Fruit stand at a Meditterranean market Fruit stand at a Meditterranean market Next time you go to the market, be sure to pick up pomegranates and dates – you can't go wrong! (Photo: Avillfoto / Shutterstock)

These fruits are a 1-2 punch against cholesterol

The 'pomegranate-date cocktail,' as researchers in Haifa call it, is a veritable elixir for cardiovascular health.

We've said it before, and we'll say it again: pomegranate juice rocks.

Turns out, researchers in Israel feel the same way, and in a recent study, they paired the power-fruits with our other favorite superfood: dates. The result? Double the antioxidant power for a one-two punch against cholesterol.

On their own, pomegranates have been scientifically proven to boost your immune system, lower your blood pressure, combat inflammation and lower cholesterol. Other studies have suggested pomegranates may inhibit cancer cell growth.

Dates at the marketDates can be found at practically any market. (Photo: mariakraynova/Shutterstock)

Dates, on the other hand, have been touted as a low-glycemic sugar substitute, curbing your sweet tooth without the risk associated with processed sugar and artificial sweeteners.

The research out of the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, led by Professor Michael Aviram of the Rappaport Faculty of Medicine and Rambam Medical Center, showed that combining the two fruits creates a power cocktail that is more beneficial than eating the fruits separately.

A glass of pomegranate juice with iceIced pomegranate juice is a refreshing drink for warmer weather. (Photo: Roxiller13/Shutterstock)

The research suggests that drinking just 4 ounces of pomegranate juice with three dates (the pits of which you can also eat by grinding into a paste) every day can boost your cardiovascular health tremendously – in the study, the combination cleared out 28 percent of the cholesterol in the test subjects' arteries.

To celebrate this happy marriage of two of our all-time favorite ingredients, here are a few delicious ways you can meet your cocktail quota:


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