Pomegranate fruit extract
Pomegranate (Punica granatum) originated in North Africa and the Middle East and is now found throughout the world. In the eighteenth century, it was brought to California by the Spanish. Pomegranate juice is a rich source of polyphenols, tannins, and anthocyanins (OPC). It has antioxidant and antiatherosclerotic properties. Animal studies have shown that polyphenolic antioxidants inhibit the oxidation of LDL cholesterol, and reduce atherosclerosis, the accumulation of plaque on arterial walls, which can increase the risk of cardiovascular problems such as heart attack and stroke. It has been suggested that pomegranates combat atherosclerosis by stimulating the enzyme activity of paraoxonase (PON) and HDL-associated protein. Pomegranate increases PON activity in patients with high cholesterol and diabetes.
Therapeutic Actions: For temporary relief of symptoms associated with cardiovascular disease, including atherosclerosis, improved blood flow, LDL oxidation, and high blood pressure. High antioxidant activity (ORAC value=3186). Laboratory research suggests pomegranate may be effective for cancer prevention, diabetes, neurological health, osteoarthritis, women's health, and has anti-infective properties and blood pressure lowering effects. Often used to support Prostate health.
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