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PACE UNIVERSITY STUDY FINDS PURE POMEGRANATE JUICE AND POMEGRANATE LIQUID EXTRACT EFFECTIVE IN FIGHTING VIRUSES AND BACTERIA
100% Pomegranate juice and POMx liquid extract could significantly reduce microbes found in the mouth that commonly cause cavities, staph infections and food poisoning
NEW YORK, NY, May 22, 2007 – If the answer to improved health through protection against common germs and pathogens was as simple as drinking pomegranate juice it seems everyone would be a lot healthier.
Recent preliminary research by Milton Schiffenbauer, Ph.D., a biology professor at Pace University in New York, indicates it just might be that simple. The research revealed that 100% pomegranate juice and POMx liquid extract (pomegranate polyphenol extract), made from the Wonderful variety of pomegranate grown in California, have antiviral and antibiotic effects. His findings will be introduced May 22 at the American Society for Microbiology’s annual meeting in Toronto in a presentation entitled: “The Inactivation of Virus and Destruction of Bacteria by Pomegranate Juice.”
In this exploratory study, Schiffenbauer tested 100% pomegranate juice and POMx liquid extract and the effect each had on a bacterial virus T1 and several bacteria over various periods of time, in various conditions and with the addition of other ingredients. The titer of T1 virus,(a model system) which infects E.coli B decreased up to 100% within 10 minutes of the addition of 100% pomegranate juice or POMx liquid extract. The research was funded by Pace University and POM Wonderful LLC and was conducted using POM Wonderful pomegranate products.
Both were also found to be effective in the destruction of bacteria S. mutans, known to cause cavities, S. aureus, the most common cause of staph infections, and B. cereus, a common cause of food poisoning. Schiffenbauer’s findings also indicate that 100% pomegranate juice and POMx liquid extract inhibit the spread of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), having widespread implications in the treatment of these potentially pathogenic microorganisms.
The addition of the POM products to various oral agents, including toothpaste and mouthwash, gave these agents an antimicrobial effect.
This work comes on the heels of earlier studies conducted by Schiffenbauer that found that white tea and green tea extracts also have antimicrobial effects. According to Schiffenbauer, pomegranate has gotten even better results than the teas.
About POM Wonderful
POM Wonderful is the largest grower of the Wonderful variety of pomegranate. The company exclusively grows and sells this variety because of its exquisite sweet flavor, health benefits, large size and plentiful juice. POM Wonderful’s pomegranates are grown in Central California, in the sunny San Joaquin Valley. Fresh pomegranates are in season from October through January and November is National Pomegranate Month. In addition to selling the fresh fruit, the company also juices its fresh pomegranates to make POM Wonderful pomegranate juice and POMx. To learn more, visit http://www.pomwonderful.com.
About Pace University
For more than 100 years Pace University has been preparing students to become leaders in their fields by providing an education that combines exceptional academics with professional experience and the New York advantage. Pace has three campuses, in New York City, Westchester, and White Plains. A private metropolitan university, Pace enrolls nearly 13,500 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lienhard School of Nursing, Lubin School of Business, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu.