Pomegranate juice effective in treating prostate cancer

According to the CDC and Cancer.org, the second leading cause of cancer death with men is prostate cancer (1, 2). In 2015, there over 220,000 new cases of prostate cancer in the United States alone (2). This is a very large portion of males in the United States and makes prostate cancer a very serious problem. So serious that 1 of every 38 men will die from prostate cancer (2). With that being said, there is some uplifting news in the cancer research field, and it has to do with the amazing pomegranate fruit.

Scientists show pomegranates are effective in treating prostate cancer

Scientific research shows that pomegranate juice (PJ) and/or pomegranate extracts (PE) significantly inhibit the growth of prostate cancer cells. In preclinical murine models PJ and PE were both found to inhibit growth and angiogenesis of prostate tumors (3).  Additionally, PJ has shown an initial promise in a phase II clinical trial against prostate cancer (5). This is exciting news as pomegranate juice is not toxic to our bodies and would be easier, cheaper, and safer than current prostate cancer treatments.

Pomegranate juice helps lower cholesterol and protect your heart

What makes PJ so effective is that it contains phytochemical compounds such as ellagic acid, gallic acid, anthocyanins and tannins. If treating prostate cancer wasn’t good enough, pomegranate juice has also been found to help lower cholesterol and prevent heart disease (4). This is one fruit you really need to start adding into your lives.

The most potent form of pomegranate that you can take is a pomegranate juice concentrate*. It is 4 times more concentrated than juice and offers some of the highest levels of phytochemical compounds.

Common forms of Pomegranate Supplements 

1) Pomegranate concentrate *

2) Pomegranate juice *

3) Pomegranate powder

4) Pomegranates (whole fruit)

*Studies have observed the concentrate and juice to be more beneficial compared to the individual or purified ingredient (5).


Sources

1) http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/dcpc/data/men.htm

2) http://www.cancer.org/cancer/prostatecancer/overviewguide/prostate-cancer-overview-key-statistics

3) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4200766/

4) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3514854/

5) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2989797/

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