Can Help Fight Infections
One of the most powerful health benefits of the pomegranate is it can help fight infections. Researchers have noted it is particularly effective in combating fungal and bacterial infections. For example, a 2009 study of pomegranate rind extract found it was moderately effective in inhibiting the growth of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA). A 2010 study of dried and powdered pomegranate peel concluded it was effective in inhibiting the Candida albicans fungus that causes yeast infections. Additional research suggests pomegranates could help protect against mouth infections such as periodontitis, gingivitis, and denture stomatitis. Pomegranates can also improve the overall health of the immune system, and this may make it easier for the patient to fight the common cold and other minor illnesses. In 2012, researchers conducted a clinical trial that investigated the infection-fighting properties of pomegranate juice on roughly one hundred patients undergoing regular dialysis. The patients drank pomegranate juice three times each week over a one-year period. Compared to a control group, patients who drank pomegranate juice had fewer signs of inflammation, and they also had fewer hospitalizations due to infection.
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