(NaturalHealth365) Preventing heart disease never tasted so good. By drinking pomegranate juice – you can protect yourself from cardiovascular disease and even reverse the threat of atherosclerosis.
The mechanism behind arterial disease
The two prime factors involved in occlusive arterial disease are abnormal platelet aggregation and endothelial dysfunction. Endothelial dysfunction occurs when there is a depletion of nitric oxide, many times caused from the oxidation of LDL and other components. Nitric oxide is produced by the endothelial cells to regulate vascular elasticity; maintain cardiac contraction; prevent vascular injury and protects against atherosclerosis.
As we age, endothelial function can be compromised due to both a depletion of nitric oxide in the endothelium and a variety of insults to the arterial walls. The consequence of nitric oxide depletion is the loss of the youthful elasticity of the arteries to contract and expand. The stiffening of aged arteries is what leads to hardening of the arteries.
Couple endothelial dysfunction with blocked arteries and we have the number one health risk in America. In order to maintain healthy arterial dilation, the endothelium must manufacture enough nitric oxide. This is where the remarkable ability of pomegranate juice comes into play.
How to naturally eliminate arterial disease
Clinical studies have shown that the pomegranate has the ability to reverse systemic atherosclerosis – clinically measured in both carotid and coronary arteries. Pomegranate is one of the most concentrated sources of antioxidants, so they may be the reason that it does what is thought to be virtually impossible by the medical establishment – reversing arthrosclerosis.
By the way, studies have shown that pomegranate can lower blood pressure and protect low-density LDL from damaging oxidation.
Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) can reduce the expression of nitric oxide synthase, the enzyme that produces nitric oxide. The discovery that pomegranate juice enhances the bioactivity of nitric oxide synthase in endothelial cells means that the endothelial dysfunction that exists with atherosclerosis will improve when you consume pomegranate juice.
The right nutrition can protect you from stroke and dementia
A study in Clinical Nutrition showed that drinking pomegranate juice regularly could help prevent some carotid atherosclerosis (the arteries in the neck) manifestations, such as stroke and certain types of dementia.
In the study of nineteen people with severe atherosclerosis of the carotid arteries, ten were assigned to consume 50ml, which is just under 2 ounces of pomegranate juice each day, while the other nine (control group) received no pomegranate juice.
There was no change of lifestyle or medications for either group. Atherosclerosis severity was checked at the start of the study and again one year later by an ultrasound examination, which measured the thickness of the arteries.
After one year, the group drinking pomegranate juice had an average decrease of 35 percent in artery thickness, while the control group had an average increase of 9 percent in thickness of the arteries. Also, the pomegranate juice group had seen their systolic blood pressure (the top number) fall from the average of 174mm Hg at the start of the study to 153mm Hg at the end of the study one year later.
Fortunately, there is a way to prevent heart disease naturally; protecting your heart can be as simple as adding healthy foods like pomegranate to your diet. By changing the body’s landscape with a high quality diet – you can enhance heart muscle function; endothelial function, and lower all cardiovascular risks.
About the author: Blanche Levine has been a student of natural healing modalities for the last 25 years. She has the privilege of working with some of the greatest minds in natural healing including Naturopaths, scientist and energy healers. Having seen people miraculously heal from all kinds of dis-ease through non-invasive methods, her passion now is to help people become aware of what it takes to be healthy.
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