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I have been drinking pomegranate juice every morning.

Q. Dear Terry, “I have been drinking pomegranate juice every morning. However, my friend pointed out that it contains a lot of sugar. I am pre-diabetic so I want to avoid extra sugar when possible. Is there anything else I can take that will have similar benefits?” — Cassie L., Boulder, CO

A. Dear Cassie, While pomegranate juice has become a huge hit, you are right in being concerned about the sugar content. With so much added sugar, it can be difficult to consume enough juice every day to have a truly therapeutic value, and not have an adverse effect on blood sugar levels. Plus, if you’re only drinking the juice, you’re missing out on some of the most important compounds in pomegranates.

Research has shown that the best results come from a combination of pomegranate fruit and seed oil – the only known botanical source of omega-5 fatty acid, also known as punicic acid. Omega-5 from pomegranate seed oil has the ability to inhibit both estrogen-sensitive and estrogen-insensitive breast cancer cells. Pomegranate can also help decrease inflammation linked to cancerous changes in the colon.

Whether you’re concerned about reducing the potential of cancer, stocking up your antioxidant defenses, strengthening the cardiovascular and immune systems, reducing inflammation, or simply supporting the millions of tasks your body must perform each day, a strong pomegranate seed oil combined with fruit extract is a very powerful choice.

Instead of pomegranate juice, look for a combination of pomegranate fruit extract and seed oil. That way you receive the amazing power of pomegranate, without the sugar, calories, or mess of drinking the juice or eating the fruit. I would take a pomegranate fruit extract and seed oil once a day for the maintenance of good health.

Additionally, I think you could benefit from the botanical Hintonia latiflora. This ingredient has been studied in Europe for over 60 years and has shown great promise for pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes. In clinical studies, Hintonia latiflora was combined with synergistic ingredients like vitamin C, vitamin E, thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin B6, folic acid, vitamin B12, biotin, zinc, and chromium. Together, these ingredients were shown to lower A1C levels by 10%, improve fasting and postprandial blood sugar by 23% and 24% respectively, balance total cholesterol and reduce triglyceride levels, prevent hypoglycemia, and reduce medication use. I would take these ingredients with each meal.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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