Pomegranates reduce inflammation and chronic disease risk

I love a cool glass of pomegranate juice. It tastes delicious and, unlike a can of soda, it provides plenty of antioxidants. Now researchers have found the fruit may reduce inflammation, which has been linked to several conditions like heart disease, osteoporosis and Alzheimer’s.

A recent study released in the Journal of Inflammation, showed that a polyphenol-rich pomegranate fruit extract can prevent the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines (molecules used in cellular communication.) In the study, researchers incubated isolated cells with pomegranate extract. If the fruit has the same anti-inflammatory effect on humans, it may offer possible relief for arthritis sufferers, according to researchers. Supporting studies also indicate antioxidants may have a powerful effect in reducing the risk of prostate cancer.

Drinking pomegranate juice not your thing? There are plenty of easy ways to incorporate antioxidants from the superfruit into your diet by spicing up some salsa or sprinkling it on salads.

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