Anti-inflammatory properties of pomegranate

The studies below found some significant facts regarding health effects of certain food.  This is an attempt by us to interpret the findings so that it could be implemented in everyday health practices.  It has to be understood that good eating habits are necessary for optimal health and that means that a variety of good foods have to be consumed every day.  We do believe that some food has medicinal value and could be used to help in the prevention and support of treatment in certain illnesses.  However, if it is not part of a good nutritious diet, it might lose its value.    Although we do believe in the power of natural food, we absolutely do not claim to cure any disease through the consumption of specific foods.

 

Alexandra Balbir-Gurman, Bianca Fuhrman, Yolanda Braun-Moscovici, Doron Markovits, Michael Aviram.  Consumption of pomegranate decreases serum oxidative stress and reduces disease activity in patients with active rheumatoid arthritis: a pilot study.  Isr Med Assoc J. 2011 August 2013,13(8):4749.  PMID: 21910371

Our interpretation:

This study looked at the effect of pomegranate extract in patients suffering from Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA).  After the consumption of 10 ml pomegranate extract per day for twelve weeks, the results were astounding. 

There was a 62% reduction in tender joint count which translates into 62% less pain.  Other markers of the disease (serum oxidative status, high density lipoprotein-associated paraoxonase 1 and free radical-induced lipid peroxidation) were also reduced. These results could be related to the anti-oxidant and detoxifying properties of pomegranates and therefore makes it suitable as a supplement for a person suffering from RA.