31 October 2011
Pomegranates can help to improve heart problems and circulation, according to one expert body.
Dorian Dugmore, president of Wellness International, suggested that the fruit can help to reduce heart problems and cardiovascular disease by improving the inner linings of the arteries and producing nitric oxide. The effects can help circulation and smooth the inside of the blood vessels.
Mr Dugmore, who has been working in cardiovascular medicine and wellness for 30 years and has written extensively on health, exercise and heart disease, said that the nitric oxide produced by the pomegranates can stimulate the production of insulin and help the body use sugars more effectively.
Of further benefits of the seasonal fruit, he said: "It can reduce the effect of inflammatory markers in your body and reduce things like arthritis to a degree, it can even help to alleviate sexual dysfunction, so there are a variety of health benefits that it has."
The organisation also suggests that all parts of the pomegranate can have positive effects, including the skin, seeds, pulp and juice.
Brimming with vitamins A, C, E and iron, the pomegranate has been known for its medicinal values for centuries. It is a native fruit of Iran, where it has been used for such purposes for thousands of years.
Posted by Philip Briggs
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