Here’s one for you – Healthy Smoked Baby Back Ribs. A while back Shane Willey shared his Baby Back Ribs glazed in a pomegranate based BBQ sauce. Some of you may already know the health benefits of pomegranate but for those of you who don’t, here’s an excerpt from Dr. Furhman’s blog.
Compounds found only in pomegranates called punicalagins are shown to benefit the heart and blood vessels. Punicalagins are the major component responsible for pomegranate’s antioxidant and health benefits. They not only lower cholesterol, but also lower blood pressure and increase the speed at which heart blockages (atherosclerosis) melt away.
Recent medical research studied heart patients with severe carotid artery blockages. They were given an ounce of pomegranate juice each day for a year. Not only did study participants’ blood pressure lower by over 12 percent, but there was a 30 percent reduction in atherosclerotic plaque. Just as astounding, participants who did not take the pomegranate juice saw their atherosclerotic plaque increase by 9 percent.1
In other studies, potent antioxidant compounds found in pomegranates have shown to reduce platelet aggregation and naturally lower blood pressure, factors that prevent both heart attacks and strokes.
So, what could be better than that? Healthy Smoked BBQ Baby Back Ribs!