Why Women Should Consume More Pomegranate
Despite an barrage of messaging to the contrary, aging is not a disease. To the contrary, it is a natural process that requires natural support. Despite this, conventional medicine often convinces women to take synthetic hormone replacement and drugs in order to prevent age associated physiological changes, but often with deleterious consequences to health.
Conventional approaches to preventing age-associated hormone insufficiency and related health concerns such a low bone mineral density (BMD) rely heavily on synthetic hormone replacement therapies and drugs which increase BMD by chemically disrupting bone physiology, such as killing osteoclasts (bone degrading cells).
Obviously, the drug-based approach, which often amounts to poisoning the body into conforming to the surface appearance of physiological normality, is not the most intelligent choice given that natural alternatives not only exist, but have been used safely and effectively since time immemorial to address so-called “change of life” symptoms. But as we discussed elsewhere in connection with osteoporosis and osteopenia myths, logic is not always the driving force behind medical policy decisions or the standard of care. Natural processes, from childbirth to the normal thinning of the bone that attends again, are radically redefined in the interest of market pressures and profit motives. Various aspects of aging, in particular =-resulting in the manufacturer of fictitious diseases, and then diagnose and coerce aging populations to take highly profitable but dangerous and completely unnecessary drugs.
In order for women to regain control of their health, food-based strategies make the most sense. Foods and spices, for instance, can be used to support the ailing or deficient endocrine system both by helping to address root-causes of deficiencies, as well as by providing life-sustaining nourishment. I address some of the relevant research on this topic in a previous article, “Spicing Up Your Hormones Without Hormone Replacement.”
Bioidentical hormone replacement does have its place, especially if you can find a health practitioner with a background in functional medicine who uses only natural forms and monitors the patient appropriately. The main problem is that conventional HRT, which often uses animal-derived and/or synthetically altered hormones, also carries serious if not life-threatening side effects, including the formation of deadly blood clots and increasing the risk of cancer in hormone sensitive tissues such as the breast.
The good news is that there are some food-based strategies that may have at least as much power as HRT to support the hormone needs of aging populations, but without any of the side effects; to the contrary, the side benefits are often astoundingly diverse.
We’ve discussed in previous articles how pomegranate may actually function as a “backup ovary.” Not only have pomegranates been found to reverse ovariectomy-induced changes in the animal model of menopause, but amazingly, the seeds of the pomegranate fruit, which is the actual fruiting ovary of the pomegranate plant, contains estrogens such as estrone and estradiol, and the androgen testosterone (no less important for women’s health and well-being), chemically identical to those produced by the human ovary. How poetic is that?
Another reason why pomegranate may be uniquely suited to support age-associated declines in steroid hormone production is it contains significant quantities of vitamin C, and which has recently been found to contribute to the regeneration of steroid hormone metabolites, both increasing their bioactivity and reducing their potential carcinogencity. Keep in mind that pomegranate contains the highly bioactive form of vitamin C only found in food, which is distinguished from ascorbic acid and which delivered in the context of food is qualitatively different and arguably far superior in its physiological effects even when administered at a lower molecular weight.
Keep in mind that pomegranate is probably the most important cardioprotective agent we have reported on. There is compelling evidence that the consumption of pomegranate juice may actually reverse plaque buildup in the arteries — a therapeutic property that even the multi-billion dollar class of cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins does not possess. But this is only the tip of the iceberg. Pomegranate has been researched to possess over 100 distinct health benefits. The point is that consuming pomegranate is likely to significantly impact age-associated declines in health, and that beyond simply its ability to support hormone health, it could be considered one of the most important longevity promoting foods on the planet.
For additional tips on ideal foods to prevent age-associated health changes in general you can view the GreenMedInfo.com database on Aging research.
Article Source: GreenMedInfo