The Pomegranate, A Fruit That Cleanses the Arteries

The pomegranate is a fruit that boasts powerful antioxidant capabilities, many vitamins and multiple medicinal benefits.

Several different parts of the fruit are used for various illnesses, among which are its capacities to reduce the risk of heart attacks, improve blood flow to the heart, and maintain the arteries free of fatty deposits.

Various studies have shown that the pomegranate is one of the fruits with the most attributes.  It has high quantities of vitamin C, as well as vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid), natural phenols, potassium, vitamin A, vitamin E, and folic acid.  In addition, it has high levels of antioxidants which fight free radicals and slow cell aging.

Of the parts of the pomegranate used are the seeds, the flowers, the peel, etc., and the juice is often recommended, which allows easy access to its properties.pomegranate2

The Pomegranate and the Arteries

A recent study has shown that the pomegranate can prevent and even reverse the primary cause of death by heart attacks, which is the continued hardening of the coronary arteries due to the accumulation of fatty deposits, a condition known as ateriosclerosis.

Ateriosclerosis can be caused by hypertensionoxidative stress, and especially by cholesterol, and the pomegranate directly fights those three imbalances.

Pomegranate juice is proven to reduce ateriosclerosis in 25% of the patients participating in the study.pomegranate3

What Other Properties Does It Have?

  • Reduces the development of cataracts
  • Improves diabetes
  • Has anti-inflammatory properties
  • Strengthens bones and muscles
  • Alleviates stress
  • Helps reduce “bad” cholesterol levels
  • Slightly diminishes arterial tension
  • Helps prevent various kinds of cancer, especially prostate
  • Prevents fat buildup in the stomach
  • Helps prevent cartilage deterioration
  • Its astringent property helps prevent diarrhea (people with constipation should not overuse pomegranate juice), specifically when used as an infusion of the rind and the tree bark
  • Elminates intestinal parasites
  • Reduces dental plaque and has antibacterial effects.  In India, they use the white, bitter parts of the pomegranate as ingredients in natural toothpastes
  • Protects the skin from ultraviolet rays (when applied topically)

How Do We Take It?

We can eat it normally, preferably before meals.  Many people do not eat it due to the difficulty of extracting the seeds.  It helps to cut it in half, and tap the peel with a spoon.  We can also cut it into fourths to remove the seeds more easily.

We can also make a juice with the seeds.  These days, many herbalists and health food stores market it.  And regardless if we prepare it ourselves or buy it, it is important to avoid refined sugar.  Instead, we can sweeten it with a little stevia or honey.  The juice leaves a sharp feeling on the tongue due to its tannins which have astrigent properties.  We can also mix this juice with juice from apples, oranges, carrots, ginger, etc. to enjoy its many properties.

We can also obtain a peel extract which has a powerful antioxidant potential and has even more of an effect on cholesterol than the fruit pulp.

Pomegranate seed oil helps us achieve profound effects in our body and to take advantage of its anti-inflammatory properties.  In addition, this oil can be used topically to improve the state of our skin, thanks to its antioxidant capacities, to prevent wrinkles, to tone and regenerate the skin and slow its aging.  And finally, it helps alleviate irritated skin or that which has been stung.

Pomegranate flowers, which are very astrigent, are also used in an infusion for diarrhea and may be applied externally.  To prepare an infusion, use 1 oz of the flower for every Liter (4 cups) of water, letting it sit for 15 minutes.pomegranate4The infusion of the pomegranate leaves helps us prevent anemia if we drink three glasses of it throughout the day for at least two months.

Regardless of which form we choose, we should take it for at least three months and evaluate its effects.

We always recommend consulting your primary physician, as some foods can interfere with the effects of some medications.

Photography courtesy of Vanessa Pike-Russell, redsea2006, quinn-anya, and four years