Pomegranate Extract supplying Ellagic Acid protects the skin from solar radiation

January 10, 2007

Our skin is damaged by the sun resulting in discoloration, wrinkling, and skin cancers. A growing body of research indicates that particular food ingredients protect the skin and reverse existing damage.

In this study young women between the ages of 20 to 40 were split into 3 groups of 13 each. Two groups received Pomegranate Extract supplying Ellagic Acid at either 100mg or 200mg a day, the third group received inactive placebo - all for 4 weeks. All volunteers were exposed to ultraviolet radiation on the inside of the upper arm daily. Those on Pomegranate Extract had less reddening of the skin and less burning. Interestingly, they also had a reduction of color stains and freckles on their face. The study performed in Japan is published in the October 2006 issue of the Journal of Nutritional Science and Vitaminology.

Start rinsing your mouth with Pomegranate Extract

In this study Brazilian researchers split 60 healthy subjects, aged 9 to 25, into three groups. The first group rinsed their mouth with distilled water as a control group. The second group rinsed with the commonly prescribed antibacterial dental rinse chlorhexidine; known to control gum disease. The third group rinsed with a Pomegranate liquid extract. The patients were not allowed to brush their teeth for 24 hours and then dental plaque was collected from each patient before and one minute after rinsing with their respective agent. After culturing the plaque for 48 hours the size of bacterial colonies were measured. The chlorhexidine reduced the size of the colony by 79%, however the Pomegranate Extract reduced the colony size by 84%. Distilled water did reduce colony size by 11%. The study is published in the Journal of Herbal Pharmacotherapy, 2006;6(2).