Wow, I knew pomegranates were good for us…..and I love the color and taste of the juice, but I didn’t realize how great they were for clearing out our arteries, shrinking tumors, and more. A tasty, tangy, terrific self-help health aid, indeed!
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
(by Sayer Ji, founder of GreenMedInfo.com) 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.
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]
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.
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.
- Blood-Pressure Lowering: Pomegranate juice has natural angiotensin converting enzyme inhibiting properties, and is a nitric oxide enhancer, two well-known pathways for reducing blood pressure. Finally, pomegranate extract rich in punicalagin has been found to reduce the adverse effects of perturbed stress on arterial segments exposed to disturbed flow.
- Anti-Infective: Plaque buildup in the arteries often involves secondary viral and bacterial infection, including hepatitis C and Chlamydia pneumoniae. 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.
Sources for this article: http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/how-clean-your-arteries-one-simple-fruit?page=2
And this article by Linda Kordich talks about the power of pomegranate to shrink tumors, plus gives a recipe and useful information on juicing this fabulous fruit…
(by Linda Kordich for NaturalHealth365) Now is the season to drink pomegranate juice for its ability to shrink tumors and, of course, help to prevent colds and the flu. In fact, juicing pomegranate is a delicious way to unlock the healing power of nature – without toxic side effects.
I have a personal (healing) story worth sharing with you about pomegranates…
Our oldest son, John developed a ganglion cyst – when he was in high school – that was located on his left wrist. It was about 2 inches round. Right about that time, I was researching many older books from Jay’s library dating back to the 1950s.
In one of those books, it made mention that pomegranates had chemicals that could dissolve tumors. So I thought I would try giving John this task to eat and/or juice 2 – 3 large pomegranates daily for 30 days.
Sure enough, within 30 days, 50% of the tumor had literally disappeared!
After 60 full days, 90% to 95% of it had disappeared completely. It’s been about 12 years since this occurred and it’s still 90% gone, even though he discontinued his accelerated pomegranate eating and juicing regime.
So, please, don’t take ‘lightly’ how powerfully healing these pomegranates can be because we are proof there’s something in them that works effectively against these kinds of growths.
How do I juice pomegranates?
Many people wonder if they should juice pomegranates and we say, of course! They usually contain approximately 600 seeds. While most of us eat them, did you know you can also juice them?
Even though the white pith that lies inside the pomegranates are almost indigestible – you can certainly juice them without much notice of their bitter taste. That’s because the combination of this tonic takes away any of the bitterness.
In our home, we’ve been known to de-seed 200 pomegranates in a season, easily. We love to do it, as it’s like a meditation for us. But, if you don’t have the patience, you can juice them, as long as you peel the entire skins, and leave a bit of the white pith as we mentioned above.
Simply peel and cut into quarters – the pomegranate – remove 75% of all the white pith, leaving 25% behind, then juice or blend.
It’s best to never juice the skins or even blend the skins derived from a pomegranate.
1. They are leathery (not really easy to juice)
2. They may contain red dye on the surfaces of non-organic pomegranates, as are most oranges in the United States.
3. They may have chemicals – not healthy for us to consume.
However, the white ‘pith’ (which is called albedo) is rich in amazing bioflavinoids and micronutrients not available in the seeds.
Should we juice the albedo?
Yes! We recommend juicing only 25% of the pomegranate’s pith and 100% of the seeds. This way you are getting the benefits from the pith but the juice will not be so bitter that you can’t drink it.
Also, by adding the white pith, from the pomegranates, you now have up to 300% more absorbable nutrients when you are juicing them with the seeds. This is due to the micronutrients inside the albedo.
*Pomegranate seeds contain two essential vitamins, C and K. A 100 g portion of raw, edible seeds provides 10.2 mg of vitamin C and slightly more than 16 mcg of vitamin K.
*Pomegranate seeds will also help prevent blood platelets from developing threatening blood clots, hence reducing the chances of getting strokes.
*Not only are pomegranates good for your heart and blood vessels but they have been shown to inhibit 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. Additional studies and clinical trials currently taking place are hopeful to reveal this fascinating effect on humans.
Here’s my favorite pomegranate juice combo:
1 large pomegranate (de-seeded and use 25% of the pith)
1/2 cup fresh cranberries
1/2 inch fresh ginger root
Follow these directions for juicing:
Peel and cut into quarters the pomegranates. Remove 75% of all the white pith, leaving 25% behind. Then juice.
Blend or juice this combination – drink it in the mornings upon awakening for best results. It’s delicious!
By the way, for those concerned, this is not dangerous for diabetics – as pomegranate is low glycemic, the cranberries are low glycemic and the apples are medium glycemic.
And it seems clearing arteries and shrinking tumors are just two of the super powers of pomegranate. According to an article at HealthDiary.com, it can also:
Fight Breast Cancer
Studies in Israel show that pomegranate juice destroys breast cancer cells while leaving healthy cells alone. It may also prevent breast cancer cells from forming.
Prevent Lung Cancer
Studies in mice show that pomegranate juice may inhibit the development of lung cancer.
Slow Prostate Cancer
It slowed the growth of prostate cancer in mice.
Keep PSA Levels Stable
In a study of 50 men who had undergone treatment for prostate cancer, 8 ounces of pomegranate juice per day kept PSA levels stable, reducing the need for further treatment such as chemotherapy or hormone therapy.
Protect the Neonatal Brain
Studies show that maternal consumption of pomegranate juice may protect the neonatal brain from damage after injury.
Help Prevent Osteoarthritis
Several studies indicate that pomegranate juice may prevent cartilage deterioration.
Provide Alzheimer’s Disease Prevention It may prevent and slow Alzheimer’s disease. In one study, mice bred to develop Alzheimer’s disease were given pomegranate juice. They accumulated significantly less amyloid plaque than control mice and they performed mental tasks better.
It lowers LDL (bad cholesterol) and raises HDL (good cholesterol).
Lower Blood Pressure
One study showed that drinking 1.7 ounces of pomegranate juice per day lowered systolic blood pressure by as much as 5 percent.
Provide Dental Protection
Research suggests that drinking pomegranate juice may be a natural way to prevent dental plaque.
WOW!! I also read where it significantly contributes to weight loss, plus improves your memory, rheumatoid arthritis and pregnancy/birth outcomes.
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