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Benefits Of Pomegranate Seed Oil For Menopause

Check these menopause supplements, and you will see that up until now, relieving menopause, a big deal transition in the life of all women, still relies heavily on ancient traditions on centuries-old remedies that consist mostly of botanical extracts, including maca plant, black cohosh, soy, and pomegranate. Could a traditional fruit originating from the arid regions of Middle East and known to civilizations in ancient times hold the key to ending one of the most challenging phases in the life of a woman?

 

Pomegranate: The Key To A Happy Menopause?

 

Pomegranate has found its way to different regions in the world and widely enjoyed as part of baked goodies, juiced, prepared into teas, formulated into supplements, and even used raw for the remedy of common ailments. In Ayurveda medicine, a system of healing that originated from India, pomegranate continues to be used for to heal and relieve the following diseases and conditions:

 

  • Indigestion, bloating and constipation
  • High cholesterol levels
  • Low blood pressure and anemia
  • Infertility and lack of libido among men and women
  • Relief of menopause, menstrual pains, and other hormone-related concerns
  • Wound, acne and aging skin
  • Prevention of stroke and heart attacks

According to two studies quoted by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health in its website:

 

  • Pomegranate may lessen infections among dialysis patients. The observation involved 100 dialysis patients where researchers noted that patients who took pomegranate for a year logged in fewer hospital visits due to diseases.
  • Pomegranate may help prevent the formation of dental plaques when infused in mouthwash. The study had 30 subjects.

 

What makes pomegranate so good? There are useful nutrients in every part of the fruit:

 

  • Peel: phenolics, flavonoids, ellagitannins, and proanthocyanidin compounds, minerals, mainly potassium, nitrogen, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and sodium, and complex polysaccharides
  • Edible part of the fruit: ascorbic acid, citric acid, and malic acid, phenolics and flavonoids
  • Seed: antioxidants
  • Seed oil: linoleic acid, oleic acid, and punicic acid

 

There is a limited number of studies explicitly linking pomegranate oil and other plant components of this plant to menopause. Yet, based on the fruit’s composition, centuries worth of reliance on this fruit for the relief of menopause symptoms may indeed have a basis. Listed below are just some of the benefits that can be derived from pomegranate about the symptoms of menopause :

 

  • Promotes cardiovascular health. The gradual decrease in estrogen production causes uncontrollable temper and mood swings which can increase high blood pressure, anxiety and depression, all of which can impact heart health. It’s possible that the high antioxidant content and the essential fatty acids present in pomegranate seed oil may be the reasons for this benefit.

 

  • Reduces inflammation. Menopause increases the risk of women to some diseases and tissue deterioration which leads to muscle and joint pains, bone loss, and even memory loss, just to name a few.

 

  • Raises antioxidant levels. During menopause, your body cells slow down in activity, most especially since estrogen regulates many of these processes, including bone development, decreased the rate of metabolism, and higher stress levels, including more elevated cortisol levels.

 

  • Relieves hot flashes and night sweats. These are two of the most common and most pronounced symptoms of menopause.

 

The onset of menopause increases a woman’s risk to some diseases, including osteoporosis, ovarian and cervical cancers, and breast cancer. In 2010, a study published in the American Association for Cancer Research in 2010 confirmed that pomegranates may help prevent breast cancer as a result of its vibrant makeup of phytochemicals, more specifically ellagitannins, found in the fruit. Researchers explained that ellagitannins inhibited cancer cell growth in estrogen-responsive breast cancers.

 

In a study published in the journal, Menopause, in 2012, the researchers rejected the popular notion that pomegranate seed oil can help relieve hot flashes. The researchers documented the response of 81 subjects to either a two daily dose of pomegranate seed oil or a placebo. The researchers noted improvements in menopause symptoms in both groups, and while the upgrades were higher among those given treatment, the difference was not significant. The researchers further observed a substantial decrease in sleeping disorders among those who took the medication. There was a lingering effect of the pomegranate seed oil that was noted from observations made after the 12-week study period.

 

 

Conclusion

 

It’s generally challenging to manage menopause. It’s sad how very little is still known about this condition and what can be done to help women better cope with the specific symptoms. It isn’t surprising that women always turn to what their grandmothers’ high, high, tall grandmothers have passed on generation after generation for menopause relief — pomegranate oil being one of those. In any case, you want a taste of science to back up these age-old claims.

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