A new study published in the journal Atherosclerosis outlines pomegranate’s power when it comes to cardiovascular health. The study confirmed that pomegranate extract may prevent and/or reverse the primary pathology associated with cardiac mortality: the progressive thickening of the coronary arteries caused by the accumulation of fatty materials known as atherosclerosis.
Pomegranate was found to not only improve blood flow in the cardiovascular system of heart patients but also helped to lower inflammation and high blood pressure. Pomegranates aid in decreasing excess triglycerides, which form as a result of a diet high in processed foods. Removing these excess triglycerides may help to ward off heart attacks and various heart problems.
In the study, scientists used laboratory mice with a genetic susceptibility towards spontaneous coronary artery blockages. They were given pomegranate extract, which was added to their drinking water.
11 ways to maximize your health with pomegranates
- Pomegranate reduces body fat. According to a study from the University of Edinburgh, pomegranates can help reduce visceral fat (the most dangerous kind of fat).
- Prevention of heart disease due to the high content of the antioxidants.
- Reduction of bad LDL cholesterol levels.
- Helping in reducing the plaque deposits in the arteries and prevent clotting of blood.
- According to the researchers, it was proven that regular consumption of pomegranate is effective against prostate cancer, breast cancer, diabetes, and lymphoma.
- It’s rich in vitamin C and in that way it can fight any kind of infections.
- Due to the anti-inflammatory properties, it brings down the inflammation.
- It’s great for your teeth due to the antibacterial compounds which can be helpful in preventing dental plaque.
- Pomegranate regenerates liver. Pomegranate juice is able to regenerate your liver after it has been damaged.
- Pomegranate protects DNA as a result of the phytonutrients and antioxidants that interact with your DNA to protect it.
- Pediatric research published a study which says that drinking pomegranate juice during pregnancy helps protect newborns brains during traumatic births.
How to select
Pick it up. A ripe pomegranate should feel heavy for its size; an indication that the seeds are full and juicy. Look for an angular shape and firm skin. Good pomegranate has rich color and has no cuts or blemishes.
How to store
Pomegranate can be stored in a cool and dry place for up to one month. It can last for about two months if kept refrigerated.
How to prepare
First of all, slice off the top. Then score the skin in quarters and open it up. After that, put each quarter underwater and use your fingers to ream the seeds from the inside. The seeds sink and the white membrane floats. Pour off the membranes so the seeds remain. Besides eating the seeds raw, you can also use them as garnishes for salads and desserts.