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Pomegranates lower cholesterol

Pomegranates and pomegranate juice are popping up on grocery store shelves everywhere. Why? Small studies show that the fruit lowers cholesterol, particularly LDL, or bad, cholesterol, which helps clog arteries, says the American Dietetic Association. Pomegranates may also help maintain blood flow, keeping your blood vessels healthy. Rich in potassium and vitamin C, pomegranates can be used as a garnish on foods like yogurt or couscous or pressed like oranges for juice.

What you should do: Drink up! While larger studies need to be done, pomegranates, like all fruits and vegetables, are a good source of antioxidants, including polyphenols. But unlike the others, pomegranate juice has higher antioxidant levels, giving you a bigger bang for your antioxidant buck.