Punicosides originate from Iran and Afghanistan and now is widely cultivated in China. Pure natural pomegranate husk extract belongs to the family Punicaceae which includes only one genus and two species. The tree is native from Iran to the Himalayas in northern India and has been cultivated since ancient times throughout the Mediterranean region of Asia, Africa and Europe.
Pomegranates husk extract is extracted from the peel of Punica granatum L as raw material, which contains 40％ of ellagic acid. Pomegranate extract ellagic acid has antioxidant, anti-mutagen and anti-cancer properties. Studies have shown the anti-cancer activity on cancer cells of the breast, oesophagus, skin, colon, prostate and pancreas. More specifically, ellagic acid prevents the destruction of P53 gene by cancer cells. Ellagic acid can bind with cancer causing molecules, thereby making them inactive. Ellagic acid causes a decrease in total hepatic mucosal cytochromes and an increase in some hepatic phase II enzyme activities, thereby enhancing the ability of the target tissues to detoxify the reactive intermediates. Ellagic acid showed also a chemoprotective effect against various chemically induced cancers. Ellagic acid has also been said to reduce heart disease, birth defects, liver problems, and to promote wound healing.
Pomegranate husk offers abundant benefits for the cardiovascular system by preventing damage to arterial walls, promoting healthy blood pressure levels, improving blood flow to the heart, and preventing or reversing atherosclerosis.
Pomegranate peel may benefit people with diabetes and those at risk for the disease. Pomegranate peel helps lower after-meal blood sugar levels and protects the cardiovascular system from diabetes-induced damage.