Pomegranate

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Pomegranate ★★★

Like cherries, pomegranates may also help you recover faster after exercising 1.

The peels have strong antimicrobial compounds. One study found it effective at killing off listeria, e-coli and Yersinia enterocolitica 3.

The fleshly part of the fruit has antiviral qualities and works well with Tamiflu and Oseltamivir to kill off the flu (influenza) according to studies 2,16. Pomegranates are great for overall oral health, especially gingivitis 4. The oil of the seed is a good source of Conjugated Linoleic Acid, also known as CLA, which can help with weight loss and perhaps type-2 diabetes 5. Pomegranates are great for heart health and they’re especially good at reducing the amount of plaque in your arteries (atherosclerosis) and your risk for stroke by keeping blood cell platelets from sticking together so much6.

Pomegranate juice is full of the antioxidants ellagic acid and punicalagin, which can heal damage from free radicals and help preserve the collagen in your skin. One study found that the punicalagin antioxidant is responsible for Pomegranate’s ability to fight the flu specifically the H3N2 virus but in combination with Oseltamivir (or other flu prevention medication) it may possibly help ward off the H1N1 swine flu virus 15.

The fruit has been reported to contain more antioxidants than most other red and purple fruits, red wine, and green tea.
 
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Since it is so good for the heart, it may help increase sex drive in men 13. It is a very powerful antioxidant and anti inflammatory fruit that isalso anti hypertensive (helps lower high blood pressure) and is also showing tremendous promise as a powerful cancer fighter 7-13. One study (although small) found that patients with rheumatoid arthritis, who took POMx supplements (Pomegranate extract) had significant improvement in their overall joint pain. The results suggest pomegranates and or Pomegranate extract may help reduce general and more severe arthritic joint pain 14.
 

 

References
  1. Trombold J, Barnes J, Critchley L, Coyle E. Ellagitannin consumption improves strength recovery 2-3 d after eccentric exercise. Medicine And Science In Sports And Exercise. March 2010;42(3):493-498.
  2. Haidari M, Ali M, Ward Casscells S, Madjid M. Pomegranate (Punica granatum) purified polyphenol extract inhibits influenza virus and has a synergistic effect with oseltamivir. Phytomedicine: International Journal Of Phytotherapy And Phytopharmacology. December 2009;16(12):1127-1136.
  3. Al-Zoreky N. Antimicrobial activity of pomegranate (Punica granatum L.) fruit peels. International Journal Of Food Microbiology. September 15, 2009;134(3):244-248.
  4. DiSilvestro R, DiSilvestro D, DiSilvestro D. Pomegranate extract mouth rinsing effects on saliva measures relevant to gingivitis risk. Phytotherapy Research: PTR [serial online]. August 2009;23(8):1123-1127.
  5. McFarlin B, Strohacker K, Kueht M. Pomegranate seed oil consumption during a period of high-fat feeding reduces weight gain and reduces type 2 diabetes risk in CD-1 mice. The British Journal Of Nutrition [serial online]. July 2009;102(1):54-59.
  6. Mattiello T, Trifirò E, Jotti G, Pulcinelli F. Effects of pomegranate juice and extract polyphenols on platelet function. Journal Of Medicinal Food. April 2009;12(2):334-339.
  7. Nair V, Dai Z, Khan M, Ciolino H. Pomegranate extract induces cell cycle arrest and alters cellular phenotype of human pancreatic cancer cells. Anticancer Research. September 2011;31(9):2699-2704.
  8. Jurenka JS: Therapeutic applications of pomegranate (Punica granatum L.): a review. Altern Med Rev 13: 128-144, 2008.
  9. Syed DN, Afaq F and Mukhtar H: Pomegranate derived products for cancer prevention. Semin Cancer Biol 17: 377-385, 2007.
  10. Khan GN, Gorin MA, Rosenthal D, Pan Q, Bao LW, Wu ZF, Newman RA, Pawlus AD, Yang P, Lansky EP and Merajver SD: Pomegranate fruit extract impairs invasion and motility in human breast cancer. Integr Cancer Ther 8: 242-253, 2009.
  11. Rettig MB, Heber D, An J, Seeram NP, Rao JY, Liu H, Klatte T, Belldegrun A, Moro A, Henning SM, Mo D, Aronson WJ and Pantuck A: Pomegranate extract inhibits androgen independent prostate cancer growth through a nuclear factor–kappaB- dependent mechanism. Mol Cancer Ther 7: 2662-2671, 2008.
  12. Adhami VM, Khan N and Mukhtar H: Cancer chemoprevention by pomegranate: laboratory and clinical evidence. Nutr Cancer 61: 811-815, 2009.
  13. Heber D, Seeram N, Wyatt H, et al. Safety and antioxidant activity of a pomegranate ellagitannin-enriched polyphenol dietary supplement in overweight individuals with increased waist size. Journal Of Agricultural And Food Chemistry. November 28, 2007;55(24):10050-10054.
  14. Balbir-Gurman A, Fuhrman B, Braun-Moscovici Y, Markovits D, Aviram M. Consumption of pomegranate decreases serum oxidative stress and reduces disease activity in patients with active rheumatoid arthritis: a pilot study. The Israel Medical Association Journal: IMAJ [serial online]. August 2011;13(8):474-479.
  15. Haidari M, Ali M, Ward Casscells S, Madjid M. Pomegranate (Punica granatum) purified polyphenol extract inhibits influenza virus and has a synergistic effect with oseltamivir. Phytomedicine: International Journal Of Phytotherapy And Phytopharmacology. December 2009;16(12):1127-1136.

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