Pomegranates reduce fasting blood sugar in Type-2 diabetes patients
Researchers from Jordan University of Science and Technology have reported that people with type-2 diabetes consuming 1.5 mls of pomegranate juice per kg of weight per day, reduced their fasting blood sugar levels. This was not observed with healthy humans. (That is 120 mls for an 80 kg male). This formula held true for men and women.
The results were taken as an average across the 85 people with type-2 diabetes in the trial. Some 20% of those showed no benefit. (Banihani et al, Nutrition Research, 2014).
In 2006 Israeli Professor Aviram found much the same results.
Other studies have shown that pomegranate seeds seem to increase insulin production (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24644382). The benefit comes from a compound in the seed oil – punicic acid.
Other studies have shown that Pomegranate consumption can reverse the build up of arterial plaque (thus reducing the risk of stroke and heart attacks, it can increase longevity in humans, and reduce the PSA in prosatate cancer patients thus increasing survival times.