VDF FutureCeuticals

Dec. 3, 2007
Pomegranate powders and extracts offer beneficial effects

The power of the healthful pomegranate is now available from VDF FutureCeuticals through its new VitaGranate family of products.

Today, any search for pomegranate science yields an abundance of peer-reviewed experimental and clinical studies showing the benefits of pomegranate on human health. Research indicates that pomegranate may offer impressive support for humans, especially concerning coronary and cardiovascular health.

VDF FutureCeuticals has developed the VitaGranate family of products to capture the powerful activity and healthy benefits of pomegranate. Products include Pomegranate Whole Fruit Powder (N291), Pomegranate Whole Fruit Powder 5% Ellagic Acid (N291.1), Pomegranate Extract 40% Ellagic Acid (N174), Pomegranate Extract 40% Punicalagins (N420), and Pomegranate Organic Whole Fruit Powder (N589).

Recently FutureCeuticals has been performing studies on select VitaGranate products. VitaGranate Pomegranate Extract 40% Ellagic Acid (N174) was tested in vitro and found to promote the inhibition of Angiotensin Converting Enzyme (ACE). High activity or concentration of ACE in the blood is associated with high blood pressure, making it a marker for cardiovascular and respiratory disease.

FutureCeuticals also performed in vitro testing on VitaGranate Pomegranate Extract 40% Punicalagins (N420). This product was found to promote the inhibition of the Soluble Epoxide Hydrolase (sEH) blood enzyme.  High activity of sEH is associated with hypertension and inflammation.

Pomegranate is generally well-known for its high content of antioxidants, particularly tannins and flavonoids. Ellagic acid is also present in pomegranate and is reported to be a very bioactive compound. The combination of ellagic acid with punicic acid has shown promise for support of prostate health. 

Published clinical studies have shown that patients treated with ellagic acid exhibited lower levels of side effects related to chemotherapy. Pomegranate provides healthy support for individuals concerned with cardiovascular health, hyperplasia and certain cancers. Pomegranate also helps fight bacteria and fungus activity.

Pomegranate promotes healthy inflammatory status. It has been reported to inhibit nuclear transcription factor kappa B, a key player in induction of inflammatory response. Pomegranate also supports healthy anti-oxidative conditions by inhibiting oxidation of LDL, promoting healthy blood pressure, and generally supporting vascular health in humans.