May 14, 2010

Why diabetics should drink pomegranate juice

I have more great news on pomegranate products. In my last health alert, I showed you how pomegranate extract can protect your skin from damage the sun causes. Now there's news that pomegranates can protect diabetics from vascular disease. This is important because diabetics are at greater risk of vascular disease.

In this study, researchers wanted to evaluate the effects of concentrated pomegranate juice or extracts on vascular disease markers. They followed 30 diabetics. Here's what they found:

Pomegranate products had a marked beneficial effect on their lipids. And, since HDL cholesterol protects you from oxidative damage, their oxidative stress dropped by 35%! Why would pomegranate help? It has an enzyme called PON1. PON1 helps HDL help you. Pomegranate increased the enzyme's activity by 30%.

Finally, serum thiol levels increased 25%. Thiol includes the all-important glutathione molecule. Higher glutathione levels will protect you from heavy metals, chemicals, and even infectious disease, even viruses.

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The study's conclusion? Pomegranate products can slow atherosclerosis in diabetics.

Pomegranate products are widely available online and in most grocery stores. If you have diabetes, you might consider pomegranate extract or juice. It falls into the category of polyphenol source superfoods. These also include blueberries, cranberries, certain seaweeds (the source of Alginol), green tea, and more. And, you don't have to be diabetic to get the benefits.

I have no doubt that pomegranates, if studied, would trump anything the Pharma snake oil peddlers have for vascular disease. These powerful phytochemicals and polyphenols, are what your body is looking for to restore healthy functions. And, you can't beat the price in comparison to chemical drugs!

Yours for better health and medical freedom,

Ref: J Agric Food Chem, 2008; 56(18): 8704-13.

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