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Pomegranate: Nature's Oldest Ultraviolet Protection

Howard Murad, MD June 2006 issue of Skin Inc. magazine

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Pomegranates are, by far, one of the oldest natural remedies known to man. Before there was medicine, there was food, and pomegranates top the list of ancient healing benefits.

As a native plant of Northern Africa, pomegranate (Punica granatum L.) was written about in 1552 B.C. in the Egyptian Ebers Papyrus—the oldest and most important medical document yet recovered—and widely used by Egyptian physicians. The document contains more than 700 remedies for treating disease, and pomegranate was one of the most popular ingredients in the formulas. Physicians in Greece prescribed pomegranate juice as a treatment for arthritis, circulation disorders, viruses and digestive problems.

Fast-forward to the present day, and pomegranate is widely utilized as a key ingredient in juice drinks, bath products, and skin and sun care products. More importantly, this exotic fruit has captured the attention of the scientific community, due to the high content of potent antioxidants called polyphenols.

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