Pomegranate has a long history around the world, such as pomegranate figure appears in the murals of Egyptian pyramids; pomegranate also appears in the Greek mythology; pomegranate is even planted in the Garden of Eden, which is recorded by "Bible". Pomegranates are used as medicinal herbs in the traditional culture of many tribes in the world.
Pomegranate powder is rich in antioxidant, vitamins K, potassium, folic acid, vitamin B6, pantothenic acid, tannic acid and flavonoid. They are the key bioactive ingredients. Then follow us to see how does pomegranate specifically promote human health.
Pomegranate and heart health
Pomegranate maintain the health of the heart, which is mainly achieved by reducing blood pressure. Excessive blood pressure will damage the human arteries, lead to blood vessels blocked, and then lead to heart disease or stroke, may also lead to heart failure (the heart can not pump enough blood). The higher the blood pressure, the greater the burden on the heart, eventually leading to heart failure or cardiac hypertrophy. Clinical studies have shown that hypertensive patients taking pomegranate juice powder supplement between lunch and dinner every day for two weeks is about to make blood pressure significantly lower.
Atherosclerosis is caused by platelet (composed of cholesterol, cell waste and fat, etc.) gathered in the blood vessels, resulting in vascular narrowing and hardening, affecting the symptoms of blood circulation. If the platelets further condense into thrombosis or blood clots in the blood vessels, it will lead to heart disease or stroke symptoms. Clinical studies have shown that patients with atherosclerosis after a year of drinking pomegranate juice, carotid intima-media thickness was significantly thinner, the volunteers without taking pomegranate juice, carotid intima-media thickness was thickened by 9%. The researchers said that this may be the role of polyphenols in pomegranate juice. In another mouse trial, the investigators found that atherosclerotic mice were fed with pomegranate juice equivalent to 8 ounces of human drinking a day, and after 2 months the area of atherosclerotic lesions in the mice was reduced by 17%. Based on the results of two studies, the researchers conclude that pomegranate juice has the effect of anti-atherosclerosis.
Increase blood flow
It is difficult for the coronary heart disease (also known as ischemic heart disease) patients to transport enough blood, because their arterial is narrow, and the heart muscles often lack of oxygen. However, a recent study found that patients with ischemic coronary heart disease drink 240 ml of pomegranate juice every day for 3 months, can significantly improve the symptoms of ischemia (to ease the resistance of blood flow resistance). At the same time, there was no significant change in the ischemic symptoms of the volunteers in the control group.
High cholesterol levels are also one of the key factors leading to heart disease. When low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL, also known as bad cholesterol) flows in the blood vessels, it will adhere to the blood vessel wall, and thus the formation of plaques. In a clinical study, the researchers found that 40 grams of concentrated pomegranate juice were consumed daily for 4 weeks, can significantly reduce LDL and total cholesterol levels in the blood, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (also known as good cholesterol, help to control the level of LDL) is promoted.
Scientists have found that oxidized LDL plays a key role in heart attack. In addition, the oxidation of LDL also leads to changes in proinflammatory cells and macrophages, and forms foam cells (filled with cholesterol and platelet macrophages). Antioxidant components in pomegranates can prevent oxidation of LDL. A clinical study found that drinking pomegranate juice can reduce the concentration of LDL, improve enzyme activity, and lipid peroxidation by 20%.