For years, those who suffer from poor articles have been turning to strong – and often expensive – medicine. This one recent discovery, however, is starting to offer patients a more natural treatment alternative.
Despite common belief, it’s starting to look like the future for cardiovascular disease treatment could be growing in your back garden.
A recent study published in the reputable medical journal, Atherosclerosis, has found that regular consumption of pomegranate can in fact reverse the early symptoms of cardiovascular disease, such as the thickening of arteries.
In the study, mice who were genetically prone to blocked arteries were fed pomegranate extract in their drinking water for a period of two weeks, starting when they were three weeks old. Although increasing cholesterol levels, the mice who received the pomegranate juice had smaller artery blockages than those who didn’t.
Benefits beyond heart health
It didn’t end with cardiovascular benefits. Interestingly, researchers also noted the following positive effects that pomegranate juice has on the body:
- Lower oxidative stress levels
- Reduced limp accumulation in the heart muscles
- Reduced ECG abnormalities
- Reduced cardiac enlargement
- Reduced macrophage infiltration in the heart muscle
These incredible benefits beg the question – how can one fruit have so many positive effects? Researchers think the answer could lie with our ancestors. It’s likely that throughout the preliminary stages of the human race’s evolution, large amounts of pomegranate were consumed. As humans evolved further, pomegranate became a less prevalent aspect of our diets and cardiovascular problems, which were previously treated by the fruit, started to present. This is ogs from Linus Pauling, holder of two Nobel Prizes, who in his research found that Vitamin C deficiency is one of the primary causes of cardiovascular disease.
This isn’t the first study of its kind. In 2004, the Clinical Nutrition Journal found that carotid artery sclerosis symptoms were reduced by up to 29% in year 1 with daily pomegranate juice consumption. The control group’s blockages increased by 9%. The study also found the following benefits, showing that pomegranate is:
- Blood-pressure lowering
Research into the fruit continues, so it’s hard to predict what other benefits may be uncovered. Reap the rewards of pomegranate and add it into your diet today.