In ancient Greek mythology, the pomegranate represents life and regeneration. 92 Its use as an herb dates back more than 3, 000 years. But contemporary science has rediscovered the pomegranate's surprising array of health benefits.
Numerous studies show that pomegranate is one of nature's most powerful antioxidants93-98 and it helps regulate LDL oxidation. The remarkable effect of pomegranate in dealing with various problems makes one wonder whether there is more benefit to this fruit than just free radical suppression. One answer may lie in the fact that pomegranate is absorbed in the bloodstream far more efficiently than other fruit extracts. One study showed a pomegranate extract is 95% absorbed, which is far greater than any other polyphenol-containing fruit extract of its kind. 99 Another reason pomegranate has displayed such incredible clinical findings is that it contains a unique polyphenol group called punicalagins. Punicalagins are the major players behind the pomegranate's antioxidant capability. These pomegranate ellagitannins can metabolize into smaller, beneficial polyphenols such as ellagic acid.