This One Simple Fruit Will Clean Your Arteries! Here is How
This simple fruit is the perfect solution for “cleaning” your arteries. You will not find in your medicine cabinet this treatment and prevention of cardiovascular disease. Better search in your kitchen or simply growing on a tree in your back yard.
Pomegranate Prevents Progression of Coronary Artery Disease
A new study published in the journal Atherosclerosis confirms that extract of pomegranate may actually prevent and/or reverse the primary pathology associated with cardiac mortality: the accumulation of fatty materials (or atherosclerosis) causes the progressive thickening of the coronary arteries.[i]
Despite the fact that pomegranate treatment actually increased cholesterol levels related to very low density lipoprotein-sized particles, the treatment reduced the size of the atherosclerotic plaques in the aortic sinus (the dilated opening above the aortic valve) and also reduced the proportion of coronary arteries with occlusive atherosclerotic plaques.
Researchers also found that pomegranate extract treatment resulted in the following beneficial effects:
- Reduced levels of oxidative stress
- Reduced monocytie chemotactic protein-1. It is a chemical messenger (chemokine) related to inflammatory processes within the arteries.
- Reduction of lipid accumulation in the heart muscle
- In the heart muscle, reduced macrophage infiltration
- Reduced levels of monocyte chemotactic protein-1 and fibrosis in the myocardium
- Cardiac enlargement reduction
- Reduced ECG abnormalities
How can something as benign and common place as a fruit extract reverse so many aspects of coronary arteries disease?
The answer may lie in the fact that our ancestors co-evolved with certain foods (fruits in particular). Therefore, the lack of adequate quantities of these foods may directly result in deteriorating organ function.
Linus Pauling, two-time Nobel Prize winner argued that vitamin C deficiency is in fact a fundamental cause of cardiovascular disease. We should also have in mind the fact that our hominid primate ancestors once had year-round access to fruits, and as a result lost the ability to synthesize it.
This study adds to the already extant body of clinical research indicating that pomegranate can help unclog your arteries.
For example, in 2004, the journal Clinical Nutrition published the results of a 3 year clinical trial in an Israeli population. They found that the daily consumption of pomegranate juice moved back by up to 29% carotid artery stenosis within 1 year.
Remarkably, the blockages in the control group increased 9%, indicating that pomegranate’s artery unblocking effects were even greater than at first apparent[ii].
Pomegranate’s value in cardiovascular disease is quite high. The following properties are evidence:
- Anti-inflammatory: Inflammation, like many chronic degenerative diseases, plays very big and significant role in cardiovascular disease pathogenesis. There are in fact five studies on GreenMedInfo.com indicating anti-inflammatory properties.[iii]
- Blood-Pressure Lowering: Pomegranate juice has natural angiotensin converting enzyme inhibiting properties, [iv]. It is a nitric oxide enhancer, two well-known pathways for reducing blood pressure.[v] Finally, pomegranate extract rich in punicalagin has been found reduce the adverse effects of perturbed stress on arterial segments exposed to disturbed flow.[vi]
- Anti-Infective: Plaque buildup in the arteries often involves secondary bacterial and viral infection, including Chlamydia pneumoniae and hepatitis C.[vii] Pomegranate has a broad range of anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties.
- Antioxidant: Oxidation is one of the ways in which blood lipids become heart disease-promoting (atherogenic). For example, LDL may be technically ‘elevated’ but harmless as long as it does not readily oxidize. Scientists found that pomegranate can reduce the oxidative stress in the blood, as measured by serum paraoxonase levels.[viii]