The antioxidants in PomeMax? linked to a healthy heartStudy 1: The High levels of Vitamin C in PomeMax? may help reduce inflammation in the body, particularly the heart
Systemic inflammation is one of the main metabolic processes fundamental to heart disease as it triggers instability in the inner lining of the coronary arteries. Chronic inflammation causes elevated blood levels of C-reactive protein and studies have demonstrated that the C-reactive protein is a significant indicator for heart disease risk.
Inflammation is made worse by a processed diet high in hydrogenated fats and refined carbohydrates.
The significance of vitamin C in relation to our health was highlighted by the work of Nobel Prize winning researcher Linus Pauling, who revealed that the nutrient could be combined with the amino acids lysine and proline to create a powerful agent capable of removing arterial plaque.
The results of a study conducted by the University of California Berkeley and published in the journal Free Radical Biology and Medicine, 2008 demonstrates the power of vitamin C to reduce inflammation in the body, particularly the heart.
"This is clearly a line of research worth pursuing," said lead researcher Block. "Our data suggest that vitamin C should be investigated as an alternative to statins, or as something to be used to delay the time when statin use becomes necessary."Study 2: The Pomegranate in PomeMax? Improves Blood Flow to the Heart
Blood flow to the heart slowly becomes restricted over time as our arteries stiffen and thicken due to increased blood pressure and metabolic imbalance from high blood sugar and insulin resistance. Arterial hardening is documented as a significant cause of heart disease as the muscles that line the endothelial wall constrict, so the heart has to pump harder to force blood to circulate around the body. Eventually hardened arteries can lead to heart failure.
Pomegranate has been shown to reverse the signs of arterial stiffening as it relaxes the muscles that control blood flow to the heart. The results of a study published in the journal Clinical Nutrition 'Pomegranate juice consumption for 3 years by patients reduces blood pressure and LDL oxidation' Michael Aviram, 2005 showed that after just 3 months of supplementation with pomegranate extract, arterial wall thickness decreased by 35% and dangerous LDL cholesterol oxidation was reduced by 90%.
"The positive results of the present study thus suggest that Pomegranate Juice consumption by patients with a raised blood pressure and these effects could be related to the potent antioxidant characteristics of Pomegranate Juice polyphenols" Aviram, 2005.