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Pomegranates - One of nature's best antioxidants

4 December, 2011

The virtues of pomegranates--the beautiful, ruby-colored fruits cultivated in Israel since Biblical times--go far beyond taste. Pomegranates offer nutritional benefits that protect the body and promote health. We’ve chosen them to play a starring role in Galilee Nutritionals’ Super Antioxidant formula. Four separate plant-based chemicals, called polyphenols, are packed into pomegranates. These polyphenols can lower blood pressure and prevent cholesterol from turning into artery-clogging plaque.

The Two Sides of Oxygen

Oxygen is essential for human life. It’s in the air we breathe, and it helps our bodies to carry out important processes.

But oxygen molecules that are not bound to anything else can cause damage to cells and tissues, just like oxygen in the air can cause rust. These loose oxygen molecules are called free radicals. The human body is exposed to them in the environment and from our choices in food or activities. Sunlight, cigarette smoke, alcoholic beverages and high-fat, highly-processed foods all create free radicals at increased rates. Free radicals can cause DNA damage and oxidized cells may not operate properly.

The Power of Antioxidants

The pomegranate’s polyphenols act as antioxidants. Antioxidants shield human cells and tissue from harm by attaching to free radicals. Once the antioxidants are bound to the free radicals, the free radicals cannot damage cells or tissues. In addition to turning away from unhealthy foods and activities, we can further protect our health by increasing our consumption of antioxidants.

Researchers have found four separate compounds in pomegranates that give the human body a protective boost:

  • Anthocyanins
  • Ellagic acid
  • Gallic acid
  • Punicalagin

Investigations into these polyphenols have shown that they can decrease blood pressure and even prevent oxidation of LDL cholesterol. LDL is the “bad” cholesterol—when oxidized, it settles in the blood vessels as gummy plaque. Plaque buildup in the blood vessels constricts them and can cause heart disease, including heart attack and stroke.

Concentrated Goodness

Pomegranate seeds and juice, though delicious, can be messy, seasonal and difficult to find. Plus they come with sugar and calories. Skip the inconvenience of fresh pomegranates and the cost and calories of pomegranate juice--but enjoy the health benefits with Galilee Nutritionals’ Super Antioxidant formula. The pomegranate concentrate in a single capsule delivers the equivalent of 3 to 5 whole fruits!

Fight free radicals with natural antioxidant power, derived from the amazing pomegranate and concentrated to super efficiency.

 

 
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