Thursday, November 14, 2013

Clean Your Arteries with Pomegranates

It's pomegranate season!!!! We adore these beautiful, jewel like fruits. I have been munching on them all week, sharing them with our oldest son. I think between the two of us we could eat 2-3 of these a day...and I mean the entire fruit!!
I like to eat them right out of a bowl or blend them into salad dressings. But just look at what this amazing, God given fruit can do for your health! I'll share a recipe after the article. This article is from Greenmedinfo.com
One of my favorite, reliable sources for health information and medical studies on the web. 

How To Clean Your Arteries With One Simple Fruit 

by: Sayer Ji 

Posted on:

Monday, May 6th 2013 at 2:00 pm
How To Clean Your Arteries With One Simple Fruit
The future of cardiovascular disease prevention and treatment will not be found in your medicine cabinet, rather in your kitchen cupboard or in your back yard growing on a tree.
Pomegranate Found To Prevent Coronary Artery Disease Progression
A new study published in the journal Atherosclerosis confirms that pomegranate extract may prevent and/or reverse the primary pathology associated with cardiac mortality: the progressive thickening of the coronary arteries caused by the accumulation of fatty materials known as atherosclerosis.[i]
Mice with a genetic susceptibility towards spontaneous coronary artery blockages were given pomegranate extract via their drinking water for two weeks, beginning at three weeks of age. Despite the fact that pomegranate treatment actually increased cholesterol levels associated with very low density lipoprotein-sized particles, the treatment both 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.
Remarkably, the researchers also found that pomegranate extract treatment resulted in the following beneficial effects:
  • Reduced levels of oxidative stress
  • Reduced monocytie chemotactic protein-1, a chemical messenger (chemokine) associated with inflammatory processes within the arteries.  
  • Reduced lipid accumulation in the heart muscle
  • Reduced macrophage infiltration in the heart muscle
  • Reduced levels of monocyte chemotactic protein-1 and fibrosis in the myocardium
  • Reduced cardiac enlargement
  • Reduced ECG abnormalities
How can something as benign and commonplace as a fruit extract reverse so many aspects of coronary artery disease, simultaneously, as evidenced by the study above?  The answer may lie in the fact that our ancestors co-evolved with certain foods (fruits in particular) for so long that a lack of adequate quantities of these foods may directly result in deteriorating organ function.  Indeed, two-time Nobel Prize winner Linus Pauling argued that vitamin C deficiency is a fundamental cause of cardiovascular disease, owing to the fact that our hominid primate ancestors once had year-round access to fruits, and as a result lost the ability to synthesize it.  [see Linus Pauling vitamin C lecture on GreenMedTV]
Pomegranate Found To Prevent Coronary Artery Disease Progression

Discussion

This study adds to the already extant body of clinical research indicating that pomegranate can help unclog your arteries.  For instance, back in 2004, the journal Clinical Nutrition published the results of a three year clinical trial in an Israeli population, finding that the daily consumption of pomegranate juice reversed carotid artery stenosis by up to 29% 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 broad, as evidenced by the following experimentally confirmed properties:

  • Anti-inflammatory: Like many chronic degenerative diseases, inflammation plays a significant role in cardiovascular disease pathogenesis. There are five studies on GreenMedInfo.com indicating pomegranate's anti-inflammatory properties.[iii]
  • Blood-Pressure Lowering: Pomegranate juice has natural angiotensin converting enzyme inhibiting properties, [iv] and 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 viral and bacterial infection, including hepatitis C and Chlamydia pneumoniae.[vii] Pomegranate has a broad range of anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties.
  • Antioxidant: One of the ways in which blood lipids become heart disease-promoting (atherogenic) is through oxidation. LDL, for instance, may be technically 'elevated' but harmless as long as it does not readily oxidize. Pomegranate has been found to reduce the oxidative stress in the blood, as measured by serum paraoxonase levels.  One study in mice found this decrease in oxidative stress was associated with 44% reduction in the size of atherosclerotic lesions. [viii]

How about a recipe:


Pomegranate Vinaigrette 

 by Elizabeth @ rawlivingandlearning.blogspot.com

Juice of 1 tangerine
1/2 C of fresh pomegranate seeds
1 T raw Apple Cider Vinegar or fresh lime juice
2 T of fresh or frozen organic raspberries, thawed
1 T Barlene's Flax oil, optional
Blend all ingredients in a small blender, strain out remaining seeds if desired. I eat it as is, I don't mind the crunch from the center of the pomegranate seeds. Enjoy over top of your favorite greens!

Here is a great video showing you how to open a pomegranate without making a mess. This actually is the exact technique I use. 


+JMJ+ Today I am grateful for God's abundance! So many choices we have when choosing fruits and vegetables to eat  following a raw, vegan lifestyle. I don't think I could ever get bored with the possibilities.

3 comments:

Ana said...

So lovely the changes you made in your blog, love the colours... and I'm delighted especially with your sprouting spot, just marvellous.
Here in Portugal is also the season for pomegranate and I just love juicing them.

Blessings
Ana

blessedmama said...

We actually have a large bottle of pomegranate juice in the fridge and a large fruit in the fruit bowl. I've never become accustomed to the white innards of the seeds. I have to spit them out, but I'm impressed with those of you who can munch them down.

Halle Bose said...

There are lots of foods, like pomegranates and avocadoes that help with cleaning your arteries. Unfortunately not everyone is diligent in sticking to a diet that removes fat from their blood vessels.
However even pills that help in maintaining the right balance of cholesterol in the body can clean your arteries.

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