If you are looking for blood pressure natural cures and at the same time for magical foods to look young and attractive, eat pomegranates. Pomegranates are well known for rejuvenating our body tissues while helping prevent an array of chronic diseases such as hypertension.

During the last 7 years, we have seen a large increase in scientific studies dealing with pomegranates, pomegranate juice, and pomegranate extract as a medicinal and nutritional product, due mainly to its effect in the fight of hypertension and atherosclerosis.

The pomegranate tree and its fruit possess a vast medical history due to its phytochemical reservoir. They can be separated into the following parts:

1. Seeds
2. Juice
3. Peel
4. Leaves
5. Flowers
6. Bark
7. And roots

Each one of these parts has interesting pharmacologic activity. Juice and peels, for example, possess potent antioxidant properties, while juice, peel and oil are all weakly estrogenic, of interest for the treatment of menopausal symptoms. The use of juice, peel and oil has also been shown to possess anticancer activities associated with the plant anti-inflammatory effects.

High Blood Pressure Remedies

By now, scientists are considering pomegranates one of the healthiest foods people can eat, largely because of their beneficial effects on cardiovascular health. Latest research has shown pomegranates to be the food with most antioxidants. They contain three times more antioxidants than green tea and red wine.

Pomegranates contain an array of beneficial phytonutrients and potent antioxidants such as

1. Phenols
2. Tannins
3. Punicalagins

the latest being a compound unique to pomegranates. Researchers have determined that oxidative stress, the damage caused to our cells by free radicals, can alter the balance between constriction and dilation of blood vessels, a condition that contributes to high blood pressure. By stopping oxidative stress, the compounds found in pomegranates may help prevent too much constriction of blood vessels and lower blood pressure (Kitiyakara C et al 1998).

Blood vessels

Scientists also believe that pomegranates, a potent source of antioxidants, may promote healthy blood pressure levels by both enhancing the activity and preventing the degradation of an important agent responsible for dilating the blood vessels (Ignarro LJ et al 2006). As you may know, a healthy dilation of blood vessels promotes a normal blood pressure level.

In addition, thanks to their high content of water and potassium and their low content of sodium, pomegranates promote the elimination of liquid through the kidneys, one more reason that supports a healthy blood pressure.

Additional medicinal benefits of pomegranates

Atherosclerosis – Due to its richness of flavonoids and antioxidant vitamins C and E, pomegranates prevent atherosclerosis. In a recent study, patients who took a glass of pomegranate juice every day felt better after 10 days of start taking it.

A study, published by Atherosclerosis, 2001, showed that consumption of pomegranate juice, which is rich in tannins, possesses anti-atherosclerotic properties which could be related to its potent anti-oxidative characteristics. The researchers studied the effect of pomegranate juice consumption (50 ml per day for 2 weeks) by hypertensive patients on their blood pressure. A 5% reduction in systolic blood pressure (the higher number) was noted. The researchers concluded that pomegranate juice can offer wide protection against cardiovascular diseases.

Degenerative illnesses – Due to its content of anthocyanins (pigments of red and blue colour known as flavonoids) and vitamins C and E, pomegranates stop the ageing process and appearance of degenerative illnesses.

Blood purifier- A long treatment with pomegranate juice detoxifies and regenerates the blood. Pomegranates are known as “the queen” of naturopath geriatrics; they are excellent nutrition for old people as well as children.

Diabetes – Pomegranates are an excellent fruit for diabetics because they do not spark blood sugar. They protect them against atherosclerosis and hypertension, two major risks for diabetics.

Menopause – Due to their content of estrogen, pomegranates are recommended to prevent discomforts caused by menopause. Japanese women eat this fruit to prevent such discomforts.

Anti-anemia – Because of its richness in minerals, vitamin C and copper, pomegranate juice is well known for is anti-anaemia effects. Pomegranates improve anaemia cause by iron deficiency.

Chronic inflammation – Pomegranate juice, taken before breakfast and a half hour before meals are quite effective to fight laryngitis, sinusitis, and ear inflammation with suppuration.

Final words

As you have seen, we can consider pomegranates a great contribution when it comes to blood pressure natural cures. However, if you are really serious about fighting hypertension, pomegranates are only one more player among the key foods you need to include in a diet that will prevent and fight hypertension.

Author

I am Andy Carpenter and I would start by saying that I have a Bachelor Degree in Nutrition Science conferred by California State University, Los Angeles and that I am certified as a Registered Dietitian.

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