In 2013, a remarkable study was published in the journal Atherosclerosis. This study confirms that pomegranate extracts may prevent coronary artery disease progression. That is, pomegranate extracts may prevent the progressive thickening of the coronary arteries caused by the accumulation of fatty materials known as atherosclerosis (Al-Jarallah et al., 2013).
Pomegranate extracts were added to the drinking water of mice with a genetic susceptibility towards spontaneous coronary artery blockages. The pomegranate extracts increased cholesterol levels. However, this treatment reduced the size of the atherosclerotic plaques in the aortic sinus (the dilated opening above the aortic valve) and reduced the proportion of coronary arteries with occlusive atherosclerotic plaques.
Moreover, the treatment has proven additional benefits. Pomegranate extracts reduces:
- levels of oxidative stress
- monocytie chemotactic protein-1
- lipid accumulation in the heart muscle
- macrophage infiltration in the heart muscle
- cardiac enlargement
- ECG abnormalities
Likewise, two-time Nobel Prize winner Linus Pauling argued that vitamin C deficiency is the main cause of cardiovascular disease.
Additionally, a 3 year clinical trial published in the Clinical Nutrition journal, just adds to this study on pomegranate. This clinical trial was conducted on Israeli population and resulted with findings that the daily consumption of pomegranate juice reversed carotid artery stenosis by up to 29% within 1 year. This indicates that pomegranate effects on artery unblocking are outstanding (Aviram et al., 2004).
There are several more studies on the benefits of pomegranates, especially on their value in cardiovascular health.
1. According to GreenMedInfo, there are five studies which indicate that pomegranates have anti-inflammatory properties.
2. A study published by GreenMedInfo, show that pomegranate extracts are beneficial for lowering the blood pressure.
3. According to another study, pomegranate contains anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties.
4. Another study which was published at GreenMedInfo.com, found that pomegranate reduce the oxidative stress in the blood.
Al-Jarallah A., Igdoura F., Zhang Y., Tenedero Ch., White E., Macdonald M., Igdoura S., Trigatti B. The effect of pomegranate extract on coronary artery atherosclerosis in SR-BI/APOE double knockout mice. Atherosclerosis. 2013 May; 228(1):80-9. Epub 2013 Mar 7.
Aviram M., Rosenblat M., Gaitini D., Nitecki S., Hoffman A., Dornfeld L., Volkova N., Presser D., Attias J., Liker J., Hayek T. Pomegranate juice consumption for 3 years by patients with carotid artery stenosis reduces common carotid intima-media thickness, blood pressure and LDL oxidation. Clin Nutr. 2004 Jun;23(3):423-33.
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