Few things work better for the heart than pomegranate juice. Rich in antioxidants like polyphenols, tannins, and anthocyanins, its health benefits are at par with red wine, purple grape juice, and black tea. Only trouble is that it is also very high in natural sugar. But research shows that consuming it is an excellent antidote to atherosclerosis, which is one of the leading causes of heart diseases.
Pomegranate juice also works wonders for those with high blood pressure and lesions in the blood vessels. It helps not only heart patients but also type 2 diabetic patients whose fat level is found to be substantially lower. Those who drink pomegranate juice are likely to have fewer heart diseases, reported NNIS.
Pomegranate juice helps in improving the function of blood vessels of the heart by lowering the abdominal fat, high blood cholesterol, hypertension and insulin resistance. The recommended daily dose of pomegranate juice is around 240 milliliters; however the dosage may be adjusted based on the individual’s health condition.
According to a study, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, antioxidants contained in pomegranate juice may help reduce the formation of fatty deposits on artery walls. An antioxidant chemical called poly-phenol present in pomegranate juice helps in retarding atherogenesis.
Pomegranate juice is healthy, only if the drink does not contain added sugar in it. Because the sugar adds more calories to the juice, which is not good for the heart, reported mayoclinic.
On the flip side, pomegranate juice may cause dangerous side effects when it interacts with certain prescription medications, such as the blood thinners like warfarin (Coumadin) and angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, including enalapril (Vasotec), captopril (Capoten), and lisinopril (Zestril, Prinivil) and others.