Is Pomegranate Safe?
Before using pomegranates medicinally, it is a good idea to understand the potential risks. For instance, pomegranate safety concerns can include allergic reactions and potential drug interactions. Also, pomegranates can lower blood pressure, which may be a problem for people who already have low blood pressure. Although a normal dietary intake of pomegranates is probably safe for pregnant and breastfeeding women, larger amounts of pomegranate supplements or extracts may not be safe.
Pomegranate is known as a "superfruit," a fruit that may provide numerous health benefits. But is pomegranate safe for everyone? You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking pomegranate supplements or extracts (or before drastically increasing your consumption of pomegranate fruit or juice) if you:
- Have low blood pressure (hypotension)
- Have any allergies, including allergies to foods, dyes, or preservatives
- Are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
- Are breastfeeding.
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Some of the warnings and precautions to be aware of concerning the safety of pomegranate include the following:
- Pomegranate supplements and extracts are not as closely regulated as prescription (or non-prescription) drugs. Because of this, they can be marketed without any proof that they are either safe or effective. Do not assume that just because a product is sold in the United States, that it is safe or effective. Make sure to look for pomegranate supplements from a reputable manufacturer. Your pharmacist is a good resource for information about which manufacturers are the most reputable.
- Pomegranates can lower blood pressure. This can become a problem for people who already have low blood pressure. If you have low blood pressure, do not take pomegranate supplements or extracts (or unusually large amounts of pomegranate fruit or juice) without checking with your healthcare provider.
- Pomegranates may potentially interact with some medications (see Pomegranate Drug Interactions for more information).
- Although a normal dietary intake of pomegranates through food is probably safe for pregnant or breastfeeding women, larger amounts of pomegranate supplements or extracts may not be safe (see Pomegranate and Pregnancy and Pomegranate and Breastfeeding).