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Int. J. Pharm. Res. Sci., 2014, 02(1), 1-6. www.ijprsonline.com ISSN: 2348 –0882 ========================================================================== Punica Granatum: A Natural And Recent Approach Towards Dental Problem Jain Sambhav1, Rai Rohit2, Upadhyaya Ankit Raj 3, Malhotra Garima 4 1 & 2.Department of Periodontology and Oral Implantology,Teerthanker Mahaveer Dental College and Research Centre,Delhi Road,Moradabad,India. 3. Department of Conservative and Endodontics,Teerthanker Mahaveer Dental College and Research Centre,Delhi Road,Moradabad,India. 4. Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry,Teerthanker Mahaveer Dental College and Research Centre, Delhi Road,Moradabad,India. Correspondence Author:Dr Rohit Rai, Department of Periodontology and Oral Implantology,Teerthanker Mahaveer Dental College and Research Centre,Delhi Road,Moradabad,India.Email:email@example.com -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------The ripe pomegranate fruit can be up to five Abstract: Oral hygiene plays a very important role in inches wide with a deep red, leathery skin, is generalized health of body that is sadly grenade-shaped, and crowned by the pointed overlooked by most doctorsand the patients.Oral calyx. The fruit contains many seeds (arils) health status profoundly impacts diseases ranging separated by white, membranous pericarp, and from type 2 diabetes and cancer to rheumatoid each is surrounded by small amounts of tart, red arthritis and atherosclerosis.Recent scientific juice. Fig.1 studies show that many of the natural nutrients The recent interest for this fruit is not only confers benefits when topically applied in the because of the pleasant taste, but also due to the mouth.Acting as powerful allies in the fight scientific evidences that suggest therapeutic against periodontal disease, these natural activity such as anti-atherogenic, antiparasitic, compounds can help safeguard against lethal ageantimicrobial, antioxidant, anticarcinogenic and related diseases that emanate from our mouths. antiinflammatory effects. These beneficial effects Introduction: were attributed to the antioxidative properties of Pomegranate (Punica granatum L) is considered pomegranate phenolic compounds, tannins and one of the oldest known edible fruits and is the anthocyanins as well as other phytochemicals. The symbolic of abundance and prosperity. For constituents of pomegranate have been thoroughly thousands of years, many cultures have believed investigated, however, clinical trials are in that pomegranate have beneficiary effects on progress to explore the therapeutic potential of 1 health, fertility, longevity and rebirth. pomegranate products, particularly determining The pomegranate tree typically grows 12-16 feet, preventive efficacy of pomegranate extracts in has many spiny branches, and can be extremely cancer, cardiovascular diseases, inflammation, long lived, as evidenced by trees at Versailles, diabetes and ultraviolet radiation-induced skin France, known to be over 200 years old. The damage. 2 leaves are glossy and lanceshaped, and the bark of the tree turns gray as the tree ages. The flowers are large, red, white, or variegated and have a tubular calyx that eventually becomes the fruit. 1
Int. J. Pharm. Res. Sci., 2014, 02(1), 1-6. www.ijprsonline.com ISSN: 2348 –0882 ========================================================================== The most therapeutically beneficial pomegranate constituents are ellagic acid ellagitannins (including punicalagins), punicic acid, flavonoids, anthocyanidins, anthocyanins, and estrogenic Botanical classification of Pomegranate: flavonols and flavones.2 Kingdom: Plantae (unranked): Angiosperms (unranked): Eudicots Order: Myrtales Family: Lythraceae Genus: Punica History The pomegranate, Punica granatum L., an ancient, mystical, and highly distinctive fruit, is the predominant member of two species comprising the Punicaceae family. It was lauded in ancient times in the Old Testament of the Bible, the Jewish Torah, and the Babylonian Talmud as a sacred fruit conferring powers of fertility, abundance, and good luck. It also features prominently in the ceremonies, art, and mythology of the Egyptians and Greeks and was the personal emblem of the Holy Roman Emperor, Maximilian. Pomegranate is the symbol and heraldic device of the ancient city of Granada in Spain – from which the city gets its name. The pomegranate is native from the Himalayas in northern India to Iran but has been cultivated and naturalized since ancient times over the entire Mediterranean region. It is also found in India and more arid regions of Southeast Asia, the East Indies, and tropical Africa. The tree is also cultivated for its fruit in the drier regions of California and Arizona. In addition to its ancient historical uses, pomegranate is used in several systems of medicine for a variety of ailments. In Ayurvedic medicine the pomegranate is considered “a pharmacy unto itself” and is used as an antiparasitic agent, a “blood tonic,” and to heal aphthae, diarrhoea, and ulcers. 2 Fig. 2 COMPOSTION Power of Pomegranate Pomegranate is currently finding important applications in the field of dental health. Clinical studies have shown that this popular antioxidant superstar attacks the causes of tooth decay at the biochemical level, with remarkable vigor.3,4-7 When used regularly in combination with toothpaste that has been reinforced with bioactive botanical extracts and CoQ10, pomegranate containing mouthwash may fight dental plaque and tartar formation by inhibiting the activities of the microorganisms that cause plaque. Additionally, pomegranate compounds possess anti-inflammatory properties that may help soothe irritated tissues.8,9 Pomegranate gets to the root of the problem by literally hitting bacteria where they live. Fascinating research shows that pomegranate extract suppresses the ability of these microorganisms to adhere to the surface of the tooth.3 The trick is to inhibit a common species of Streptococcus, preventing it from producing chemicals that create favorable conditions for fungi and other microorganisms to thrive. Plaque may involve four or more different microorganisms combining forces to colonize the surface of the teeth. Remarkably, nature’s own pomegranate fights the organisms’ ability to adhere by interfering with production of the very chemicals the bacteria use as “glue.”10 In fact, a recent study conducted by Brazilian researchers showed that pomegranate extract was more effective against the adherence of biofilm microorganisms than a pharmaceutical antifungal, when three or four microorganisms were involved.3 The results of this study suggest that “this phytotherapeutic agent might be used in the control of adherence of different microorganisms in the oral cavity,” concluded researchers.3 2
Int. J. Pharm. Res. Sci., 2014, 02(1), 1-6. www.ijprsonline.com ISSN: 2348 –0882 ========================================================================== A study conducted at the Human Nutrition Center “could promote oral health, including affecting at Ohio State University in 2007 examined the processes related to gingivitis.”11 effects of using a mouthwash containing Table.12 Components of pomegranate extract on the risk of gingivitis.11 pomegranate along with the constituents: Investigators noted that pomegranate’s active PLANT CONSTITUEN components, including polyphenolic flavonoids COMPONEN TS (e.g., punicalagins and ellagic acid), are believed T to prevent gingivitis through a number of Pomegranate anthocyanins; glucose, mechanisms including reduction of oxidative 12-14 juice ascorbic acid; ellagic stress in the oral cavity, direct antioxidant 15,16 acid, gallic acid, caffeic activity; anti-inflammatory effects; 17 acid; catechin, quercetin, antibacterial activity; and direct removal of 5 rutin; numerous plaque from the teeth. They also noted that a minerals, particularly published pilot study has already shown that iron; amino acids pomegranate extract can reduce the clinical signs Pomegranate 95-percent punicic of chronic periodontitis.4 seed oil acid;other constituents, For the Ohio State study, researchers recruited 32 including ellagic acid; healthy young men and women, who were other fatty acids;sterols randomly assigned to rinse with pomegranate mouthwash, or placebo, three times daily for four Pomegranate phenolic punicalagins; weeks. Subjects were instructed to rinse for five pericarp gallic acid and other fatty minutes per rinse. Saliva samples were evaluated (peel, rind) acids; catechin, ; for a variety of indicators related to gingivitis and quercetin, rutin, and periodontitis. Subjects rinsing with pomegranate other flavonols; flavones, solution experienced a reduction in saliva total flavonones; protein content,11 which is normally higher among anthocyanidins people with gingivitis18 and may correlate with Pomegranate tannins (punicalin and plaque-forming bacterial content.19 leaves punicafolin); and flavone Pomegranate-treated subjects also experienced glycosides, including significant decreases in the salivary activity of the luteolin and apigenin enzyme aspartate aminotransferase. This enzyme Pomegranate gallic acid, ursolic acid; is considered a reliable indicator of cell injury and flower triterpenoids, including is elevated among patients with periodontitis.20 maslinic and asiatic acid; Pomegranate rinsing also lowered saliva activities other unidentified of alpha-glucosidase, an enzyme that breaks down constituents sucrose (sugar),21 while it increased activities of Pomegranate ellagitannins, including ceruloplasmin, an antioxidant enzyme.22 “The roots and bark punicalin and pomegranate extract-induced increase in punicalagin; numerous ceruloplasmin activity can be expected to piperidine alkaloids strengthen antioxidant defenses,” noted PRODUCTION investigators. Subjects who rinsed with placebo Pomegranate can be consumed as fresh, fruit solution did not experience any of these 11 juice, fermented fruit juice, dried aril, frozen aril, changes. Taken together, researchers concluded minimally-processed aril, canned aril, jam, jelly, that these changes in saliva content indicated that routine rinsing with a pomegranate mouthwash, 3
Int. J. Pharm. Res. Sci., 2014, 02(1), 1-6. www.ijprsonline.com ISSN: 2348 –0882 ========================================================================== wine, vinegar, paste, fruit leather and in The specific antimicrobial action of Punica flavouring products. granatum Linn on dental biofilm bacteria, i.e., After washing, the peel is separated from the Fig. 1 Different Parts of Pomegranate mesocarp, dried in an incubator at 33°C for 7 disturbance of polyglycan synthesis, thus acting days. The material is thereafter ground in an on the adherence mechanisms of these organisms electric grinder to produce a powder. to dental surface. The results indicated that the The active principles are isolated and a glucan synthesis and its antimicrobial action gave concentrated extract is obtained. A basic gel this gel an effective control of the already formed consisting of carbopol, water and triethanolamine biofilm, which is considered the primary etiologic is than prepared. agent in caries disease and stomatitis. Next, 0.5 mL of the brute extract, equivalent to 540 mg of the plant powder, was incorporated, thus resulting in the Punica granatum L. gel.23 PROPERTIES OF POMEGRANATE 1. Antioxidant properties:- pomegranate juice and seed extracts have 2-3 times the antioxidant capacity of either red wine or green Fig. 2 Pomegranate Fruit tea.33 Pomegranate extracts have been shown to scavenge free radicals and decrease macrophage oxidative stress and lipid peroxidation in animals and increase plasma antioxidant capacity in elderly humans. 2. Anticarcinogenic properties:pomegranate extracts (juice, seed oil, peel) potently inhibit prostate cancer cell invasiveness and proliferation, cause cell cycle disruption, induce apoptosis, and inhibit tumour growth. These studies also demonstrated combinations of pomegranate extracts from different parts of the fruit were more effective than any single extract. Pomegranate in dentistry:- S. mutans are directly involved in the etiopathogenesis of caries and periodontal diseases, denture associated stomatitis and other infections because they can contribute to alter the equilibrium of oral microbiota by creating favourable conditions to adherence of opportunistic organisms, such as fungi, to the surfaces of teeth, oral tissues and prosthetic appliances. Fig. 3 Pomegranate Paste 3. Pomegranate in periodontal disease: The Punica granatum Linn (pomegranate) gel has an inhibitory activity on the adherence of different bacterial strains and one yeast commonly found in the oral cavity and might be used in the control of bacteria and yeasts responsible for oral infections 4
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