A Complete Overview on Profile and Medicinal uses of Punica Grantum l. (Pomegranate) and its Health Benefits
Kaushik Vilas Kulkarni
Pomegranate has been used for thousands of years to cure a wide range of diseases across different cultures and civilizations. It has high nutritional values and numerous health benefits. Nowadays, besides its use as a fruit, its medicinal properties have attracted the interest of researchers of many countries. Pomegranate fruit has medicinal properties such as anti-inflammatory and antibacterial activities. The pomegranate seed oil has an inhibitory effect on skin and breast cancers. The pomegranate seed oil has phytoestrogenic compounds, and the fruit is rich in phenolic compounds with potent antioxidant activity. Ellagic acid is one of the leading components of pomegranate with phenolic structure and antioxidant activity. The dried bark of the stem and roots has long been used as an anthelmintic. Pomegranate peel/rind combined with opium and an aromatic, like cloves may be a useful drug in chronic diarrhea and dysentery. The dried root is employed as an abortifacient. Extracts of the rinds have been shown to be bactericidal, antiviral, anti-tumor and use of pomegranates in the treatment of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) owing to their antioxidant properties and botanical uniqueness. Pomegranate shows neuroprotective effects against Alzheimer’s disease in several reported animal studies. This review article presents the recently published findings on different aspects of this plant focusing on its medicinal properties.
Pomegranate (Punica grantum), Phytochemistry, Pharmacological activity, Health benefits, Scientific reports
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Kaushik, V. K. (2018). A Complete Overview on Profile and Medicinal uses of Punica Grantum l. (Pomegranate) and its Health Benefits. International Journal for Pharmaceutical Research Scholars. 7(1), 72-81.