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By Dr. Leo Galland, M.D., and Jonathan Galland

CBN.com With big health benefits and a delicious sweet and tart flavor, pomegranate juice could be your body’s new best friend. This wonderful juice is squeezed from the fruit of  a ruby red pomegranate.

Interest in pomegranates stems from the high concentration of antioxidants that accompanies the sweetness of its juice. Pomegranate juice has been in more clinical trials than any fruit juice. These studies have shown that daily consumption of pomegranate juice, about 8 ounces a day for three months or more may help:

  1. Reduce dangerous LDL-cholesterol
  2. Lower blood pressure
  3. Improve blood flow
  4. Reduce thickening of the arteries
  5. Increase antioxidant activity in the blood

Pomegranate juice may also help maintain the health of blood vessels in several ways:

  1. Reversing a process called LDL-oxidation. LDL, which stands for low-density lipoprotein, is the major protein responsible for transporting cholesterol in your blood and depositing cholesterol in the walls of blood vessels. The level of oxidized LDL in blood is emerging as a leading risk factor for cardiovascular disease.
  2. Decreasing inflammation in the lining of blood vessels. Inflammation can contribute to atherosclerosis and hardening of the arteries.

In studies, unsweetened pomegranate juice has been more effective than any single component. Not only does pomegranate juice contain potent phenolic antioxidants, like other brightly colored fruits, but pomegranate juice contains unique complex sugars that may be anti-inflammatory on their own.

In The Fat Resistance Diet, we use only pure unsweetened pomegranate juice in our recipes and meal plans. Juice mixtures that add pomegranate to white grape juice not only dilute, but may even counteract, the pomegranate effect. To help get the benefits of pomegranate, try enjoying an 8-ounce glass of unsweetened pomegranate juice per day.

Get a free one day meal plan with recipes by visiting Dr. Galland’s website at www.fatresistancediet.com/trial/

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Dr. Leo Galland is a board-certified internist who received his education at Harvard University and the New York University School of Medicine. He has held faculty positions at New York University, Rockefeller University, the State University of New York, and the University of Connecticut.  Interviews with Dr. Galland and articles about his work have been featured in Newsweek, Reader's Digest, Self, Bazaar, Men's Fitness, The New York Times,  The Washington Post, and many other publications. He has written three highly acclaimed popular books, The Fat Resistance Diet, Power Healing, and Superimmunity for Kids.

Jonathan Galland is a health writer for newspapers, magazines, and major news Web sites. He is frequently interviewed as a weight loss and health expert on the radio and has appeared on Martha Stewart Living Radio. His work has been featured on the cover of Fitness, Glamour, and Women's World and in publications such as The Washington Post, Body and Soul, Self, and The Wall Street Journal. Jonathan is co-author of The Fat Resistance Diet, with his father Leo Galland, M.D. Their book has been translated and published in Italy as La Dieta Galland and in Japan as Dr. Galland’s Metabolic Diet.

This article is provided for general educational purposes only and is not intended to constitute medical advice or counseling, the practice of medicine or the provision of health care diagnosis or treatment, the creation of a physician-patient relationship, or an endorsement, recommendation, or sponsorship of any third party product or service by the sender or the sender's affiliates, agents, employees, or service providers. If you have or suspect that you have a medical problem, contact your doctor promptly.

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