Blueberry Extract prevents cataract formation in lab animals

April 14, 2005

OXYS rats develop cataracts 100% of the time by 6 months old. By 2 months old there are already pathological changes in their eyes that lead to cataract formation down the road. These rats have very high levels of free radical in their blood. Giving these rats blueberry extract along with Bilberry extract and Vitamin E decreased the number of rats that developed cataracts and also decreased the level of free radicals in their blood to normal levels for healthy rats. The study is published in the March 2004 issue of the Bulletin of Experimental Biology and Medicine.

Pomegranate helps protect artery walls from damage caused by high blood pressure

The banging of blood into artery walls during periods of high blood pressure increases the amount of atherosclerotic-artery clogging plaque at these sites. Human coronary artery tissue and mouse arteries exposed to this type of bombardment were treated with a pomegranate liquid preparation. The pomegranate reduced levels of genes that cause free radical-inflammatory damage to the arteries and improved the ability of human coronary artery tissue and the mouse arteries to dilate (open properly for healthy blood flow) - the ability of blood vessels to dilate is decreased by the banging of blood against them abnormally. In the mice that by the way had high cholesterol, supplementing with the pomegranate preparation significantly reduced the progression of hardening of the arteries. This study indicates that the stress against artery walls that leads to advancing stages of atherosclerosis due to high blood pressure can be reversed by pomegranate. The study appears in the March 2005 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, Washington, DC.

Pomegranate may protect the skin from the suns UVB radiation

The suns ultraviolet B radiation causes sunburn, excess pigment discoloration of the skin, suppression of the immune system, excessive growth of skin cells, aging of the skin, and skin cancer. Pomegranate contains unique ingredients including the anthocyanin polyphenols delphinidin, cyaniding, and pelargonidin, and the tannin polyphenols punicalin, pedunculagin, punicalagin, gallagic and Ellagic acid esters that possess powerful antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties. Recently these researchers demonstrated that pomegranate has anticancer effects protecting lab animals from cancer causing chemicals (carcinogens). Pre-treating one day before UVB exposure decreased the release of genes that cause damage to healthy skin cells and inhibited inflammation of healthy skin tissue. The conclusion is that Pomegranate extract protects skin from UVB radiation damage and aging. The research was conducted at the Department of Dermatology, University of Wisconsin and is published in the Jan-Feb issue of the journal Photochemistry and Photobiology.