February 7, 2016


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How does Pomegranate work?

Pomegranate contains a variety of chemicals that might have antioxidant effects. Some preliminary research suggests that chemicals in pomegranate juice might slow the progression of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and possibly fight cancer cells. But it is not known if pomegranate has these effects when people consume the juice.

Are there safety concerns?

Pomegranate juice is safe for most people. Most people do not experience side effects. Some people can have allergic reactions to pomegranate fruit.

When applied to the skin, some people have experience sensitivity to pomegranate including itching, swelling, runny nose, and difficulty breathing.

Pomegranate juice seems to be safe for pregnant and breastfeeding women. But it is not known if other forms of pomegranate, such as pomegranate extract, are safe.

Do not take pomegranate if:
  • You have allergies to plants. People with plant allergies seem to be more likely to have an allergic reaction to pomegranate.
  • You are scheduled for surgery in the next two weeks.

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