Pomegranate Benefits, Home Remedies, Side Effects

Pomegranate fruit benefits are innumerable. There are only a very few fruits as nutrition-loaded as pomegranate. The pomegranate is used for its health benefits from thousands of years. Apart from pomegranate fruits, other parts of the plant such as bark, root bark are also used in many health conditions. The pomegranate fruit is the widely used part of the plant.

Pomegranate is called Anar fruit in Hindi.

Telugu name: Danimma Kaya
Malayalam name: Matalam
Tamil name: Matuli
Marathi name: Dalimb
Kannada name: Dalimbe

Sanskrit synonyms of Pome granate:
Phalamla – has slightly sour taste
Kuchaphala – Fruit resembles the shape of breasts
Shukavallabha – attracts birds
Raktabeeja – has red seeds
Raptapushpa – has red coloured flowers
Dantabeeja – seeds are arranged like teeth

Medicinal qualities of Anar:
Guna (qualities) – Laghu (light to digest), Snigdha (unctuous, oily)
Rasa (taste) – Madhura (sweet), Amla (sour), Kashaya (astringent)
Vipaka (taste conversion after digestion) – Madhura (sweet) or Amla (sour)
Veerya (potency) – Anushna – neither cold, nor sweet.

Pomegranate fruit benefits –
Pomegranate - Ayurveda benefits
Qualities of pomegranate fruits is explained in Ayurveda based on taste. Based on pomegranate taste, it is classified into three categories.
Sweet pomegranate fruit benefits –   The sweet pomegranates are having the rarest Tridosha balance effect. There are only a handful of herbs with Tridosha balance effect. (amla fruit is another example)
The sweet pomegranate fruit is used ideal to be taken during fever.
Trit hara, Daaha hara – It relieves excessive thirst and burning sensation.
It cleanses and clarifies oral cavity, throat, esophagus stomach and chest.
Shukrala – It is a good natual aphrodisiac and improves sperm count and semen quality.
Laghu – It undergoes digestion very easily, very light on stomach.
It also has astringent taste, helps to relieve diarrhoea, useful in IBS, ulcerative colitis.
Medha balakara – It improves intelligence, immunity and body strength.

Hridya – Good for heart

Sweet-Sour Pomegranate fruit benefits- Pomegranates having sweet and sour taste improves digestion power of stomach.
Ruchya  – Helps relieve anorexia, improves taste of food.
It slightly increases Pitta.

Sour pomegranate fruit  – Pomegranate fruit having predominant sour taste increases Pitta to a greater extent. But it balances Kapha and Vata. Sour pomegranate ideal ingredient for diet in Rheumatoid arthritis.

Pomegranate – effect on Tridosha –
Sweet pomegranate balances Tridosha – Vata, Pitta and Kapha
Sour pomegranate balances Vata and Kapha and increases Pitta.

Pome granate side effetcs – It is known to cause constipation, hence is used as a home remedy for diarrhoea. But people with constipation need to watch out.

Pomegranate benefits – Modern views –
Modern science hails pomegranate benefits in many ways. Pomegranate is a proven rich source of anti oxidants, hence it is very good for heart. Interesting to know that this finding matches with Hridya – protecting and promoting heart health claim by centuries old Ayurveda matches with the scientific research.

Pomegranate fruit is good source of Vitamin C, B5, Polyphenols and Potassium.
Pomegranate benefits in wikipedia

Ayurvedic products with Pomegranate as an ingredient –
Herbal powders: Dadima Chatusama churna, Dadimashtaka churna, Lavan Bhaskar Churna
Alcoholic preparation: Mritasanjeevani Sura
Ghee preparation: Dadimadi Ghrita
Herbal powder – Yavanyadi choorna

Ayurvedic medicine, along with pomegranate juice is traditionally advised –
Narayana Churna

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  1. great!

  2. hi ..
    can pregnant lady take pomegranate during their pregnancy ? is it true can make child look radiant by taking this fruit??

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Pomegranate can be taken during pregnancy. But there is no definite proof that it would make the child look radiant. Anyways, it is good for health. But if the pregnant lady has constipation, then it is better to avoid pomegranates.

  3. I am regualrly taking pomogranate juice 300 ml per day – finding it very good

  4. sangeetha says:

    how good is eating a pomegranate fruit useful for type II diabetic patients

  5. Along with other regular spices in tadka while cooking daal/vegetables, does putting ‘anardaana’ help? What are its benefits?

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Because Anar daana is a fruit that can be readily used, I do not think frying it in the form of tadka is required. Even in many Indian dishes, wherever it is used, it is used fresh.

  6. What action does pomegranate have on liver, acidity, h pylori and other pathogens ?????

  7. Patanjali digestive pachak anardana increases dogestive power but will it increse pitta at the same time??

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Anar Dana – sweet pomegranate calms Pitta.
      Hence, Patanjali Pachak Anardana though increases digestion strength, the sweetness of pomegranate would avoid excess increase of Pitta Dosha.

  8. Dear Dr Hebbar,

    What is better for constipation in Kapha/Pitta individial – Apple or pomegranates?

    Which of above create for more Vata?


    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      None of the above create Vata. But none are much useful. Triphala is more useful for Kapha / Pitta – constipation. – 1 teaspoon at night after food with a cup of milk.
      For further advice, please consult an Ayurveda doctor directly.
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  9. Can we take triphala with milk, since triphala contains amla and amla (being sour) is incompatible with milk. Thanks.

  10. Hi doctor,
    You mention that pomegrante and amla are the few foods that balance all 3 doshas. Please provide us with a list of the remaining foods that balance all 3 doshas.

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