Punica granatum: Cultivation, Properties and Health Benefits


Rupesh K. Gautam, PhD – Professor and Head, Department of Pharmacology, Indore Institute of Pharmacy, IIST Campus, Rau-Indore, India
Smriti Parashar – Assistant Professor at Department of Pharmacology, Vedic Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, Sagar, Madhya Pradesh

Series: Botanical Research and Practices

BISAC: SCI011000

Target Audience: Pharmacy, medical institutions as well as general public.

Pomegranate (Punica granatum L.) is an ancient fruit estimated to be introduced to human cultures around the world about 4000 years ago. It is native to Central Asia, from Iran and Turkmenistan to northern India regions, and is widely cultivated in Mediterranean, tropical and subtropical regions. The highest-quality pomegranate is grown in arid zones because it is tolerant to drought conditions. It is well known to humans for its nutritional, curative, and ornamental values. About 75% of individuals from developed countries use pomegranate in traditional medicine.

Punica granatum: Cultivation, Properties and Health Benefits is an attempt to bring together important research work, literature, and scientific findings regarding Punica granatum L. This book aims to feature the medicinal importance of this plant and its journey from folk medicine to modern medicine.

This book compiles various medical studies of pomegranate for treatment of cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, cardiovascular disorders, bacterial infections, ischemia, male infertility, arthritis, obesity, and skin diseases. It is reported to have antioxidant, antimicrobial, anti-diabetic, anti-cancer, and anti-inflammatory properties. The use of pomegranate as a natural source of medicine has steadily increased around the world in recent years.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Flower, Pollen, and Stigma Characteristics in Relation to Breeding in Pomegranate
(Zeynel Dalkılıç and Sadiye Gözlekçi – Aydın Adnan Menderes University, Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Horticulture,Aydın, Turkey, et al.)

Chapter 2. Pomegranate: A Source of Active Compounds with a Health-Promoting Role
(Stefania Moccia – Institute of Food Sciences, National Research Council (ISA-CNR), Italy)

Chapter 3. Pharmacological Virtue of Punica Granatum
(Kanika Sharma, Anshuman Mudgal, Bobby Khan, Rahul Kaushik and Gunjan Sharma – Department of Pharmacy, Ram-Eesh Institute of Vocational and Technical Education, Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India, et al.)

Chapter 4. Punica granatum Polysaccharide Aided Nanoparticles: A Versatile Approach for Combating Cancer Complexities
(M. G. Archana, M. Joseph Manu and T. T. Sreelekha – Laboratory of Biopharmaceuticals and Nanomedicine, Division of Cancer Research, Regional Cancer Centre (RCC), Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India, et al.)

Chapter 5. Punica Granatum (Pomegranate): An Insight into the Prevention and Treatment of Cancer
(Ajay Kumar Pal, Sara Usmani and Mukesh Nandave – Department of Pharmacology, Delhi Pharmaceutical Sciences and Research University (DPSRU), New Delhi, India, et al.)

Chapter 6. Health Benefits of Punica Granatum against Diabetes and Associated Complications
(Dureshahwar Khan, Aman B. Upaganlawar, Hemant D. Une and Mubashir Mohammed – Department of Pharmacology, Y. B. Chavan College of Pharmacy, Dr. Rafiq Zakaria Campus, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India, et al.)

Chapter 7. Role of Punica granatum on Endothelial Dysfunction in Myocardial Ischemia-Reperfusion Injury
(Avinash Singh Mandloi, Durgesh Nandan Shukla, Vipin Dhote1 and Aman B. Upaganlawar – Faculty of Pharmacy, VNS Group of Institutions, Neelbud, Bhopal, MP, India, et al.)

Chapter 8. Cardioprotective Effects of Pomegranate for Healthy Heart
(Nitu L. Wankhede, Mayur B. Kale, Komal K. Bajaj, Mohit D. Umare, Rashmi V. Trivedi, Milind J. Umekar, Aman B. Upaganlawar and Brijesh G. Taksande – Shrimati Kishoritai Bhoyar College of Pharmacy, New Kamptee, Nagpur, Maharashtra, India, et al.)

Chapter 9. Potential Benefits and Effects of Pomegranate in Metabolic Disorders
(Komal K. Bajaj, Mayur B. Kale, Mohit D. Umare, Nitu L. Wankhede, Brijesh G. Taksande, Rashmi V. Trivedi, Milind J.Umekar and Aman B. Upaganlawar – Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Rashtrasant Tukdoji Maharaj Nagpur University, Nagpur, et al.)

Chapter 10. Therapeutic Potential of Punica granatum L. (Pomegranate) in Neurological Diseases
(Mohit D. Umare, Nitu L. Wankhede, Komal Bajaj, Rashmi V. Trivedi, Brijesh G. Taksande, Milind J. Umekar, Aman B. Upaganlawar and Mayur B. Kale – Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Rashtrasant Tukdoji Maharaj Nagpur University, Nagpur, Maharashtra, India, et al.)

Chapter 11. Therapeutic Benefits of Bioactive Components of Punica granatum in Neurodegenerative Disorders
(Shubhangi H. Pawar, Aman B. Upaganlawar and Chandrashekhar D. Upasani – Department of Pharmacology, MGVs Pharmacy College, Nashik, Maharashtra, India, et al.)

Chapter 12. Clinical Applications and Herbal Formulations of Punica granatum L.
(Disha Arora and Rupesh K. Gautam – Himalayan Institute of Pharmacy, Kala Amb, Sirmour, Himachal Pradesh, India, et al.)

Chapter 13. Therapeutic Properties of Pomegranate for Health Benefits and Effects of Industrial Processing
(Prerna Sharma, Nitin Goel, Kashish Wilson and Vipin Saini – MM College of Pharmacy, Maharishi Markandeshwar (Deemed To Be University), Mullana-Ambala, et al.)

Chapter 14. Pomegranate on Animal Reproduction
(P. Perumal – Division of Animal Science, ICAR-Central Island Agricultural Research Institute, Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India)


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