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I heard that pomegranates are really good for the heart and other things in the body.

Q. Dear Terry, “I heard that pomegranates are really good for the heart and other things in the body. I love the taste, but they are so messy to eat. Are pomegranate supplements ok to use instead?”– Sasha K.., Enchanted Hills, NM

A. Dear Sasha, Pomegranates have been revered by ancient and modern cultures for their health benefits. Pomegranate trees were one of the first to be cultivated, dating back as far as 3,000 BC. The fruit has become popular in recent years because it’s a very strong antioxidant that can support the cardiovascular system, reduce inflammation, protect joint cartilage, and can help people with blood sugar issues.

Eating pomegranates is one way to obtain the numerous health promoting compounds in this fruit. Some people prefer the juice, but it can be very high in sugar and calories. There is an easier, more effective and more convenient way to consume pomegranate – by taking an extract of pomegranate fruit and seed oil. Research shows that the best results come when taking pomegranate fruit and seed oil together. Pomegranates are the only known botanical source of the omega-5 fatty acid, also known as punicic acid.

Pomegranate seed and fruit extract helps to decrease inflammation and oxidative stress in our cardiovascular system. Pomegranate can decrease LDL cholesterol aggregation, lower blood pressure, and boost the body’s ability to protect LDL cholesterol from oxidation.

Additionally, pomegranate is able to target many of the pathways involved with breast, prostate, and colon cancer. Pomegranate also helps to protect against UV damage, so it may be helpful in the prevention of skin cancer.

I would take pomegranate that contains both the fruit extract and seed oil, once or twice daily.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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