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POMEGRANATE: The pomegranate, a typical Mediterranean plant, is of Persian origin; its fruit is the ancient symbol of love, fertility and wealth. It has been used in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years, and its beneficial effects have been proven by several laboratory and clinical studies in our time. Its antioxidant impact factor is outstanding. According to scientific research, the antioxidant impact factor of pomegranates is app. three times as much as that of red wine, green tea, bilberries and orange juice, which have been listed as foodstuffs of the highest antioxidant effect. It can be effective in preventing cardiovascular diseases. According to the results of a clinical study, by eating pomegranates the amount of LDL (or bad cholesterol) found in blood decreased by 20%, and at the same time it increased HDL (beneficial cholesterol) levels. Compared to a control group, the risk factor of patients suffering from some form of cardiovascular disease improved significantly. In just two weeks, it decreased systolic blood pressure significantly in patients suffering from hypertension, and decreased the thickness of artery walls showing signs of calcification by 35% on average. Its regular consumption decreased the probability of developing cancer. In addition to that, its antibacterial, antiviral and anti-parasitic effects have been proven.

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