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Benefits of Pomegranate Pills

by
author image Brandon Dotson
Brandon Dotson is a graduate of Lehman college with a Bachelor of Science in health education and a minor in marketing. He has been a writer for over five years and plans on pursuing a master's degree in marketing.
Benefits of Pomegranate Pills
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Pomegranate is a fruit that has been used for centuries in Asia and the Middle East to treat indigestion and antibacterial infections. Most of its effects are due to antioxidants called polyphenols. Evidence indicates that consuming pomegranate fruit extract can provide several benefits for overall health. Consult your health care provider before taking pomegranate pills.

Prostate Cancer

Pomegranate extract might halt prostate cancer growth, according to a study conducted by researchers at Germany's Philipps University, which discovered that human prostate cancer cells exposed to pomegranate extract underwent apoptosis, or programmed cell death. Although this finding is promising, further research on humans is necessary. The research was published in the 2004 issue of the “Journal of Medicinal Food.”

Inflammation

Chronic inflammation can cause narrowing of your blood vessels, leading to a reduction in blood to vital organs in your body. This in turn prevents your organs from receiving the proper nutrients it needs to function properly and increases the risk for insulin resistance, high cholesterol, heart disease and high blood pressure. Researchers at Case University found that pomegranate extract inhibits the enzyme cyclo-oxygenase, which increases the formation of pro-inflammatory cells, according to research reported in the June 2008 issue of the “Journal of Inflammation."

Influenza

Pomegranate extract might reduce your risk for getting the flu. Scientists at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston discovered that pomegranate extract contains the polyphenol punicalagin, which showed anti-influenza properties in the lab, according to findings reported in the December 2009 issue of “Phytomedicine.”

Interactions

According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, pomegranate extract might interfere with certain medications, including statins and ACE inhibitors. Consult your health care provider before taking pomegranate extract.

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