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Can You Lower Cholesterol With Pomegranate Juice?

author image Darla Ferrara
Writing since 1999, Darla Ferrara is an award-winning author who specializes in health, diet, fitness and computer technology. She has been published in "Mezzo Magazine" and Diet Spotlight, as well as various online magazines. Ferrara studied biology and emergency medical technology at the University of Nebraska and Southeast Community College.
Can You Lower Cholesterol With Pomegranate Juice?
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The idea of drinking pomegranate juice to lower cholesterol is beginning to get support in medical communities, such as the Mayo Clinic. When answering a question for a reader on MayoClinic.com, medical expert Thomas Behrenbeck, M.D. stated that fruit juices, like pomegranate, contain antioxidants that may help protect your heart by reducing low-density lipoprotein, or LDL, cholesterol. The Mayo Clinic also reports that the pomegranate has more of the lipid fighting antioxidant polyphenol than other forms of fruit.

Step 1

When purchasing pomegranate juice, check the label of the juice drink you select. Look for pure pomegranate juice that is not from concentrate and does not contain fillers, chemicals or extra sugar additives. According to the Mayo Clinic, more sugar adds calories, which is counter-productive to improving heart health.

Step 2

Drink one glass of the pure pomegranate juice in the morning with breakfast. If it is your habit to drink a glass of orange or grapefruit juice every morning, substitute the pomegranate. Try the juice instead an extra cup of coffee. If counting calories, add the juice to your daily tally.

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Step 3

Prepare a glass of pomegranate juice as a snack. Use the juice to perk up mid morning or in the afternoon instead of a piece of fruit.

Step 4

Add pomegranate juice to recipes that call for fruit juice. The taste of pomegranate juice is different than other juices, so this will require some trial and error. Start with deserts that use fruit juice. If preparing a recipe that has 1 cup of orange juice, try using pomegranate instead. Cold recipes may be better than cooked items since no research has established if heating will affect the antioxidant properties of the juice.

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