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The ancient Egyptians used to call the pomegranate the fruit of prosperity and ambition. Not only is pomegranate one of the few fruits whose juice as well as seeds are beneficial. Now new research has surfaced which says that pomegranate juice has the power to cut the fat around the stomach – considerably. Pomegranates are packed with antioxidants. Doctors explain that these are vitamins and enzymes known for keeping low-density lipoprotein, also called bad cholesterol, from oxidizing. In a study conducted in Europe volunteers who consumed a bottle of pomegranate juice daily were found to be less likely to develop fatty cells around their abdomen. The results were visible in a month. That is not all. The super fruit is also known to reduce the inflammation of arthritis by slowing down the enzymes that break down cartilage in human body. Daily Mail, a leading British paper, carried out a report a few ways back detailing that regular intake of Pom juice lowers blood pressure, therefore reducing the risk of heart attacks, strokes and kidney disease. Pomegranate has a long association with the Middle East. Native to Iran, it is widely cultivated throughout Iraq, Lebanon, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Jordan and the Mediterranean region. The fruit – along with dark berries and watermelon – has been consumed as natural sunburn protectors. Low in Saturated fat and cholesterol, Poms are a good source of dietary fiber and an excellent source of Vitamins C and K. What has brought the attention right back on the fruit is the extensive researchers at the University of Edinburgh, where scientists concluded that pomegranate juice may lower the amount of fatty acid in the blood known as nonesterified fatty acid or NEFA. Older studies in humans and animals have shown that high NEFA level can lead to greater storage of fat around the abdomen as well as an increased risk of heart disease and Type II diabetes. In a series of experiments, groups of men and women were given a 500ml bottle of pomegranate juice to drink every day for four weeks.

Surprisingly researchers found that nearly half of all volunteers had much lower NEFA levels by the end of the trial. They believe that this would make them less likely to store fat around their stomach. Emad Aldujaili and Catherine Tsang, lead researchers at Edinburgh University’s School of Health Sciences, said: “There is no doubt that pomegranate juice is beneficial in reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease because our results showed a significant and consistent lowering of blood pressure.”Please note that eating pomegranates might interfere with certain medications in the same way that grapefruit juice does. Make sure to consult your doctor about any drug interactions.

 





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