Pomegranate: botanical image of the pomegranate plant

Pomegranate

Punica granatum

Family: Lythraceae

Bio-Live: Pomegranate is a key herb in Bio-Live Gold, Bio-Live Dark and Bio-Live Kids.

Description: A tropical, deciduous shrub growing up to 6m (20ft) in height. The smooth, hairless, bright green leaves are arranged in opposites. Beautiful white and red flowers adorn the end of a branch solo or arrange themselves in clusters. The fruit has a leathery skin, and is fist sized. The interior is separated by thin membranous walls with cavities filled with tart, juicy, red seeds.

Habit and cultivation: Native to Iran and now cultivated throughout the Mediterranean as well as regions of Asia, Europe and Africa. Loves a subtropical to mild temperate climate, and has now adapted itself to even cooler environments whilst producing a good supply of fruit. It is drought tolerant.

Actions (known for): Anthelmintic, astringent, anti-oxidant, anti-carcinogenic and anti-inflammatory.

History: Known as the ‘fruit of the dead’ in Greek mythology as it was available in Hades for all dwelling there as well as Hades himself. Also recorded in the Song of Songs by Solomon. Babylonians regarded the seeds as a source of resurrection. Thought to have grown in the Garden of Eden.

Parts used: Fruit and root.

Constituents (bio available chemicals): Punicotannic acid, tannic acid, anthocyanins, ellagic acid, gallic acid, caffeic acid, sterols, tannins.

Nutritional constituents: Vitamins: C, E and K. Minerals: iron, folate and potassium. Amino acids quercetin and rutin.

Indications: Prostate cancer, atherosclerosis, hyperlipidemia, hypertension, diabetes, dental conditions, worms, bacterial infections, obesity and Alzheimer’s disease.

Dosage: 50 – 350ml juice daily.

Cautions for therapeutic doses: Do not use the root without advice from a qualified herbalist.

 

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