|Published : 16 Apr 2017, 12:31:13|
Pomegranate juice, the super antioxidant!
Pomegranate has some very beneficial health effects, including lowering the blood pressure. The evidence comes from a meta-analysis of eight randomised placebo controlled studies — and those are the gold standard in terms of investigational clinical research.
The researchers took a look at the average systolic and diastolic blood pressure levels in those who were either drinking pomegranate juice or not drinking it. The systolic blood pressure levels are the higher number — the one around 120 millimeters of mercury (mmHg) — and the lower number is the diastolic number (80mmHg on average).
They found drinking pomegranate juice reduced systolic blood pressure by nearly 5mmHg, and diastolic blood pressure by 2 mmHg. It’s a lot harder to bring that diastolic blood pressure down, they admitted.
To get the diastolic blood pressure, one has to drink more than three glasses a day, and for a sustained period of time.
Pomegranate juice is rich in antioxidant polyphenols, which can reverse atherosclerosis as well as vascular inflammation, and thereby lower blood pressure. It has other anti-inflammatory effects, and most of the effects can occur quickly, after drinking as little as 5 ounces a day for only two weeks.
The anti-inflammatory properties can also inhibit the growth of cancer cells, including breast and prostate, and also control the inflammation associated with arthritis. The juice also controls the inflammation around the dental gingival border, which reduces gingivitis and periodontitis, in part because pomegranate juice also has an anti-bacterial capability as well.
Pomegranate juice also seems to help verbal and visual memory in the elderly, who are drinking as much as eight ounces of juice daily over a period of time.
Pomegranate juice actually does seem to help. It lowers the blood pressure, reduces inflammatory reactions in joints around your teeth, can help limit cancer cell growth, and can even help the mind, noted the journal Pharmacological Research.