The pomegranate tree is native to the Mediterranean and Northern Africa. It is known for its delicious fruit. The seeds of the fruit are commonly eaten as food. The juice of the fruit is also popular. Over the years, the pomegranate fruit has been widely studied for its nutritional and health benefits. The fruit is high in antioxidants, nutrients that reduce damage to the body's cells from harmful particles in the environment. In particular, pomegranate is a healthy source of vitamin C. This is an essential vitamin that plays important roles in the immune system and in the production of connective tissues. Throughout history, natural medical practitioners have recommended pomegranate to patients for use in folk remedies. Today, it is used for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, gum disease, weight loss, osteoarthritis (condition of the joints), diarrhea, weight loss and many other conditions and concerns. Thus far, medical science has not been able to validate any of the herbal medicinal benefits of pomegranate extract.
Getting the Benefits of Pomegranates
If your goal is to benefit from the nutrients contained in pomegranates by adding a supplement to your diet, Walgreens has a variety of options for you. Pomegranate extract is available in both liquid and capsule forms to suit your needs. Before using a pomegranate extract product every day, you should be aware of the side effects and risks associated with the supplement. Side effects from oral pomegranate supplements are rare and are typically linked to allergic reactions to the fruit. Allergic reactions to pomegranate are more common in people who are allergic to other plants. If pomegranate extract is applied to the teeth or gums, it can cause itchiness, swelling of the mouth and wheezing or difficulty breathing. The roots of pomegranate are poisonous and should never be consumed in supplement or raw form. Pomegranate has the potential to lower blood pressure. It should not be used within two weeks of surgery or with any medication intended to treat hypertension (high blood pressure) or any herb that reduces blood pressure levels. In addition, the herb can affect how many medications are broken down in the body. This could increase the risk of side effects from the drugs. Before using pomegranate extract, talk to your doctor to make sure that it is safe for you to take.
This summary is intended for general informational purposes only, and should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not strictly regulate herbs and supplements. There is no guarantee of purity, strength, or safety of the products. As a result, effects may vary. You should read product labels. In addition, if you are taking medications, herbs, or other supplements you should consult with a qualified healthcare provider before taking a supplement as supplements may interact with other medications, herbs, and nutritional products. If you have a medical condition, including if you are pregnant or nursing, you should speak to your physician before taking a supplement. Consult a healthcare provider if you experience side effects.