Sweet and healthy!
In the Indian subcontinent’s ancient Ayurveda system of medicine, the pomegranate has extensively been used as a source of traditional remedies for thousands of years.
- In preliminary laboratory research and clinical trials, juice of the pomegranate may be effective in reducing heart disease risk factors, including LDL oxidation, macrophage oxidative status, and foam cell formation.
- In 2011, 32 clinical trials were registered with the Indian National Institute of Health to examine effects of pomegranate extracts or juice consumption on a list of diseases including prostate cancer, prostatic hyperplasia, diabetes, lymphoma, rhinovirus infection, common cold, oxidative stress in diabetic hemodialysis, atherosclerosis, coronary artery disease, infant brain injury and hemodialysis for kidney disease.
- One pilot study in adult subjects found that daily consumption of pomegranate juice over two weeks increased salivary testosterone levels by 24% and had other beneficial effects on blood pressure, mood, anxiety or emotions.