As unbelievable as it seems, the key to solving all heart-related issues and maintaining perfect cardiovascular health lies in something as simple as pomegranate.
Many studies suggest that pomegranate, a red, delicious, and nutrient-dense fruit, has the ability to prevent coronary artery disease. This fruit is capable of reversing progressive thickening of the coronary arteries, which is associated with development of atherosclerosis. Pomegranate is rich in polyphenols and other antioxidants, which have critical role in the prevention of atherosclerotic lesions and reduction of LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol.
As explained by the scientists, pomegranate extract lower lipid accumulation in the heart, reduces oxidative stress levels, lowers macrophages infiltration in the heart muscles, and it protects against inflammation-related diseases.
According to a 2004 study, pomegranate extract unclogs arteries of plaque build up, mostly due to its high antioxidant content. This particular study was done in Israel and showed that as little as one glass of pomegranate juice may reverse carotid artery stenosis by up to 30 percent as long as consumed regularly over the course of three years.
Pomegranate’s Properties that Help Prevent Cardiovascular Disease
- It acts as potent antioxidant, ably reducing oxidative stress in the blood
- It acts as antiviral and antibacterial agent, protecting against dangerous viral and bacterial infections
- It acts as anti-inflammatory agent
- It lowers blood pressure levels naturally
To sum up, regular consumption of this tasty fruit helps reduce LDL cholesterol, cleanse the arteries, and prevent atherosclerosis and heart-related diseases.
Additional Health Benefits of Pomegranates
- They contain punicalagins, potent antioxidants which have been proven to have 3 times the antioxidant action of green tea and red wine
- They contain punicic acid which is actually the major fatty acid in the arils, offering powerful biological effects
- It has been scientifically shown that they can lower inflammatory activity in the digestive tract, colon cancer cells, and breast cancer cells
- A preliminary study has shown that pomegranate juice can be beneficial for men with prostate cancer, stopping cancer growth and reducing the risk of death
- Lab studies have found that pomegranate extract can inhibit enzymes that cause damage to joints in those with osteoarthritis. It might be beneficial for a couple of forms of arthritis
- Pomegranate juice has been associated with reduced symptoms of erectile dysfunction
- Thanks to its antiviral and antibacterial properties, pomegranate can be useful against diseases of the gums, such as denture stomatitis, periodontitis, and gingivitis
- Multiple studies show that pomegranates can boost memory in post-surgery and elderly individuals
- Studies done on mice show that it can protect against Alzheimer`s disease
- Pomegranate is packed with dietary nitrates, which have been found to boost exercise performance
How to Eat an Organic Pomegranate
The pomegranate is difficult to peel and eat, as it contains a maze of seeds within its bark-like flesh. Here is a complete guide on how to eat an organic pomegranate to get the most of it!
- Remove the crown and throw it away ( in your compost pile)
- Slice the rind, but make sure you don’t cut the rind all the way through
- Soak the pomegranate fruit for about 10 minutes ( in cold water)
- Break apart the scored rinds while soaking the pomegranate
- Take the seeds out from the flesh
- Remove the membrane and the rind with a spoon or sieve
- Drain the seeds using a colander
- Pat dry with a clean cloth or paper towel