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We know that pomegranate packs a punch against prostate cancer. Now research shows that the colourful purple pomegranate also improves blood flow to the heart and reduces buildup of plaque in the arteries, increasing cardiovascular health.

We know that pomegranate packs a punch against prostate cancer. Now research shows that the colourful purple pomegranate also improves blood flow to the heart and reduces buildup of plaque in the arteries, increasing cardiovascular health.

Pomegranate juice contains polyphenols and other antioxidants that researchers have proven beneficial for prostate health. Well-publicized results of the first clinical trial of pomegranate juice in men with prostate cancer were published in Clinical Cancer Research in 2006.

Proven for Prostate

The trial involved 50 men who had received surgery or radiation for prostate cancer, but were identified as at risk for further recurrence. Researchers measured the rate of time it took for the men’s prostate-specific antigen (PSA) to double, indicating a potential progression of the condition.

Men who consumed 8 ounces (250 mL) of pomegranate juice daily were able to delay their PSA doubling time from an average of 15 months to an average of 54 months (four and a half years). Some men in the study had suppressed PSA levels after three years, despite having no other treatment than the daily pomegranate juice.

Helps Your Heart, Too

Now researchers in California have shown that drinking 7.5 oz (240 mL) of pomegranate juice daily increased blood flow to the heart and could help prevent heart disease. The juice was shown to have no negative effect on weight gain or blood sugar levels.

Fortunately, this fruit juice is available year-round at supermarkets and health food stores. Try it in this month’s delicious dessert and fruit punch.

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