Some inflammation is a good thing.
It’s the body’s natural response to injury and illnesses. It involves white blood cells and other immune substances attacking viruses and bacteria that invade your body.
You couldn’t survive without inflammation. Your body would quickly become overwhelmed by infections. Your injuries wouldn’t heal.
But chronic inflammation is another story.
It happens when your body always has inflammation, even when you’re not fighting an infection or healing from an injury.
It can be caused by autoimmune disorders like arthritis or exposure to a toxin. Things like smoking or exposure to pollution can trigger it.
It’s the root cause of many serious illnesses…cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and even Alzheimer’s.
Harvard University researchers go even further. They say inflammation may cause all disease. They call it the “unifying theory” of disease.
Luckily, there are many natural foods and supplements that combat chronic inflammation. One of the best is pomegranate.
This tasty red fruit has been part of traditional medicine for centuries. The ancient Egyptians used it to treat infections. And it’s important in Indian Ayurvedic medicine as well.
Modern research confirms pomegranate’s inflammation-fighting power:
- A study published in the Journal of Research in Medical Sciences looked at 50 type 2 diabetes patients. Scientists randomly assigned them to drink either 8 1/2 ounces of pomegranate juice daily or a placebo beverage. After 12 weeks, the pomegranate juice drinkers had up to 32% lower levels of inflammatory markers.
- Researchers at the University of Wisconsin found that pomegranate extract fights colon inflammation. They concluded the extract also inhibits cancer cell growth and increases apoptosis (cancer cell death).
- An animal study published in the journal Advanced Biomedical Research found that pomegranate extract relieves joint inflammation and reduces the severity of rheumatoid arthritis.
Pomegranate juice is widely available in supermarkets. Be sure to get a brand with no added sugar. You can also get pomegranate extract in capsule form in health food stores and from online retailers.
Pomegranate juice is generally safe. But it might interact with ACE inhibitor blood pressure drugs such as lisinopril (Prinivil), benazepril (Lotensin), and enalapril (Vasotec). So check with your doctor if you are on one of these medications. 
Most studies found that inflammation is reduced with a juice dose of two to eight ounces of juice per day. But experts say you can drink 12 ounces or more daily with no ill effects.
You know how they say that you can have too much of a good thing? That’s true in spades for inflammation. With pomegranate in whatever form you choose, you can make sure this necessary process doesn’t go out of control.