Research Shows Pomegranate May Reverse Heart Blockage
Some mainline medical centers and researchers from all over the globe are intimating that pomegranate juice may be a safe and effective answer to reversing the #1 cause of death in the industrialized world: heart disease. I’m pretty sure that most will still resort to drugs (the big pharma solution) or surgical intervention, but in the meantime, this old heart nurse will rely on safer, more natural means to achieve that end.
What I read as I pulled together last week’s post on pomegranates is pretty amazing stuff!
I’m heading to Costco for a case of pomegranates while they are in high season, de-seeding them this quick and easy way, and freezing the juicy seeds. Besides that, I will be getting my husband several bottles of the juice for Christmas. The scare we had with his heart has made me think pro-actively.
Making pomegranate juice at a vendor stall in Turkey
The ‘superfruit’ pomegranate (technically a berry) has a remarkable astringency, giving your mouth and gums that dry, puckery-mouth feeling. This cleansing sensation is technically caused, as with all astringents, by shrinking and disinfecting your mucous membranes.
Anyone who drinks pomegranate juice, or is lucky enough to eat one fresh, can understand why it is so effective at cleansing the circulatory system. Indeed, your mouth and your arteries are lined with the same cell type: epithelial cells. Together, they make up the epithelium, one of four basic tissue types, along with connective tissue, muscle tissue and nervous tissue, and which comprises the interior walls of the entire circulatory system.
The pretty red pomegranate fruit recently made its way back into the news after some spectacular clinical results. Here’s what Dr. Fuhrman writes:
A compound found only in pomegranates called punicalagin is shown to benefit the heart and blood vessels. Punicalagin is the major component responsible for pomegranate’s antioxidant and health benefits. It not only lowers cholesterol, but also lowers blood pressure and increases the speed at which heart blockage (atherosclerosis) melts away.
Recent medical research studied heart patients with severe carotid artery blockages. They were given one ounce of pomegranate juice each day for a year. Not only did study participants’ blood pressure lower by over 12 percent, but there was a 30 percent REVERSAL in atherosclerotic plaque (heart blockage). Just as astounding, participants who did not take the pomegranate juice saw their atherosclerotic plaque increase by 9 percent.
To an old heart surgery nurse, this is real news. Just 1 oz. of fresh pomegranate juice a day for a year and plaque is reduced by 30%!! Such a small amount of juice for such fabulous results. Read on…
In other studies, potent antioxidant compounds found in pomegranates have shown to reduce platelet aggregation and naturally lower blood pressure, factors that prevent both heart attacks and strokes.
Not only are pomegranates good for your heart and blood vessels but they have been shown to inhibit breast cancer, prostate cancer, colon cancer, leukemia and to prevent vascular changes that promote tumor growth in lab animals. Several in vitro studies have shown this remarkable anti-cancer effect.
Reverse Heart Blockage
Another study in Life Extension Magazine:
Nineteen patients from the Vascular Surgery Clinic in Haifa, Israel, were selected to participate in this three-year trial. All were non-smokers between the ages of 65 and 75, with asymptomatic severe carotid artery narrowing (stenosis) ranging from 70% to 90%. In other words, their arteries were so occluded by plaque buildup that only 10-30% of the original artery volume was available to permit blood flow. Ten of the 19 patients consumed 50 mL (1.7 ounces) of pomegranate juice daily, while the other nine received a placebo beverage.
Despite the patients’ advanced atherosclerosis, ingesting pomegranate juice produced statistically significant reductions in the thickness of their carotid artery walls, which is correlated with decreased risk for heart attack and stroke. After only three months, the average thickness declined by 13%, and after 12 months, the thickness dropped 35% compared to baseline. During this same 12-month period, the average carotid artery thickness of the placebo group increased by 9%. This study also measured various other parameters of cardiovascular health. One year of pomegranate supplementation reduced the systolic blood pressure itself dropped by 21%.
If you do decide to drink pomegranate juice for medicinal purposes, make sure it contains no added sugar or flavors and is preferably organic. Heart blockages don’t form overnight, and as this thorough 3-year study showed, it took at least one year to show a 30% reversal. The most interesting thing is that the control group that did not consume pomegranate juice, common carotid intima-media thickness (IMT) increased by 9% during 1 year. For more medical studies and research papers, see here.
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. I am a wife, mother, and a retired RN. I do seek scientific confirmation of the safety and effectiveness of the herbs and remedies I use. Using remedies is a personal decision. Nothing I say on this blog is intended to prevent or treat disease. Please do your own research and consult your doctor.
“For the LORD your God is bringing you into a good land of fountains and springs, flowing forth in valleys and hills; a land of wheat and barley, of fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive oil and honey…“ ~Deuteronomy 8: 7-8
Caveat: I know diligent healthy eating and living (and now pomegranate juice) sounds like a panacea to all our problems, bringing happiness and success and ease, but that is not true. I almost hesitate to share all the really good things we can do for our health and well-being lest we begin to place all our hope on ‘things’ and they become an idol. Our only true hope is in the Lord God Who created us. Though we want to be wise and do good things for our bodies, the best thing I know of for real lasting (forever) health is to believe on the name of Jesus: “And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.” ~Acts 4: 12
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