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Could drinking pomegranate juice prevent a heart attack?

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Super food? Pomegranate juice could help prevent heart disease, research suggests Photo: Alamy

Scientists say that half a glass pomegranate juce and three dates a day an boost heart health

By Leah Hyslop

Pomegranates have been shown to reduce stress, fight arthritis and even help with impotence. Now, a study suggests that just a daily half-glass of the super-fruit’s juice could protect against heart attacks and strokes, too.

Researchers at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology examined mice with high cholesterol, as well as lab-grown arterial cells, in a trial.

The team found that consumption of pomegranate juice and dates dramatically slowed down the rate of therosclerosis – the build-up of fatty substances in the arteries which can cause a heart attack or stroke. Overall, arterial cholesterol content decreased by 28 per cent.

The high levels of different antioxidants in the two fruits are believed to provide the perfect combination to help fight heart disase, with the team recommending that people consume half a glass of pomegranate juice (around 115ml), together with three dates every day to benefit.

Although the regime sounds easy, many of the most powerful antioxidants are stored in the […]