Pomegranate: An Amazing Antioxidant
By now, many of you are probably somewhat familiar with Pomegranate or Punica Granatum Extract. It is now available in numerous products such as juice, internal supplements, and teas. It is considered to be one of the oldest known medicines dating back to 1552 B.C. Ancient Greek healers used it to control conditions such as arthritis, digestive disorders, infections and other health related issues. Pomegranate is native to North Africa and can be found in the Middle East, India, China, and Spain. Biblical references describe it as "a life-giving fruit."
Pomegranate is pressed from the seeds of the pomegranate and is rich in antioxidants, essential vitamins and minerals. It is high in ellagic acid, an antioxidant which can help combat free radical damage. It is also high in pnicic acid, a compound similar to conjugated linoleic acid (CLA).
Pomegranate is reported to have more antioxidant properties than red wine and green tea. The seeds contain numerous flavanoids, including isoflavone which has mild estrogenic capabilities. It is also considered to possess anti-viral, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties.
Pomegranate shows some promise in the treatment of diabetes since it may help lower oxidative stress which can lead to vascular disease. However, diabetics should be very cautious when drinking pomegranate juice since it contains a lot of sugar. A good alternative may be internal supplementation in capsule or tablet form. Always consult your physician before embarking on a new supplement regimen.
Pomegranate also shows promise as an anti-tumor compound, particularly skin cancer. Studies conducted on mice indicated that ellagic acid inhibited the growth of skin cancer cells. Ellagic acid has been shown to inhibit the formation of harmful enzymes which can cause cancer cells to grow out of control and divide too rapidly. It is reported that some drug companies are investigating pomegranate for its role in cancer prevention. Additionally, some skin care companies are now incorporating pomegranate into sun blocks to boost their effectiveness.
Pomegranate oil, which is extracted from the seeds, is being incorporated into skincare and cosmetics to boost moisture levels, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, improve elasticity and may even help to relieve symptoms of eczema, psoriasis and sunburn. It may also be helpful in wound healing.
Dr. Teri Dourmashkin received her Doctorate in Health Education at Columbia University in NYC. She is an avid researcher and is passionate about developing skin care products that are safe, gentle and effective. She is the Founder and President of La Vie Celeste Skin Care, Inc. If you would love to learn more about the remarkable La Vie Celeste Skin Care line, then visit = www.laviecelesteskincare.com.