HOW CAN POMEGRANATES HELP WITH MENOPAUSE?
The deep red, sweet juice of the pomegranate has been clinically studied to increase the health and vitality of our blood.
Pomegranates are known to be of help for fertility due to them resembling human ovaries. They not only look like ovaries, they produce the same hormones, estrogen and testosterone. This is good news in the treatment of menopause.
Article about the identification of estrone in pomegranate seeds
Our cells layer that make up connective tissue found inside and outside our body is called epithelial tissue. It is flat and packed together and it is this epithelia that has a likeness for the pomegranate seeds inside the pomegranate and it can benefit our epithelia tissue.
There has been a 3 year study on the effects of drinking pomegranate juice with people who had atherosclerosis. After 3 months of drinking pomegranate juice of around 225ml daily, it was noted that the plaque build up in the arteries was reduced by 13%.
Just imagine if you are a regular drinker of pomegranate juice and the huge health benefits you can achieve.
POMEGRANATE FOR MENOPAUSE RELIEF
Pomegranates can be compared to look like an ovary. If you look at an opened pomegranate you can see the likeness of an ovary and its eggs. Pomegranates can provide the same estrogens as your ovary, which are estradial, estrone and estriol.
BONE LOSS REVERSED
There was a study with rats who had their ovaries removed in a study in 2004 in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology. The rats suffered accelerated bone loss but when they were fed pomegranate extract and seeds for 2 weeks, their bone mineral loss reverted to normal rates.
Here is a link to the study.
The same Japanese researchers in the 2004 study also found that when rats were given pomegranate extract, it lowered depression levels. This resulted in them wondering if this could be effective for women with depression.
The rate of death from heart disease in women after menopause is higher than death from breast cancer. The research about pomegranates does seem promising to help women overcome heart disease after menopause. Pomegranates are also high in antioxidants which can help prevent LDL cholesterol from oxidising and leading to heart disease.
One study in the Journal of Medicinal Foods showed that pomegranate juice slows down platelet aggregation and thins blood, preventing clotting.
IMPROVES CORONARY HEART DISEASE
Several different studies have found that cardiovascular health is improved with the use of pomegranate juice since it reduces plaque, increases nitric oxide, and may prevent plaque from building in the arteries in some patients.
A study in 2007 showed that drinking around 225ml of pomegranate juice daily for 3 months increased oxygen flow to the heart muscle in patients at risk of heart disease.
Laboratory studies have shown that the anthocyanidins, flavonoids, and oils found in pomegranates could help prevent breast tumours from developing.
Foods that contain phyto estrogens such as the pomegranate, do not increase the risk of breast cancer. They act as a natural adaptogen which can increase your levels of estrogen when the body is low. They can also block the stronger estrogens when levels are too high.
In 2011, a study in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry compared the pomegranate extract to drugs such as Tamoxifen and Estradiol. The researchers suggested that pomegranate extract may prevent estrogen dependant breast cancers.
Here is the study about Tamoxifen
HOW DO POMEGRANATES WORK THEIR MAGIC?
Around a 225ml glass of pomegranate juice contains about 40% of the RDA of vitamin C, and also is rich in vitamins A and E and folic acid.
Pomegranates contain antioxidants known as phytochemicals which can protect your cells in the body. The juice of a pomegranate was found to contain high levels of antioxidants than most other fruit juices such as cranberry or blueberry and even more than red wine or green tea.
I have always known that pomegranates were good for heart health but from doing more research I have found them to also benefit women during menopause. So why not include some into your diet today either by drinking the juice or eating the seeds.