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J Evid Based Complementary Altern Med. 2016 Jul;21(3):221-7. doi: 10.1177/2156587215598039. Epub 2015 Jul 30.

A Review Study on Punica granatum L.

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1
Shahrekord University of Medical Sciences, Shahrekord, Iran.
2
Razi Herbal Medicines Research Center, Lorestan University of Medical Sciences, Khorramabad, Iran.
3
Shahrekord University of Medical Sciences, Shahrekord, Iran rafieian@yahoo.com.

Abstract

Punica granatum L (pomegranate) is a deciduous shrub, native to Iran. 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 inhibitory effect on skin and breast cancers. The pomegranate seed oil has phytoestrogenic compounds and the fruit is rich in phenolic compounds with strong antioxidant activity. Ellagic acid is one of the main components of pomegranate with phenolic structure and antioxidant activity. This review article presents the recently published findings on different aspects of this plant focusing on its medicinal properties.

KEYWORDS:

antioxidants; breast cancer; ellagic acid; free radicals; pomegranate

PMID:
26232244
DOI:
10.1177/2156587215598039
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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