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Can Pomegranates Reduce Heart Disease Risk?

New Rochelle, NY, December 14, 2015—A new study assessing the antioxidant effects of pomegranate extract on cardiovascular risk factors and muscle function showed reductions in blood pressure and some atheroprotective benefits, but no effects on inflammation, oxidative strength, or muscle strength. The limited gains with pomegranate supplementation are detailed in an article published in Journal of Medicinal Food, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers. The article is available to download for free on the Journal of Medicinal Food website until January 14, 2016.

Kenneth Wilund, University of Illinois at Chicago, and coauthors from University of California-Los Angeles, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Illinois at Chicago, and Technion Rappaport Faculty of Medicine, Rambam Medical Center, Haifa, Israel, compared the effects of 1,000 mg of pomegranate extract versus placebo taken daily for 6 months. The study population comprised hemodialysis patients, who have an increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease and poorer physical functioning due to muscle wasting. High levels of oxidative stress are largely blamed for this hemodialysis-related morbidity.

The article "Effects of Pomegranate Extract Supplementation on Cardiovascular Risk Factors and Physical Function in Hemodialysis Patients" describes the study design and presents and interprets the results in light of the existing scientific literature, limitations of the current study, and recommendations for further research.

About the Journal
Journal of Medicinal Food is an authoritative, peer-reviewed, multidisciplinary journal published monthly in print and online. Led by Editors-in-Chief Sampath Parthasarathy, MBA, PhD, and Young-Eun Lee, PhD, Wonkwang University, Jeonbuk, Korea, this scientific journal publishes original scientific research on the bioactive substances of functional and medicinal foods, nutraceuticals, herbal substances, and other natural products. The Journal explores the chemistry and biochemistry of these substances, as well as the methods for their extraction and analysis, the use of biomarkers and other methods to assay their biological roles, and the development of bioactive substances for commercial use. Tables of content and a sample issue may be viewed on the Journal of Medicinal Food website.

About the Publisher
Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers is a privately held, fully integrated media company known for establishing authoritative peer-reviewed journals in many promising areas of science and biomedical research, including The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. Its biotechnology trade magazine, Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News (GEN), was the first in its field and is today the industry’s most widely read publication worldwide. A complete list of the firm’s 80 journals, books, and newsmagazines is available on the Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers website.