posted on May, 8 2013 @ 04:32 PM
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]
Awesome stuff! And tasty too.
Star and flag from me for posting this valuable information.
For those who have mentioned that the fruit is expensive...the juice, relatively, is much cheaper...and widely available, which may be why the fruit
itself has become so pricey...also if you are buying it out of season the price is obviously inflated...this time of year, I can generally get two for
a pound (sterling, not weight) ...sometimes less if I go to the market around packing up time. My son loves them, though tends to make a disgusting
mess in the process of eating them....ewww.
I tend to get the juice, or if I am feeling flush, Innocent Smoothie Pomegranates, Blueberry and Acai variety, when I feel a bout of depression coming
on or am generally feeling under the weather. I do that for the antioxidants...but clearly, it is helping with the circulation and more besides too.
Good to know. Thanks.