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November 28, 2004

Pomegranates hailed as a super-food which can protect the heart.

Topics: Medicine

Posted by Anti-Aging and Science Blog, from BBC News, Nov 28:

Pomegranates hailed as a super-food which can protect the heart.:
"Pomegranates have been revered through history Pomegranates are being hailed as a super-food which can protect the heart.

Scientists in Israel have shown that drinking a daily glass of the fruit's juice can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. 'Pomegranate juice contains the highest antioxidant capacity compared to other juices, red wine and green tea,' said Professor Michael Aviram, who led the team.

This is good news, for antioxidants are the naturally occurring substances in plants that protect the body from free radicals - 'bad' chemicals in the blood. Free radicals alter cholesterol in a process known as oxidation, which is thought to speed up the hardening of the arteries.

In studies at the Rambam Medical Center in Haifa, the juice of the fruit was found to slow down cholesterol oxidation by almost half, and reduce the retention of LDL. That is the 'bad' cholesterol which forms atherosclerotic lesions, the fatty deposits which narrow the arteries and lead to heart disease.  Read More...

Posted by Hyscience at November 28, 2004 11:41 AM



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