Pomegranate is a fruit that shows a great deal of promise for health benefits. Pomegranate extract is especially interesting to researchers because it does not involve the high calorie and sugar content of the fruit itself. Pomegranate extract benefits have been indicated in trials involving cancer, cholesterol and heart disease.
Researchers at the University of Wisconsin, in a study cited at the website of physician Ray Sahelian, observed an inhibition of tumor growth when they incubated prostate cancer cells with pomegranate extract.
Pomegranate also may help maintain healthy cholesterol levels, according to a study from the Lipid Research Laboratory in Israel.
A study published in a 2005 issue of the Journal of Nutrition indicated that pomegranate extract blocks enzymes that contribute to cartilage deterioration in osteoarthritis.
Daily pomegranate juice consumption may decrease stress induced heart ischemia, or restricted blood flow, in people with heart disease. This finding was published in the American Journal of Cardiology in 2005.
Pomegranate has significant anti-viral properties, according to research from the University of Nottingham. Pomegranate extract destroys some viruses and also protects cells from damaging effects of free radicals.