Want to try something refreshing and new in your morning smoothie? How about adding some pomegranates to enjoy all the health benefits they can offer? Adding pomegranates to your diet is an important step in maintaining youthfulness, as they're rich in antioxidants. They may also help remove plaque from arteries and reduce your risk of heart disease.
You can save time by using ½ cup of pomegranate juice, or you can do the hard work of peeling and cleaning a whole pomegranate. Both will deliver healthy results. Here are four reasons you should try a pomegranate smoothie today!
- Well-known researcher Dr. Dean Ornish studied what happened when patients with heart disease started consuming eight ounces of pomegranate juice a day. After three months, blood flow improved in those who drank the juice daily.
- Ten patients with clogged arteries drank pomegranate juice for up to three years. The amount of plaque in their arteries decreased and their blood pressure numbers improved.
- In another study, 13 men with high blood pressure drank five ounces of pomegranate juice. Six hours later, their blood pressure readings were reduced by 7 percent. Additionally, they showed signs of better arterial function. The study showed that blood pressure remained relatively low with daily pomegranate consumption.
- Finally, cholesterol was measured in 22 subjects who consumed pomegranate juice for eight weeks. After the testing period, results showed that cholesterol fell significantly.
I tell my patients to eat more pomegranates to take advantage of all these health benefits. While the juice is effective, whole pomegranate seeds provide more fiber. Adding the seeds to a Nutribullet smoothie is easy, tasty, and healthy!
Here are a few nutrient-rich pomegranate smoothies to help get you started!