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What is pomegranate?

A fruit that goes by the scientific name of Punica granatum, the pomegranate can be found in India, Europe, and Asia, as well as the western parts of the United States. In addition to being valued for its unusual taste, pomegranate is mentioned in a number of sacred writings dating back many thousands of years.

What is pomegranate used for?

Pomegranate can justifiably be considered a "superfood" based on its extremely high concentration of antioxidants, which may go far toward explaining its seeming usefulness against a wide array of chronic and degenerative diseases.

One of pomegranate’s most remarkable properties may be the ability to promote cardiovascular health to a degree not seen in other phytonutrients. Consider that various research points to pomegranate’s ability to not only reduce but possibly even reverse atherosclerosis, so-called "hardening of the arteries." No other natural substance yet known has this property.

One of the reasons that LDL ("bad") cholesterol can be so damaging is because it impairs the body’s production of nitric oxide, a compound that promotes proper circulation and healthy blood pressure. (Incidentally, male potency-enhancing drugs such as Viagra and Cialis work by raising levels of nitric oxide.) Some scientists contend that one of the reasons pomegranate is so good for the cardiovascular system is in part due to its ability to lower LDL levels, in turn improving blood flow and reducing hypertension. Interestingly, studies with mice specially bred to be predisposed to heart disease indicate that pomegranate’s arterial plaque-reducing abilities are most effective where there is the highest level of buildup, meaning that the sickest people potentially stand to gain the most from its use.

An especially remarkable property of pomegranate is its apparent usefulness in inhibiting various forms of cancer, such as those of the prostate, breast, lung, and colon. It seems to accomplish this by promoting proper cell division and development as well as a thicker epidermal layer. This may also be a factor in the observation that high intake of pomegranate reduces the rate of skin aging, since epidermal cells are normally subject to a high level of free radical damages that affects them on the genetic level. (An increasing number of topical products now include pomegranate for this reason.)

Pomegranate has other potentially useful—and surprising—application as well. In one study, scientists looked at the antimicrobial properties of pomegranate and found that in a group of sixty subjects, regular use of a pomegranate-based mouth rinse significantly reduced dental plaque and gum inflammation. Be aware that oral health not only correlates with keeping your teeth into old age but with reducing the risk of heart disease.

Women will be intrigued by the high phytoestrogen content of pomegranate. In one study, a group of several dozen women undergoing menopause who used pomegranate extract for three months experienced significant relief from hot flashes. Moreover, many of them reported better sleep, something that generally equates with overall better health.

How is pomegranate taken?

Many people simply drink the juice, of course, generally a few ounces at breakfast. However, many others prefer to ingest pomegranate in capsule or tablet form, in some cases because they dislike the taste of the juice but often because they wish to avoid the extra calories and sugar. Simple convenience is also a reason.

Potent pill forms of pomegranate equivalent to several ounces of juice per capsule are now available. If you use this form, follow the label directions.

Is pomegranate safe?

Keep in mind that pomegranate has been used as food and beverage for thousands of years, and so it has an excellent track record of safety. That said, if you have any heath care issues, always consult with a knowledgeable professional before using this or any other supplement.

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