General dietary tips
To maximise the heart-healthy benefits of drinking pomegranate juice, you should combine it with a low-fat, high-fibre diet, advises the NHS.
This should include plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables (five portions a day) and whole grains.
“You should limit the amount of salt you eat to no more than six grams (0.2oz) a day as too much salt will increase your blood pressure,” advises the health body.
You should also engage in regular exercise to reduce your risk of heart disease.
As Mayo Clinic explains, exercise helps you achieve and maintain a healthy weight and control diabetes, elevated cholesterol and high blood pressure — all risk factors for heart disease.
It also helps you achieve a healthy weight, which will also reduce your risk, notes the health body.
“A BMI of less than 25 and a waist circumference of 35 inches (88.9 centimeters) or less is the goal for preventing and treating heart disease,” it says.
“Adults should do at least 150 minutes (two hours and 30 minutes) of moderate-intensity aerobic activity, such as cycling or fast walking, every week,” recommends the NHS.
Physical activity can include anything from sport to walking and gardening.
Although any aerobic exercise, such as walking, swimming and dancing, makes your heart work harder and keeps it healthy, it adds.
How do I know if I have heart disease?
According to the British Heart Foundation, symptoms of heart disease vary based on what condition you have and can include:
- Chest pain
- Pain, weakness or numb legs and/or arms
- Very fast or slow heartbeat, or palpitations
- Feeling dizzy, lightheaded or faint