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Rethinking Heart Health: Nature’s Pharmacy in Your Kitchen

Tuesday, March 19th 2024 10:00am 2 min read
Dr. Jessica Peatross dr.jess.md @drjessmd

Hospitalist & top functional MD who gets to the root cause. Stealth infection & environmental toxicity keynote speaker.

Nature’s Approach to Cardiovascular Well-being

The key to preventing and treating heart disease may not lie within the confines of your medicine cabinet, but rather amidst the contents of your kitchen pantry or the fruit trees in your garden.

The Power of Pomegranate in Halting Heart Disease

Recent research published in the *Atherosclerosis* journal reveals that pomegranate extract could halt and potentially reverse the primary cause of heart-related deaths: atherosclerosis, a condition characterized by the thickening of arterial walls due to fatty deposits.

In an intriguing study, mice genetically prone to spontaneous coronary artery blockages received pomegranate extract through their drinking water for two weeks from an early age. Despite an increase in certain cholesterol levels, the pomegranate treatment led to a reduction in atherosclerotic plaque size and the occurrence of obstructive plaques in coronary arteries.

Sevenfold Benefits of Pomegranate Extract

The study unearthed seven notable benefits of pomegranate extract treatment, including:

  1. Lowered oxidative stress levels
  2. Decreased monocytie chemotactic protein-1, linked to artery inflammation
  3. Reduced lipid buildup in the heart
  4. Diminished macrophage infiltration in the heart
  5. Lowered myocardial fibrosis and monocytie chemotactic protein-1 levels
  6. Reduced heart enlargement
  7. Fewer ECG abnormalities

These multifaceted benefits suggest that our long-standing dietary relationship with certain fruits, such as pomegranates, is crucial for organ health. This aligns with Linus Pauling’s theory that a deficiency in vitamin C, a vital component found in fruits, is a core cause of cardiovascular diseases.

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