Pomegranate extract may be beneficial for reducing blood pressure and may also have some atheroprotective properties, according to an article in the peer reviewed Journal of Medicinal Food.
The study was comprised of 33 hemodialysis patients, who have increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease. The subjects were randomized into two groups; one taking 1000mg of pomegranate extract versus one taking a placebo. Both groups used the treatment daily for 6 months.
By the conclusion of the study systolic blood pressure (SBP) and diastolic blood pressure (DBP) decreased by 13% in the group receiving pomegranate extract. The placebo group registered no changes in SBP or DBP. Those in the pomegranate group, whose mean arterial pressure was higher (>109mmHg) before the study, showed a decrease of 32% in SBP, while those in the lower mean arterial pressure group (<109mmHg) had an increase in SBP of 4%.
Although positive effects were found on blood pressure between the two groups, there were no marked differences in inflammation, oxidative strength, or muscle strength.
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