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Pomegranate Juice May Help Prevent Accumulation Of Abdominal Fat

October 1, 2010: 11:38 AM EST

A British clinical study among healthy individuals with normal body mass index (BMI) has found that two cups of pomegranate juice a day lowers blood pressure and may help ward off abdominal fat. The researchers said the reason may be that the juice reduces the blood levels of nonesterified fatty acid (NEFA), a compound associated in earlier studies with increased fat storage around the abdomen, and consequently an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. At the end of the month-long trial, half of the participants had lower NEFA levels, while nine out of ten had lower blood pressure. Noting that the “initial findings deserved more study,” the fact that the volunteers had a healthy BMI made the impact on the abdomen “more difficult to observe.”

Sophie Borland, "Can pomegranate juice put a halt to middle-aged spread?", Daily Mail (UK), October 01, 2010, © Associated Newspapers Ltd.
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