Pomegranates consumption is associated with a wide variety of cardiovascular benefits. For example, based on several research studies, it has been identified that antioxidants present in pomegranates can assist in lowering the blood pressure and getting rid of plaque that forms within the arteries as part of the physiological aging process. Pomegranate also stimulate the production and release of naturally occurring antioxidants within the body like catalase, glutathione and glutathione-peroxidase. Consuming the pomegranate juice also boosts the enzymatic process of eNOS which is responsible for the production of nitric oxide (NO). Nitric oxide is a primary agent that dilates the blood vessels. Therefore, with a shooting blood pressure, nitric oxide can be of great service as it lowers the blood pressure to normal levels and with its dilating properties it can also help in improving the quality of erection.
Try and eat the real fruit (lots of fibre). Second best is freshly squeezed. The worst is pomegranate juice in supermarkets that may contain lots of added sugar and HFCS.
Oral health benefits of pomegranates
Pomegranates contain polyphenols, tannins, ellagic acid and anthocyanins. These compounds are powerful antioxidants. The anthocyanidins (red pigment) also contribute to the antioxidant activity. Pomegranate juice has been shown to have superior bioactivity compared to its purified polyphenols. In several studies, people who took a pomegranate juice mouthwash reduced dental plaque microorganisms by 30%. Pomegranates also can curb overall inflammation, which would lower the risk of inflammatory conditions like stroke or heart attacks.
Pomegranates may help men maintain their physical strength and muscle mass. Researchers from the UK gave pomegranate juice to men to study its effect on their salivary testosterone levels. After two weeks, the participants' testosterone levels increased by an average of 24 percent.
A few compounds extracted from pomegranates have found to be anti-estrogenic. Pomegranates, that contain anti-aromatase phytochemicals reduces the incidence of hormone-dependent breast cancer, according to results of a new study. Ellagic acid found in pomegranates inhibits aromatase, an enzyme that converts testosterone to estrogen.
Aromatase plays a key role in breast carcinogenesis, therefore, the growth of breast cancer is inhibited.
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