drugs are, or how they may even contrib- ute to the acceleration of process itself.

the disease

Further Validation of Pomegranate's Artery-Clearing Properties Pomegranate's value in cardiovascular

health may be quiet broad, as evidenced by the following experimentally confirmed properties:

Anti-inflammatory: Like many chronic degenerative

diseases, inflammation plays a significant role in cardiovascular disease pathogen- esis. There are five studies on GreenMed- indicating pomegranate's anti- inflammatory properties.

Blood-Pressure Lowering: Pomegranate juice has natural an-

giotensin converting enzyme inhibiting properties, and is a nitric oxide enhanc- er, two well-known pathways for reduc- ing blood pressure. Finally, pomegranate extract rich in punicalagin has been found reduce the adverse effects of perturbed stress on arterial segments exposed to disturbed flow.

Anti-Infective: Plaque buildup in the arteries often

involves secondary viral and bacterial infection, including hepatitis C and Chlamydia pneumoniae. Pomegranate has a broad range of anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties.


One of the ways in which blood lipids become heart disease-promoting (atherogenic) is through oxidation. LDL, for instance, may be technically 'elevat- ed' but harmless as long as it does not readily oxidize. Pomegranate has been found to reduce the oxidative stress in the blood, as measured by serum para- oxonase levels. One study in mice found this decrease in oxidative stress was as- sociated with 44% reduction in the size of atherosclerotic lesions.

Ant-Infective: While it is commonly overlooked,

cardiovascular disease, and more par- ticularly atherosclerosis, is connected to infection. Dentists know this, which is why they often prescribe antibiotics fol- lowing dental work which releases bacteria into systemic circulation.

Plaque in the arteries can also harbor viral pathogens. Pomegranate happens to have potent antiviral and antibacte- rial properties relevant to cardiovascular disease initiation and progression. It has been studied to combat the following infectious organisms:

Avian Influenza Candida Escherichia Coli Hepatitis B HIV

Influenza A Poxviruses Salmonella SARS Staphylococcus auerus Vaccinia virus Vibrio (Cholera) virus

Sayer Ji is founder of, a reviewer at the International Journal of Human Nutrition and Functional Medi- cine, Co-founder and CEO of Systome Biomed, Vice Chairman of the Board of the National Health Federation, Steering Committee Member of the Global Non- GMO Foundation.

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