Daily Pomegranate and Dates Reduces Heart Disease and Oxidative Stress
Authors in the study, “Anti-atherogenic properties of date vs. pomegranate polyphenols: the benefits of the combination,” mention that, “polyphenols in pomegranate and phenolic acids in date fruit and seeds are potent antioxidants and anti-atherogenic agents”. They found that date seed extract contains polyphenols with impressive free radical scavenging capacity and pomegranate juice was loaded with antioxidants. You can read the study here…
The study found that taking both dates and pomegranate together, decreased serum cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and increased serum paraoxonase 1 (PON1) activity, reduced macrophage (MPM) oxidative stress, MPM cholesterol content, and MPM LDL uptake, the PON lactonase and the lipid peroxide content in the aortas of the mice studied.
They conclude that we all can benefit from half a glass of pomegranate juice (4 ounces), together with 3 dates and that ideally we should grind up the date pits and eat them as well, though there is still adequate benefit just from the juice and the dates. Any time you can have a delicious way to reduce oxidative stress and heart disease risk – I think that’s a winning formula for healthy living.