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How To Prevent Cardiovascular By Using Pomegranate
Risun Bio-Tech Inc | Updated: Sep 08, 2016

How to Prevent Cardiovascular by Using Pomegranate?


   One in three U.S. women has cardiovascular disease and 6.6 million women are living with coronary heart disease (CHD). 

Sadly, 64% of women will die from CHD with no previous symptoms 


      It’s hard to say why women may be more prone to heart issues than men, but one study suggests that women are less healthy 

than men in general, particularly those in the 18–55 years age group. For instance, women had more incidences of diabetes 

(40% versus 27%), obesity (55% versus 48%) and depression (49% versus 24%) than men in a group of nearly 3,000 co-ed 

individuals.


   “It’s a serious health concern that goes overlooked until there is a problem—yet, it’s often a preventable and manageable 

condition. Women of all ages need to care for and protect their hearts against common risk factors,” says Carolina Burki-Sozzi, 

director of product development at Horphag Research (worldwide exclusive supplier of Pycnogenol), Hoboken, NJ.


     How can retailers support women interested in heart health supplements? Well, for one, remind them of old standbys in the 

category (like omega-3s, which provide broad-spectrum heart health support), and try pointing them to some often overlooked 

nutrients identified by industry experts.


     Burki-Sozzi believes this list should include French maritime pine bark extract. A branded form from her company (Pycnogenol) 

has an interesting property: it supports healthy circulation. “Along with healthy diet and exercise, daily supplementation of 

Pycnogenol can help to significantly reduce oxidative stress, enhance endothelial function for improved blood pressure, increase the 

relaxation of constricted blood vessels and even help to maintain healthy cholesterol,” according to Burki-Sozzi.


     Several key studies highlight the benefits of Pycnogenol for heart health. In a 2015 study, daily supplementation with Pycnogenol 

improved endothelial function by 55% after eight weeks, and by 66% after 12 weeks. Study participants had borderline 

hyperglycemia, high cholesterol or high blood pressure .


     In a 2012 crossover trial, the same herb was studied in 23 coronary artery disease patients. Participants took 200 mg/day of 

Pycnogenol for eight weeks and then a placebo after washout (or vice versa). Pycnogenol improved flow-mediated dilatation of the 

brachial artery, while no such benefit was found with the placebo 


     Another heart-supporting herb to discuss with shoppers is hawthorn. According to Mary Bove, N.D., medical educator and 

advisory board member for Gaia Herbs, Brevard, NC, the herb “provides antioxidant support and promotes healthy circulation, 

particularly in the small coronary arteries that support the heart muscle. It supports the electrical system that regulates the heartbeat, 

too.”


     Some of these benefits may be attributed to the herb’s rich source of oligomeric procyanadins (OPCs). David Winston, 

RH (AHG), founder and president of Herbalist & Alchemist, Washington, NJ, says OPCs help stabilize cardiovascular tissue and 

provide antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and mild vasodilator activity. He believes hawthorn is useful for supporting healthy, flexible 

arteries, healthy blood pressure and cardiac function.


     Cheryl Myers, head of scientific affairs and education, EuroPharma, Inc., Green Bay, WI, is a firm believer in the ability of 

curcumin to support heart health, since chronic inflammation can lead to heart disease, especially in the lining of the blood vessels. 

“Inflammation in the cardiovascular system can lead to blockages and weakening of the vessels and curcumin has been proven to 

safely inhibit the inflammatory cascade,” she explains.


     Myers says that curcumin inhibits tissue factor (which may contribute to thrombosis) and modulates nitric oxide (NO) production,

 “which is important for proper blood vessel function.”