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Pomegranate Juice Doesn't Slow Down Hardening of the Arteries in Healthy People

October 15, 2009

New clinical research just published showed that drinking pomegranate juice didn't slow down hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis) in subjects who are otherwise healthy and don't have cholesterol problems.

This was an 18 month long randomized, double-blinded study involving 146 males and females ranging in age from 45 to 74 years old. The study was well-designed. This is an important point. The quality of the results from the study is directly related to how well it was designed.

However, don't discount eating berry fruits so fast! The researchers did notice that in those subjects who suffered from higher oxidative stress and high cholesterol, it may have slowed down atherosclerosis a bit.

Since atherosclerosis is a progressive disease that takes years to decades to show up, a study lasting only 18 months may not be able detect this slight change. The lead researcher Davidson knew this and worded his statement carefully.

Since berry fruits, including acai, possess potent antioxidants that can protect the cells from damage by free radicals, we recommend adding fruits as part of your diet.
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