Pomegranate and Your Immune Health
by Adel Eldin, MD FACC FACP, MBA, GGA
It is the pomegranate season, with many health benefits as it is very rich in antioxidants ( called polyphenols)that can protect cells from inflammation damage by removing free radicals. It is rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin B, and Vitamin K. can protect memory and stop mental deterioration. It may help stop the growth of prostate cancer cells and there are ongoing studies to evaluate these effects clinically.
Pomegranate can help Crohn’s disease, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBS), prevent oxidative stress and damage by high concentrations of antioxidants. Flavonols in pomegranate juice may block inflammation in the joints and help arthritis symptoms. It may help slow the progression of atherosclerosis plaques in the arteries ( hardening of the arteries) by lowering the bad cholesterol called LDL. It can also increase the level of testosterone in men and women, may help sexual performance as it has been used as a remedy for diabetes and insulin resistance.
In Ancient Egypt, the pomegranate was a part of fruits found at the residence of the Pharoah (around 1600 B.C). There was also pomegranate used to paint the tombs to reflect on life after death. No wonder pomegranate is one of the fruits of paradise!
More famously, however, pomegranate helps to prevent recurrent urinary tract infections. For all the previously mentioned beneficial effects on the immune system health, take advantage of the pomegranate season which, unfortunately, is also the flu and coronavirus season!