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- 05/02/2024

EUROMED – Boosting Gut Health: The Power of Pomegranate Extract as a Natural Prebiotic

AgroFOOD Industry Hi Tech


As interest in gut health surges, the prebiotic potential of pomegranate extract emerges as a natural solution. Known for its health properties, pomegranate contains punicalagin, a key component that is converted by gut microbiota to ellagic acid and urolithins. These compounds act as prebiotics, promoting the growth of beneficial gut bacteria and reinforcing the intestinal barrier against inflammation and oxidative stress. 

Research on Pomanox®, a polyphenol-rich pomegranate extract, demonstrates its efficacy in improving gut health. Clinical studies demonstrate its ability to increase Bifidobacterium spp. in fecal samples, offering promise for conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). When combined with probiotics, pomegranate extract shows significant improvements in stool consistency, pain mitigation, mood modulation and inflammation, highlighting its role in the intricate interplay of the gut-brain axis. 

This breakthrough in nutraceutical innovation signals a new era in harnessing natural compounds for gut health. Incorporating pomegranate extract into probiotic products provides a bespoke path towards personalized nutrition and effective natural health solutions. For consumers, this research offers a novel approach to supporting gut health, which can potentially impact mental and metabolic well-being. 

With increasing research into prebiotic properties, the future is promising for the use of food as medicine to achieve health through the microbiome. The search for natural compounds to improve gut health is only just beginning, paving the way for a holistic approach to wellbeing.