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Pomegranate 350+ (140Mg Ellagic Acid), 60 Vegetarian Capsules, From Nature's Life
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The Pomegranate (Punica granatum) is a fruit-bearing deciduous shrub or small tree growing to 5–8 m tall. The pomegranate is native from Iran to the Himalayas in northern India and has been cultivated and naturalized over the whole Mediterranean region including Armenia since ancient times. It is widely cultivated throughout Iran, India and the drier parts of southeast Asia, Malaya, the East Indies and tropical Africa.
Providing 40% of an adult's daily vitamin C requirement per 100 ml serving, pomegranate juice is also a good source of folic acid and antioxidant polyphenols. The most abundant polyphenols in pomegranate juice are hydrolyzable tannins, particularly punicalagins shown in 38 peer-reviewed research publications over 1990-2007 to have free-radical scavenging ability.
Many food and dietary supplement makers have found the advantages of using pomegranate extracts (which have no sugar, calories, or additives), instead of the juice, as healthy ingredients in their products. Many pomegranate extracts are essentially ellagic acid, a metabolized by-product of the ellagitannin punicalagins shown to be bioavailable after juice consumption.
In preliminary laboratory research and human pilot studies, juice of the pomegranate has been found effective in reducing heart disease risk factors, including LDL oxidation, macrophage oxidative status, and foam cell formation, all of which are steps in atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease. Tannins have been identified as the primary components responsible for the reduction of oxidative stress which led to these risk factors. Pomegranate has been shown to reduce systolic blood pressure by inhibiting serum angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE).
Research suggests that pomegranate juice may be effective against prostate cancer and osteoarthritis. In 2007, six clinical trials in the United States, Israel and Norway have been approved to examine the effects of pomegranate juice consumption on parameters of prostate cancer or prostatic hyperplasia, diabetes or lymphoma.
The juice may also have antiviral and antibacterial effects against dental plaque. It may reduce the buildup of harmful proteins associated with Alzheimer's disease by half and help fight lung cancer.
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