Beneficial Bioactive Ingredients in Pomegranate – Punicic acid and Punicalagin

The multifarious functional attributes of pomegranate make it a unique fruit from other fruits. In fact, the antioxidants present in pomegranates are almost three times higher than wine or green tea.

Due to the higher antioxidant potential of pomegranate fruit, it has been reported that this fruit has advantageous health benefits for human body.

Pomegranate has anti-oxidant, anti-viral and anti-tumor properties and is said to be a good source of vitamins, especially vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin E, as well as folic acid; it contains two beneficial bioactive compounds – punicalagin and punicic acid which give it all the potent benefits.

Primarily, punicic acid is reported to be effective against ailments like obesity, diabetics, inflammation, metabolic syndromes in various in vivo experiments.

Punicalagin is an anti-hepatitis B virus (HBV) agent and has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anticancer effects. Punicalagin has the potential for the research of COVID-19.

(Sources of Information: lipidworld.biomedcentral.com, timesofindia.com and medchemexpress.com)

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