EffectivenessPomegranates are clearly not the "cure-all" that they are often claimed to be. However, very early research suggests that they may be effective for a number of different uses (see Does Pomegranate Work? for more information).
Dosing InformationIt is difficult to recommend a pomegranate "dosage," as research is still in its early stages.
(Click Pomegranate Dosage for more information.)
Side EffectsIt does not seem likely that pomegranates would cause side effects. However, some side effects have been reported, such as:
- Allergic reactions
- Swelling of the mouth or throat.
(Click Pomegranate Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
Drug Interactions With PomegranatePomegranate can potentially interact with several medications (see Pomegranate Drug Interactions).
Is It Safe?Normal consumption of pomegranates (though food) is probably safe for most people, but medicinal uses may cause serious problems. Some people are more likely than others to experience problems due to the fruit. Therefore, you should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking pomegranates medicinally if you have:
- Low blood pressure (hypotension)
- Any allergies, including allergies to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant (see Pomegranate and Pregnancy)
- Breastfeeding (see Pomegranate and 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.
(Click Is Pomegranate Safe? for more information, including any available warnings and precautions.)