Pomegranate is such a good source of health. It has great healing powers. It can treat heart diseases and premature death.
Having pomegranate juice for one year reduced Intima Media Thickness (IMT) by 30%. This was a study which was shared by the media 500,000 times.
There is a great interest in finding out alternative treatment methods for clogged arteries. This is because drugs are not producing any results. Statins, which are supposed to reduce cholesterol cause about 300 side effects.
Let us understand IMT in simple terms.
Reducing IMT and Preventing Artherosclerosis
Intima media is the middle part of the arteries where the plaque builds up. This is then known as blocked arteries. As this becomes thicker, there is less space for blood to flow. It will eventually lead to death due to blocked arteries. Thus, to reduce artherosclerosis, there is an urgent need to find treatment options.
Heart disease has become the greatest cause of death in the world. Instead of preventing it, we are only complicating matters by prescribing drugs that are doing more harm than good.
It is surprising how pomegranate has not been looked into. It is such a simple method of treatment. A clinical trial has been conducted trying to prove the effect of this juice. The points from this trial are what are being highlighted here. This will help in solving the problem of the world’s most deadly disease.
The trial to clear clogged arteries:
It was published in 2014. It states that having pomegranate juice for 3 years has reduced IMT, blood pressure and LDL oxidation in patients. Plaque accumulation and clogged arteries were reversed. 19 patients were part of this Israeli study. 10 were patients and 9 people were taken as control.
Both groups of people had similar blood lipid profiles and on similar medicines consisting of cholesterol and lipid lowering drugs.
The patients were given 1.69 ounces of pomegranate juice per day. Only 5 of them completed the 3 year study.
If somebody told you that there is a drug that removes plaque in 3 months, what would you think of it? It would become a miracle drug and companies will make billions out of it. It should never be made mandatory though. Carotid artery stenosis had increased by 9% in one year in the control group. But that did not happen in the pomegranate intervention group. If this group had not taken pomegranate, then their arteries would have continued to plague up. By having pomegranate, they have reduced plague by almost 60%, considering the increase they have avoided.
How pomegranate helps the cardiovascular system
The following are the methods by which pomegranate helps the cardiovascular system.
Antioxidant: those who consumes pomegranate, saw a reduction in their oxidative stress. The auto antibodies which are formed against ox-LDL also decreased. The level of the enzyme paraoxinase-1 (PON-1) when increased in the blood serum, indicates a decrease in oxidative stretch. These parameters are important to asses since it is known that the lipid parameters quality and not quantity is important to assess cardiovascular health risk. Thus, pomegranate reduces such risks.
Lowers blood pressure: pomegranate heals the endothelium of the arterial walls. This is proven by the fact that the patient’s blood pressure had reduce up to 12% after up to 1 year of pomegranate consumption. Those suffering from problems of the endothelium have a condition known as endothelial dysfunction.
Reduced cholesterol: the cholesterol of 2 patients had reduced significantly in comparison to those who did not drink pomegranate juice. The lipid peroxides and glutathione content had also significantly reduced.
Reduced LDL oxidation: LDL oxidation due to lesions had been reduced a lot in the patients. This shows that the lesion size had decreased and it had become less atherogenic after drinking pomegranate juice. This is a revolutionary finding. This is because the quality of the lesion determines the risk of carotid artery stenosis. However, the levels of triglycerides and VLDL had increased.
Finally, it should be noted that all the patients had been receiving their normal drugs along with the pomegranate juice. The juice treatment did not interfere with the drugs. So this can also be complementary treatment, if not an individual, all-by-itself treatment.
Source: Wise Mind Healthy Body