What is Pomegranate for?
Pomegranate is a tree. Various parts of the tree and fruit are used to make medicine.
Pomegranate is used for many conditions, but so far, there isn’t enough scientific evidence to rate pomegranate as effective for any of them. We do know, though, that pomegranate does not seem to be effective for reducing the symptoms of chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD) or improving breathing in people with this condition.
Pomegranate is used for conditions of the heart and blood vessels, including high blood pressure, congestive heart failure (CHF), heart attack, “hardening of the arteries” (atherosclerosis), and high cholesterol. It is also used for conditions of the digestive tract, including diarrhea, dysentery, and tapeworm and other intestinal parasites.
Some people use pomegranate for flu, swelling of the lining of the mouth (stomatitis), gum disease, erectile dysfunction (ED), diabetes and a complication called acidosis, bleeding, and HIV disease. It is also used for preventing prostate cancer, obesity, and weight loss. Some women use pomegranate to cause an abortion.
Pomegranate is used as a gargle for sore throat, and it is applied to the skin to treat hemorrhoids.
Pomegranate (Punica granatum) is unique among plants. The only other plant that is closely related is a small tree that grows only on an island in Yemen.
Pomegranate has been used for thousands of years to treat a wide variety of diseases. It is in Greek, Hebrew, Buddhist, Islamic, and Christian mythology and writings. It is described in records dating from around 1500 BC as a treatment for tapeworm and other parasites.
What is Pomegranate Possibly Effective for?
Chronic lung disease (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, COPD). Drinking pomegranate juice does not seem to improve symptoms or breathing in people with COPD.
• High cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). Some studies show pomegranate seems to lower total cholesterol and “bad” (LDL) cholesterol. But other studies find no benefit.
• High blood pressure (hypertension). One research study suggests that drinking 50 mL of pomegranate juice daily for up to 1 year can lower systolic blood pressure (the top number) by 5% to 21%. But drinking pomegranate juice doesn’t seem to affect diastolic pressure (the lower number). However, other research shows no effect on blood pressure when study subjects drink 240 mL of pomegranate juice daily for 3 months. Additional research is needed to sort this out.
• “Hardening of the arteries” (atherosclerosis). Preliminary evidence suggests drinking pomegranate juice might help to keep the arteries in the neck (carotid arteries) clear of the build-up of fatty deposits.
• Gum disease. There is some evidence that painting the gum with pomegranate fruit peel extract in combination with gotu kola extract might improve gum disease.
• Prostate cancer. Early research findings suggest that drinking pomegranate juice might slow the progress of prostate cancer.
• Heart disease. Some preliminary research shows that drinking pomegranate juice might improve blood flow to the heart. But drinking pomegranate juice does not seem to prevent narrowing of blood vessels in the heart (stenosis). Also, there isn’t enough information to know if drinking pomegranate juice helps to prevent heart disease-related events such as heart attack.
• Intestinal worm infestations.
• Obesity and weight loss.
• Fungal mouth infections.
• Sore throat.