Pomegranate (Punica granatum) is a member of the Lythraceae family. The plant most likely originated from Asia however, it is now cultivated around the world. The bark, rind, root, seed, and stem can all be used for medicinal purposes.
Pomegranate seed oil contains polyphenols and fatty acids, including punicic acid, palmitic acid, stearic acid, oleic acid, and linoleic acid. Pomegranate also contains anthocyanidins such as delphinidin, cyanidin, and pelargonidin. The root and stem of pomegranate contains tannins and a variety of alkaloids.
Pomegranate is a popular fruit that has many benefits to the body. It has antioxidant activity and astringent effects on the body. Pomegranate has also been used for tapeworm and other intestinal worm infections. It can be used for hemorrhoids and diarrhea as well.
Pomegranate juice is still being studies for help in reducing blood pressure and reducing the activity of ACE (angiotensin converting enzymes).