranate juice consumption in hemodialysis patients, there was significant improvement of cardiovascular risk factors including systolic blood pressure, pulse pressure, triglycerides and HDL levels. (See Study)
How to use Pomegranate Juice?
The easiest way to use Pomegranate Juice is to simply drink the fresh juice. In studies, 8 ounces or around 230-250 ml were used with patients. So basically, one glass of juice a day.
There are pomegranate juice powders, however, you need to make sure there are no added ingredients that may be harmful such as maltodextrin. As a general rule, Pomegranate juice powder (not an “extract”, just regular juice powder) at a dose of 5 grams is equal to one glass of juice.
I personally use -> this product and have found it to be very beneficial.
You may supplement with extracts of pomegranate juice, however, there are various products out there with various potencies therefore one should only do that as per the guidance of their healthcare practitioner.
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by Dr. Nishal R.
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