Pomegranate Health Benefits
How Does Pomegranate Work?Pomegranates contain a variety of medicinally active components. One of these components is polyphenol, which has antioxidant activity. In fact, pomegranate juice contains more polyphenols than red wine. As antioxidants, polyphenols have several beneficial effects in the body, including slowing down the progression of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). It is thought that polyphenols may also reduce the amount of cholesterol produced in the liver.
Pomegranates can also increase the production of nitric oxide in the blood vessels. Nitric oxide can help to lower blood pressure by relaxing the blood vessels. Pomegranates may also work like ACE inhibitors (angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors), a group of prescription high blood pressure medications that help to relax the blood vessels.
Pomegranate seeds may contain several estrogen-like substances. However, it is not known exactly how these substances affect the body.
Pomegranate Use in ChildrenPomegranates are probably safe for children when consumed in normal food amounts. However, it is not clear if pomegranate supplements or extracts are safe for use in children. Do not give your child pomegranate supplements or extracts without the approval of your child's healthcare provider.