You will not find the future of cardiovascular disease treatment and prevention in your medicine cabinet, but rather growing on a tree in your back yard or in your kitchen cupboard.
Pomegranate Found To Prevent Progression Of Coronary Artery Disease
A new study which was published in the journal Atherosclerosis has confirmed that pomegranate extract might have the ability to prevent and/or reverse the primary pathology linked with cardiac mortality: coronary arteries’ progressive thickening caused by fatty materials accumulation, also known as atherosclerosis.
Mice with a genetic vulnerability towards spontaneous blockages on the coronary artery were given extract of pomegranate through their drinking water for 2 weeks, beginning at 3 weeks of age. Even though pomegranate treatment is actually increasing cholesterol levels which are associated with lipoprotein-sized particles with very low density, the treatment reduced the size of aortic sinus’ atherosclerotic plaques (the dilated opening located above the aortic valve) and it also reduced the proportion of occlusive atherosclerotic plaque coronary arteries.
However, researchers found that treatment with pomegranate extract resulted in these beneficial effects:
- Reduced oxidative stress levels
- Reduced monocytie chemotactic protein-1. It is a chemical messenger (chemokine) which is associated with inflammatory processes which occur within arteries.
- Reduced heart muscle’s lipid accumulation
- Reduced heart muscle’s macrophage infiltration
- Reduced monocyte chemotactic protein-1 levels and fibrosis levels in the myocardium
- Reduced ECG abnormalities
- Reduced cardiac enlargement
How can something as commonplace and benign as a fruit extract reverse this many aspects of coronary artery disease, evidenced by the study we talked about above? The answer might lie in the simple fact that our ancestors co-evolved with some certain foods (mostly fruits) for so long that just a lack of adequate quantities of these foods might directly result in deteriorating organ function. Two-time Nobel Prize winner, Linus Pauling, has argued that deficiency of vitamin C is a fundamental cause of cardiovascular disease. Keep in mind that our ancestors used to have access to fruits all year long, and as a result of that they lost the ability to synthesize it.
This conducted study indicates that pomegranate extracts can help unclog arteries. For example, in 2004, the journal Clinical Nutrition has published the results of a 3-year clinical trial in an Israeli population. The study found that by daily consuming pomegranate juice you will be able to reverse carotid artery stenosis up to 29% within one year. The blockages in the control group have increased by 9%. This indicates that artery unblocking effects of pomegranate were even greater than they the first apparent.
In addition we will present you pomegranate’s experimentally confirmed properties:
- Anti-inflammatory: inflammation is the main reason that causes cardiovascular disease pathogenesis, same like in other degenerative diseases. On Green Medinfo.com there are five studies regarding this disease
- Blood-Pressure Lowering: Natural angiotensin can be found in Pomegranate juice which is transforming the features of enzyme inhibiting values, and is can increase the nitric oxide, both significant ways to make blood pressure reduced. Rich in punicalagin, pomegranate extract seems to be giving the best result in stimulating the effects when it comes to decreasing the stress on arterial segments during disturbed blood flow
- Anti-Infective: The arteries are target for Bacterial infection and secondary viral. Main cause for these two is the plaque buildup which can lead to other blood diseases such as Chlamydia pneumonia or/and hepatitis C
- Antioxidant: Oxidation is usually the main factor in making the blood lipids atherogenic, meaning decelerating the heart disease. Non-oxidized LDL can be sublimed in that form without giving negative effect. The extract of the pomegranate is effective in decreasing the bloods’ oxidative stress, measuring by levels of the paraoxonase serum. The perimeter of atherosclerotic lesions can be reduced up to 44% by decreasing the oxidative stress, as shown in study conducted on mice.
Source: Healthy Holistic Living