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Pomegranate Juice Prevents Health Complications For Kidney Patients On Dialysis

November 18, 2010: 10:33 AM EST

A preliminary study by Israeli scientists has found evidence that pomegranate juice can prevent several complications experienced by kidney disease patients who undergo dialysis, including a reduced number of infections and cardiovascular events. Other studies have demonstrated that antioxidant-rich pomegranate juice lowers both cholesterol and blood pressure in diabetics and heart patients. In this study, researchers tracked 101 dialysis patients who either drank pomegranate juice or a placebo beverage at the start of a dialysis session, three times a week for one year. Lab tests showed that the juice reduced inflammation and damage from oxidative stress. And the juice drinkers were less likely to be hospitalized due to infections. The researchers recommend further clinical studies of pomegranate juice and its impact on cardiovascular disease and chronic kidney disease.

Ronit Geron, MD, et al., "One Year of Pomegranate Juice Consumption Decreases Oxidative Stress, Inflammation and Incidence of Infections in Hemodialysis Patients", Presentation, American Society of Nephrology annual meeting, November 18, 2010, © American Society of Nephrology
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