Pomegranate Extract Benefits
One question I get asked from time to time is whether or not Pomegranate Extract
has the same superpowers as pomegranate juice. The latter, you may recall,
has been shown to be a superfood powerhouse, lowering blood pressure, supporting
testosterone, boosting nitric oxide and many other benefits. (For more details,
see my link on
Pomegranate Juice: Your Best Bedroom Buddy and
Pomegranate Juice and
Unfortunately, there is not a one-to-one comparison of pomegranate juice to Pomegranate extract
that can be done from the research and the reason is simply that very different
studies have been performed on each. The good news it that the pomegranate
fruit is clearly so healthful and so healing that it will clearly be studied for
years to come in order to find it's healing properties.
CAUTION: Talk to your doctor if you are on any medications.
Pomegranate juice is so powerful that it can definitely interact with certain
medications negatively. In addition, there are three reported cases of priapism occurring
in men simultaneously taking Viagra.  Again, pomegranate juice is very powerful.
So what's in it for you? Well, if you're a male over the age of 25, a lot!
Pomegranate extract has some very nice properties that will protect and enhance
your life as a man. There isn't the proof that it will help your sex life
as much as the juice, but I would characterize it as a nice male insurance
policy. You'll see what I mean below if you check out just what
Pomegranate Extract has been found to protect against:
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1. Protection Against MRSA. One of the big fears everyone should be
concerned about is protection against antibiotic resistant bacteria. One
study looked at five different antibiotics and how they fared against
methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and methicillin-sensitive
Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA) when using pomegranate extract at the same time.
These are nasty and surprisingly common bacteria that can lead to very serious
illness and even death. They conclused that in all case the Pomegranate Extract
greatly enhance the effectiveness of the antibiotic.  Yet another study
found that, depending on the concentration, pomegranate extract could easily
delay or kill off a standard Staff infection (that plagues so many hospitals and
clinics) just by itself.  Apparently, pomegrante is widely used in Brazil for
just this purpose.
2. Protection Against Dental Plaque. One of the subtle dangers that can
take a man out is actually gum disease. It turns out that overgrowth of
the bacteria in one's mouth can increase systemic inflammation and, as you know
from my link on How to Lower Inflammation, this is a killer. Well, pomegranate's
antibacterial superpowers have been found in a couple of studies to be
potentially very effective in fighting plaque. Again, results are preliminary
but look very promising. For more information, see this link on
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3. Prostate Cancer Prevention. Will the wonder of Pomegranate Extract never
cease? It turns out that pomegranate, about as natural of a solution as
one could hope for, may be a big gun in the battle against prostate cancer,
which is one of the biggest killers of men her in the states and can definitely
take out one's sex life temporarily or permanently One study found that it
inhibited prostate cancer in a dose-dependent fashion, which is a very good sign
of its effectiveness.  Other studies have confirmed similar results and much
research will undoubtedly continue.
4. Rhematoid Arthritis. We all probably know many men that have had their
exercise and mobility severely hampered due to RA. This autoimmune
condition eats away at joints and can limit a man's ability to exercise, which
only contributes to the downward spiral. It turns out that Pomegranate Extract
may be a powerful tool in prevention and/or healing. 
5. Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Pomegranate Extract may help in the battle
against colitis and other inflammatory bowel disease according to several animal
So the bottom line is that Pomegranate Extract is not as sexy as Pomegranate
Juice, but it is a fantastic insurance policy. After years of a toxic
Western lifestyle and with all the nasty superbugs out there, it may be time to
make it a part of your daily routine.
CAUTION: Always talk to your doctor before making any changes.
1) Canadian Journal of Microbiology, July 2005, 51(7):541-547(7),
"Synergic interaction between pomegranate extract and antibiotics against
2) Journal of Ethnopharmacology, Jan 2005, 96(1-2):335-229, "Pomegranate extract
inhibits Staphylococcus aureus growth and subsequent enterotoxin production"
3) Mol Cancer Ther, September 2008, 7:2662, "Pomegranate extract inhibits
androgen-independent prostate cancer growth through a nuclear
4) INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ONCOLOGY, 2008, 32:475-480,"Ellagitannin-rich
pomegranate extract inhibits angiogenesis in prostate cancer in vitro and in
5) Nutrition, July–August 2008,24(7-8):733–743, "Consumption of hydrolyzable
tannins-rich pomegranate extract suppresses inflammation and joint damage in
6) The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, Aug 2010, 21(8):717–725,
"Anti-inflammatory properties of a pomegranate extract and its metabolite
urolithin-A in a colitis rat model and the effect of colon inflammation on
7) Pharmacological Research, Available online 4 June 2012, "Dietary
supplementation of an ellagic acid-enriched pomegranate extract attenuates
chronic colonic inflammation in rats"