Pomegranate: An Ancient Superfruit for Modern Wellness

by Melissa Chichester

With its ruby-red arils bursting with flavor and nutrients, the pomegranate has been a beloved fruit for centuries –  and still is today.

Revered for its culinary versatility and health benefits, the pomegranate continues to be celebrated as a symbol of vitality and well-being.

Let’s explore what makes this hearty plant a true superfood.

The history of pomegranate

The pomegranate is a fruit-bearing deciduous shrub native to the region spanning from Iran to the Himalayas in northern India. It’s known for its distinctive appearance and juicy, jewel-like arils encapsulated within a tough, leathery rind. Each aril has a sac of translucent flesh surrounding a single seed. This forms the edible part of the fruit.

In ancient mythology, the pomegranate was often associated with abundance and rebirth. In Greek mythology, pomegranate was linked with the story of Persephone, who was condemned to spend part of each year in the underworld after consuming pomegranate seeds. Similarly, in ancient Persia, pomegranates symbolized immortality and prosperity, finding their way into art, literature, and religious rituals.

Today, pomegranates are cultivated in regions all over the globe, including the Mediterranean, Middle East, India, California, and parts of Central and South America. The fruit thrives in semi-arid climates with hot summers and mild winters, making it well-suited for regions with Mediterranean-like conditions. Pomegranate trees are relatively hardy and can withstand drought conditions. However, they require well-drained soil and ample sunlight for optimal growth.

How the pomegranate plant is used today

Various parts of the pomegranate plant are used for health and culinary purposes. 

  • Arils: The most commonly consumed part of the pomegranate. They are prized for their sweet-tart flavor and nutritional value.
  • Juice: Pomegranate juice is extracted from the arils and is consumed as a refreshing beverage and an ingredient in culinary recipes.
  • Peel: The thick, leathery rind of the pomegranate contains beneficial compounds, including antioxidants and tannins, which can be used in supplements.
  • Leaves: Pomegranate leaves have been used in herbal practices.
  • Roots: Although less commonly used, pomegranate roots may contain bioactive compounds with potential health benefits.

Health benefits of pomegranate

The pomegranate has numerous health-promoting properties. What it is most known for is its antioxidant content. Pomegranates contain the antioxidant Vitamin C, as well as flavonoids and tannins that provide antioxidant properties. In addition, the arils contain fiber, which is essential for digestion.

Incorporating pomegranate into your diet

Pomegranate is relatively easy to incorporate into your diet. Here are some easy ways to enjoy this delicious fruit:

  • Fresh: Enjoy the arils on their own as a delicious and nutritious snack, or sprinkle them over salads, yogurt, or oatmeal for added flavor and texture.
  • Juice: Blend it into smoothies for a refreshing and antioxidant-rich beverage.
  • Cooking: Use pomegranate arils or juice as a flavorful ingredient in sweet and savory dishes.
  • Tea: Brew pomegranate tea using dried pomegranate peel or leaves.
  • Supplements: Consider taking pomegranate extract supplements for concentrated doses of beneficial compounds, particularly if fresh pomegranates are not readily available.

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Pomegranate contains important polyphenols (plant chemicals) that help support antioxidant health and help fight free radicals.* Our extract is standardized 40% for polyphenols, so you know exactly how much you get with every capsule. Pomegranate supplements are a perfect addition to a healthy aging program.*

Or you can try  Pomegranate 400mg & Grapeseed Extract.  Our unique formula contains two of nature’s beneficial superfruits that work in tandem for overall health and wellness.* Pomegranate contains the important polyphenol ellagic acid. Grapeseed helps maintain antioxidant health as well as support heart health.*

Incorporate this vibrant fruit into your diet today – and always ask your doctor about starting new supplements.