Pomegranate (Punica granatum L.) is mostly found in Asian countries and is being produced for commercial purposes in the Near East, India, Spain, Israel, and the United States.
Who would have thought that this plant is well-studied and well-known in the field of medicine for treating and preventing cancer, most specifically in the breast, lung, and cervical cells?
Surprisingly, pomegranate can prevent cancer cells from multiplying excessively and from invading neighboring tissues.
Because of this finding, the beauty industry has started maximizing the benefits of this powerful plant to protect healthy cells and slow down signs of aging.
Research has shown that its main polyphenol, ellagic acid, acts as a potent antioxidant that can inhibit free radicals and pro-inflammatory enzymes from causing skin damage. Taken orally, it can prevent the formation of pigmentations in the skin caused by UV rays.
Ellagic acid, along with other tannins found in pomegranate, can repair skin damage. 40% ellagic acid extract has shown to increase collagen formation speeding up healing in burns and wounds– suggesting that it can also increase skin elasticity and cell regeneration in aging skin.
It also has antimicrobial properties that suggest that it can be used against acne but more studies are needed to support this claim.
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About the Author: Dr. Elli Reyes is a specialist of Aesthetic Medicine from the Philippines. With over four years of specialized training, her aesthetic practice has involved a variety of skin treatments involving Botox, fillers, and the like. As a licensed physician, she has been engaged by multiple clinics and is regularly interviewed by the local media as an expert in the science of the skin. Her research and writings to date have centered on nutrition, functional health, and general beauty.