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I'm A Holistic Derm: This Is My Top Food For Glowing Skin & A Balanced Gut

Jamie Schneider
mbg Associate Editor By Jamie Schneider
mbg Associate Editor
Jamie Schneider is the Associate Editor at mindbodygreen, covering beauty and wellness. She has a B.A. in Organizational Studies and English from the University of Michigan, and her work has appeared in Coveteur, The Chill Times, and Wyld Skincare.
A Holistic Derm's Must-Have Food For Glowing Skin & A Balanced Gut

Plenty of nutrient-dense fruits and veggies earn the skin-supporting stamp of approval, but if board-certified dermatologist Whitney Bowe, M.D., had to pick a favorite? She fixes on pomegranate: "Pomegranate seeds are an absolute superfood for the skin,"* she says over TikTok

You may greet the word "superfood" with an eye roll—there's no real definition of the title, after all, as it's more of a marketing term. But if any fruit deserves the crown, it's the mighty pomegranate: As Bowe explains, the nutrient-packed fruit supports your skin and gut from multiple angles.* 

What makes pomegranate seeds so good for skin?

First and foremost: "They contain a substance called ellagic acid, which is a type of polyphenol," Bowe says. Polyphenols are powerful antioxidants that protect your body's cells (yes, including skin cells) from free radicals, which can lead to premature aging in the skin.* 

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These pomegranate polyphenols "help protect your skin even from sun exposure, as well—there are clinical studies supporting that,"* notes Bowe. Take this randomized controlled trial, for instance, which found that pomegranate extract increased skin's resilience against UVB rays; or this double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial, which found that taking pomegranate extract orally could help with common sun-induced pigmentation.* 

Finally? Pomegranate seeds are great for gut health—which, thanks to the gut-skin axis, means they're inherently great for skin as well.* According to Bowe, the tart fruit is a good source of prebiotic fiber, "balancing the microbiome in the gut and the skin." Pomegranate also promotes the growth of Akkermansia muciniphila, a good gut bacteria integrative gastroenterologist Marvin Singh, M.D., calls "one of [his] favorite microbes" in a recent mbg podcast episode. That A. muciniphila bacteria then creates the postbiotic urolithin A (UA), which is associated with ​​enhanced mitochondrial function and energy production.*

Science jargon aside, these gut bacteria and their outputs have some pretty powerful health benefits—and it all starts with pomegranate.*

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The takeaway. 

Pomegranates are a common derm-favorite fruit, as the seeds are bursting with skin- and gut-health benefits—consider it yet another reason to indulge in the sweet, antioxidant-rich snack.

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