What is Pomegranate Extract?
Pomegranates are round fruits with a sponge-like mesocarp membrane inside. They have a reddish-purple husk
and contain hundreds of similar-colored, juice-packed seeds called arils. The number of arils ranges from
200 to 1400 per fruit. The juice from the seeds is so pigmented that it can stain clothing permanently.
The name pomegranate comes from the medieval Latin words pōmum grānātum
meaning apple with many seeds. Grānātum also
reflects the pomegranate’s color as it translates to “of a dark red color.” This dual translation eventually
gave garnet gemstones their name. The Old French pronunciation of grānātum transposed the sounds to
make the new word
grenat, which eventually became garnet.
PureBulk’s pomegranate extract comes from the dried peel (hull) of the fruit. It is a rich source of ellagic
acid antioxidants and contains at least 90% ellagic acid.
What is Ellagic Acid?
Pomegranates are rich in ellagitannin polyphenols, also known as punicalagins, which the body metabolizes
into ellagic acid antioxidants. Ellagic acid owes its name to the French term acide
ellagique. It is a reversal of the word galle and a reference to plant galls that
contain high levels of ellagic acid. The spelling change was also necessary to avoid confusing ellagic acid
with the French term for gallic acid, acide gallique. The combination of
low pH levels and high polyphenol levels gives pomegranates their tart flavor.
Potential Benefits of Pomegranate Extract (90% Ellagic Acid)
Pomegranate Extract Antioxidants
Antioxidants are necessary to scavenge and neutralize free radicals before they can cause damage throughout
the body. Although they are a necessary component of many biological processes and reactions, they can cause
or worsen chronic health conditions and lead to premature aging when they outnumber antioxidants. Ellagic
acid antioxidants scavenge free radicals, prevent free radicals from damaging fatty acids and lipids, and
inhibit unhealthy cells from proliferating.
Pomegranate Extract and Inflammation
Free radicals cause oxidative stress and damage that are often at the root of chronic inflammation. The body
uses inflammation as the first line of defense in the immune response. However, long-term inflammation
injures healthy cells and damages DNA. Much like free radical imbalances, prolonged inflammation also
contributes to chronic health problems. Animal studies have shown that ellagitannins and pomegranate extract
are useful for reducing inflammation. Additionally, both in vitro and in vivo studies show that pomegranate
extract exerts anti-inflammatory effects. Research also reports that pomegranate compounds can reduce
numerous inflammation biomarkers. Reducing inflammation can support several other areas of health. For
example, less inflammation may reduce plaque buildup in the arteries, enhance artery function, and provide
Pomegranate Benefits for Skin
Free radicals can age skin prematurely. UV rays promote oxidative stress, oxidative damage, free radical
activity, and photodamage. Excess sun exposure can also cause unwanted skin pigmentation. Pomegranate
extract contains antioxidants that neutralize these UV radicals, act as a barrier against UV rays, enhance
the skin’s ability to resist UVB ray damage, and improve the appearance of skin hyperpigmentation caused by
Pomegranate Health Benefits for Exercise Endurance
Pomegranate extract may benefit individuals looking to increase their exercise endurance. Research shows that
participants taking pomegranate extract were able to increase how long they could work out before fatiguing.
One study reported that participants taking pomegranate extract prior to exercising experienced a 12%
increase in time to exhaustion. Pomegranate extract also improved exercise recovery in a different study.
Potential Side Effects of Pomegranate Extract
Most individuals can take pomegranate extract without experiencing adverse effects, and pomegranate extract
research has not reported any side effects. However, ellagic acid may interact with blood thinners, statins,
or antipsychotics. Individuals taking these medications should consult with a physician before taking
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