Pomegranates - The New Viagra!?

Pomegranates are an interesting food that is packed full of healthy benefits. Most studies done use the pomegranate juice and this is the easiest for people to acquire, so most of this information is based on the juice.

Pomegranate and pomegranate juice is rich in polyphenol (plant) antioxidants that helps keep bad cholesterol from oxidizing. This is important since this is the first stage of atherosclerosis. In addition, ounce for ounce, they neutralize 54% more free radicals than red wine. It is believed this may be due to pomegranate containing more per ounce and these antioxidants are more powerful than those found in red wine.

Pomegranate juice seems to keeps blood platelets from clumping. Along with preventing plaque build-up, studies indicate it can even reverse plaque build-up. One study in Israel showed arterial plaque decreased 30% for patients with clogged arteries, compared to 9% increase in plaque for placebo group. They drank 8 ounces daily for 1 year, but this is better than a clogged artery! Another study showed that just 1.7 ounces per day lowered blood pressure by up to 5%.

In addition, pomegranate juice may help prevent brain plaque from building up which is a risk factor for Alzheimers. It may also be a natural way to prevent dental plaque. So it seems to be good at keeping your body fluids in all areas moving, which keeps toxins moving out and not building up.

On top of all this, pomegranate juice has been shown to reduce cartilage deterioration, may help prevent prostate cancer and reduce the risk of breast cancer. It lowers bad cholesterol while raising good and last - but definitely not least... Long-term consumption may combat erectile dysfunction. So enjoy your cup a day!

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