Pomegranate has been touted as a superfood with a variety of health benefits. For many years, pomegranate has been used to treat or prevent intestinal parasites. The most common parasites found in humans are roundworms, pinworms and tapeworms. Eating pomegranate daily may help expel parasites and reduce the severity of the symptoms associated with these pests.
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Intestinal parasites are caused by touching or ingesting infected feces through water, soil or food. Some people are at an increased risk of developing intestinal parasites including those who travel frequently, have AIDS or HIV or those who are elderly or very young. Poor hygiene and sanitation habits also increase the risk of intestinal parasites. People who have intestinal parasites may take medication prescribed by their doctor to eliminate them or they may try to remove them using natural ingredients. Those who have intestinal parasites should always consult their doctor before attempting any natural or herbal remedies.
Intestinal parasites can cause symptoms that include gas, bloating, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, weight loss, dysentery, stomach pain and itching around the rectum. Some people can actually see parasites in their stool. Your doctor will perform tests such as fecal testing and a tape test to diagnose intestinal parasites.
According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, alternative or natural treatment methods may work in conjunction to medication to expel parasites. Eating pomegranate, raw garlic, raw pumpkin seeds, beets and carrots can help expel parasites and prevent reinfestation. Ingesting pomegranate seeds is more beneficial in treating parasites than pomegranate juice. Adding more fiber to your diet will also help reduce parasitic infestations. Adding 20 to 30 mg of zinc will also provide support to your immune system during infection. Vitamin C is also beneficial at doses of 250 to 500 mg each day.
While pomegranate has been known to prevent and expel intestinal parasites, you must follow the advice of your doctor regarding treatment. Women who are pregnant are at an increased risk of adverse health effects from intestinal parasites and should never attempt to treat them at home. Adding pomegranate to your daily diet may be beneficial in preventing infestations for those who live in areas where parasites have been found or in those who travel frequently.