Chances are you’ve seen pomegranates in the supermarket, bottles of pomegranate juice or even containers of their arils, the juicy red seeds they contain, but may have never tried it. I even find the frozen arils which I love in my smoothies. I hope you will try them because not only are they delicious but they have numerous health benefits. I explained some of those benefits in more detail in this past No-Nonsense Nutrition Report.
Today I wanted to just highlight the benefits of pomegranate juice in unclogging arteries. Clogged arteries are known as atherosclerosis. When arteries become inflamed, the body sends out cholesterol and immune cells to smooth over the damage. When this happens too often the arteries become stiff and thickened from all the cellular debris. This can ultimately result in a blockage, heart attack and damage.
Most often doctors will prescribe statins to prevent this from happening but besides having devastating side effects, they don’t address the root cause which is inflammation. This study found that consuming pomegranate juice daily for a year reduced the arterial thickness by up to 35%, with no dangerous side effects. Even more exciting was that those in the control group experienced increased carotid artery stenosis of 9% within 1 year. So in the pomegranate juice drinking group, it is possible they reduced thickening of the arteries by over 60% beyond what would have occurred had the natural progression of the disease been allowed to continue with no intervention.
Would you consider a simple intervention like drinking pomegranate juice daily over taking a statin or other drug to prevent atherosclerosis?
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