The Number One Fruit For Better Heart Health
By Kevin DiDonato MS, CSCS, CES
Including more fruits and vegetables into your diet has been shown to increase your antioxidant levels.
And this could reduce free radical levels and their associated damage.
Pomegranates, which contain an abundance of nutrients, including vitamins and minerals, could potentially increase your antioxidant levels.
And they could aid in weight management and lower your cholesterol.
Let me explain…
Pomegranates are a low-calorie, fat-free, and cholesterol-free food.
Found in warmer climates, pomegranates contain many beneficial vitamins and minerals that are necessary for optimal health.
One serving of pomegranates (100 grams) contains about the same amount of calories as a small apple.
Plus, they contain high levels of soluble and insoluble fiber, which will keep your digestive system in check.
This is why, in combination with a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, pomegranates should be added to improve weight loss and reduce cholesterol levels.
Pomegranates contain high amounts of Vitamin C, which could help improve immunity and your body’s ability to fight nasty bacteria that can make you sick.
Plus, they contain plenty of minerals such as calcium, copper, and potassium which could be vital to your health.
Pomegranates also contain a powerful polyphenol, which could improve heart health and stop the production of free radicals.
Punicalagin, a powerful polyphenol found in pomegranates, is a water soluble nutrient, which could improve its availability.
However, the most promising benefits of pomegranates could be associated with heart health.
Oxidative stress and damage associated with free radicals can cause many cellular changes in your body.
Free radicals could start the inflammatory process, which some researchers pinpoint as the starting point for many disease processes.
Heart disease, one disease that gets its start from inflammation, is characterized by increased oxidized LDL levels.
And these oxidized LDL molecules are then ingested by macrophages.
By oxidizing LDLs, it makes it easier for the macrophages to take up the LDL cholesterol.
The end product is a foam cell which is the earliest indicator of heart disease.
Antioxidants found in pomegranates have the potential to decrease the oxidation of LDLs which could lead to a reduction in macrophages and foam cells.
It was also noted that punicalagin could be the main driving force behind reduced oxidative stress caused by free radical damage.
Pomegranates and Your Health
Pomegranates contain powerful antioxidants which could increase your health and well-being.
The antioxidants, according to clinical research, may reduce cholesterol, improve blood pressure, and drastically improve your heart health.
Including pomegranates or pomegranate juice to a sound diet, suggests certain research, may increase your total antioxidant levels.
And this could potentially lead to a life with a reduced risk for heart disease.
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Viuda-Martos, M. Fernandez-Lopez, J. Perez-Alvares, JA. Pomegranate and its Many Functional Components as Related To Human Health: A Review. Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety. 2010. Vol. 9(6): pp. 635-654.
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