Pomegranate juice is supposed to stimulate production or effects of the paraoxonase enyzme family.
The PON molecules, as they get referred to, seem to turbocharge beneficial functionality of HDL, induce expulsion of ox-LDL from foam cells in artery walls slowly reducing blockages, and act as an anti-oxidant in the blood stream.
Unless your arteries are a serious or maybe I should say disastrous blocked mess, most people won't notice much of an effect. Improvements are slow, but are better than worsening blockages. I am, or was, such a person.
Plus I think PJ lowers blood pressure. I have about 6 oz PJ at breakfast and lunch, 6 oz water. Dinner, I mix about 3 oz PJ with 10 oz of water.
My wife thinks it must be good, as I am still way too "frisky" in the bedroom, especially for 57 and a serious heart disease patient.
I have been reading some about migraines, and they seem related via arterial disfunction and low EPC counts to heart disease.
I am curious about readers on this exchange, whether many who reduce their CVD risk factors get migraines, or did in the past. Did your efforts to combat heart disease reduce or completely take away your migraines ?
re: " I have no angina, shortness of breath, swollen ankels and feet or any other illness for that matter in the last seven years. Life is GOOD."
I think you mentioned the doctor gave you 18 months. To live ? For CHF to set in ? That is similar to my wife asking the cardiologist a couple months after surgery about my projected life span ? He gave her no answer, and she started to cry.
I've been doing just about everything possible, and it sounds like you do also. I don't recall much of your particulars in your exercise. Since you are doing really well, too, as is EG, I think it might be cool for some other well-recovered heart patients to post thorough bio's in this exchange, as well as in the WeMD Heart Disease and my Heart Health Cardiac Rehab exchange.
People looking on WebMD need to see more on successful recoveries, not just glean it a tiny bit at a time. The less they see, the more excuses they have to not do what they need to do. Recovery becomes the anomaly, not the achievable goal we have proven it can be.View Thread
We look at all the recommendations for healthy things, and if there is room for a little variety with a newly recommended item, add it.
I first got into pistachios as a nut with lowest oil content. Then turns out it has considerable benefits.
I found blueberries good for blood pressure, then found a blueberry pomegranate juice mix that worked well, lots of anti-oxidants. Then learned more about pomegranates, and the juice mix started adding grape and apple, so I went 100% pomegranate.
High anti-oxidant dried fruit snacks helps avoid spoilage.
People can take niacin pills, or eat foods high in niacin.
We dance around and through what is recommended, see what makes us feel best, or what we can get by with, and come up with our individual diet.View Thread
Ones weekly exercise improvement, and big improvements over time, indicate improved blood flow and a stronger heart.
If blockages worsen, shortness of breath and angina will be more frequent and more severe.
If heart failure sets in, ankles and feet will gradually swell.
My HMO is so certain of my imminent demise, but so certain it will be expensive first with medical interventions, that twice in the past four years, they have had a nurse call me at home every month to ask me a battery of questions over the phone. We are doing it again this Spring.
The first 6 months after my stents were added, 8 months after bypass surgery, a doctor visited me at home every two weeks doing the same thing. I took a day off from work to be home to see her. The HMO did not accept that I did not need to see her.
The odds are seriously in their favor that I will worsen and require hospitalization. They hope to catch that early and minimize their costs. They seem to have no provision in their system that a person can be trusted to make all necessary lifestyle changes and have disease regression and a strengthened heart. There are probably more people lying and making false claims that they do those things, than people who actually do. Or if they manage for awhile, eventually they stop and do worsen.
The Reaper always wins. When heart disease is the "weapon of choice", no other is usually necessary.
Taking the disease seriously is itself rare. My little wake-up call was five very serious, extremely heavy bouts of "angina", that were almost major heart attacks, in about 3 days, while on vacation visiting my wife's family in a very small town in Nicaragua. Two of them were on the same day within 15 minutes of each other. They were both exertional in cause, but not much. They lasted a couple minutes each or more.
I was hit with almost the same level of pain from those four times I have eaten the burger, the fries, the avocado, the walnuts. But then I was home, minutes from a big hospital, and armed with nitro spray. The walnuts led to my stents and minor heart attack. The avocado caused over 3 hours of chest pain unrelieved by nitro, and a two-day hospitalization and more tests.
A person has to be an idiot to not connect the dots.
For me, the nuts are really dangerous, because the negative effect takes a few weeks to build up, and months to dissipate and recover from.
If in any week I get no chest pain, and can exercise and do anything I want, except fatigue will nail me eventually, then I am doing well, and probably getting a tiny bit better that week.
This canary still sings, mainly songs in the key of life and health.
No, I'm not very concerned about Campbell's view. Few studies are comprehensive enough, and its difficult to isolate causes completely from environmental factors.
Cancer rates are also higher with less fruit and veggies, and with higher fat diets. Cancer occurs more frequently with obesity, smoking, inactivity, excessive animal protein consumption. And most animal protein consumption is accompanied by a pretty high animal fat consumption.
Any cancer studies looking at general animal meat consumption relative to amount consumed, or studies with modest amounts of animal protein with minimal animal fat, and how that compared to other studies ?
I don't think the beef or poultry industries will sponsor studies to encourage people to eat significantly less of their product, even if it gives a healthy result.
RE: "Flour products are at the bottom of the nutrition ladder, as another example. A meal full of vegetables, but where most of the calories come from bread, is a lost opportunity to take in healthful nutrition, but instead gives a blast of empty calories, which promotes inflammation and sub-optimal health."
Wow. That's really taking a hammer to the whole grains.
Exercise is of course anti-inflammatory with the interleukin production. So skipping days is giving inflammation an opportunity to take advantage.
Initial studies on all parts of the pomegranate showed that there appeared to be no active nutritional benefits coming from the seeds. Flowers, skin, juice, pulp yes, but seeds no. I'm sure there will be further research to confirm it.
Since pomegranate aids reversal and turbocharges reverse cholesterol transport, regular use should help one feel better. Congratulations, you seem to be normal !
I'll throw in my two cents from some months ago, again.
The fat content of nuts is of concern for folks with severe heart disease, like me. I had been two years exercising without nitro spray until I added just 4-5 nuts daily to my diet. Nothing near even an ounce. Yet I can have an ounce of pistachios every day without a problem, without developing any chest pain or discomfort during exercise.
Whether to add them is still personal, and not a a robotic response to a report or recommendation . Make diet changes one at a time, with a couple weeks between them to see how you tolerate the change and its effect.