A new study published in the journal Atherosclerosis confirms that pomegranate extract can prevent and / or reverse the primary pathology associated with cardiac mortality: the progressive thickening of the coronary arteries caused by the accumulation of fat known as atherosclerosis.
Despite the fact that pomegranate treatment increased the cholesterol level associated with very low density lipoprotein particles, the treatment also reduced the size of atherosclerotic plaques in the aortic sinus (the dilated aperture above the aortic valve) and reduced the proportion of coronary arteries with occlusive atherosclerotic plaques.
Remarkably, the researchers also found that treatment with pomegranate extract had the following beneficial effects:
-Reduction of the level of stress.
-Reduction of Monocyte chemoattractant protein 1 (cytokine chemokine type) associated with inflammatory processes in the arteries.
-Reduction of lipid accumulation in the heart muscle.
-Reduction of macrophage infiltration into the heart muscle.
-Reduction of the levels of monocytic chemotactic protein-1 and fibrosis in the myocardium
-Reduction of cardiac hypertrophy
-Reduction of abnormalities at the ECG
Clean your arteries with a single fruit
How can something so benign and banal as a fruit extract reverse many aspects of coronary heart disease simultaneously, as evidenced by the study above?
The answer may lie in the fact that our ancestors have evolved with certain foods (fruits in particular) for so long that insufficient amounts of these foods can immediately cause a deterioration of the function of the organs.
Indeed, two-time Nobel laureate Linus Pauling argued that vitamin C deficiency was a root cause of cardiovascular disease, because our primate hominid ancestors once had access to fruit all year long, and as a result they have lost the ability to synthesize it.
This study is in addition to many other clinical studies indicating that pomegranate can help unclog arteries. For example, in 2004, in a clinical trial led by Israeli researchers, 10 of 19 subjects with atherosclerosis and severe narrowing of the carotid artery (or stenosis), drank 250 ml of pomegranate juice per day, for one year.
The results indicate that regular consumption of pomegranate juice significantly improved blood flow in the treated subjects, while stenosis worsened in those in the control group. In addition, there was a significant drop in blood pressure among those who ate pomegranate juice. For three years, treatment continued with five subjects, which found that the positive effects of pomegranate juice persisted in the long term. [Ii]
Clean Your Arteries: Pomegranate is important in the prevention of cardiovascular disease, as evidenced by the following properties that have been experimentally confirmed
Anti-inflammatory: Like many chronic degenerative diseases, inflammation plays an important role in the pathogenesis of cardiovascular disease. Here are five studies that indicate the anti-inflammatory properties of the pomegranate. [Iii]
Decreased Blood Pressure: Pomegranate juice consumption may also decrease blood pressure in subjects with hypertension. Pomegranate juice may also improve endothelial function (that is, the health or elasticity of blood vessels) in adolescents with metabolic syndrome. Finally, it has been found that pomegranate extract is rich in punicalagins which have antioxidant and antigenotoxic activity. [Vi]
Anti-infective: plaque buildup in the arteries often involves a second viral and bacterial infection, including hepatitis C and Chlamydia pneumoniae. [vii] Pomegranate has many anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties.
Antioxidant: Blood lipids become heart diseases especially because of oxidation. LDL, for example, can be technically “high” but harmless as long as it does not oxidize easily. Pomegranate was found to reduce oxidative stress in the blood as PON (paraoxonase) serum was measured. A study in mice found that this decrease in oxidative stress was associated with a 44% reduction in the size of atherosclerotic lesions. [Viii]