Pomegranates May Help to Prevent Prostate Cancer
Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of death among males in the US, trailing only behind lung cancer. New findings released this month in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggest that this risk may be greatly reduced with the help of a beautiful fruit from the Middle East.
Nutritionists have long known that pomegranates were a rich source of vitamins and antioxidants and that they possessed potent anti-inflammatory properties. Now new research is revealing that this mythical fruit may offer far more.
Scientists at the University of Wisconsin have just published findings which show that the juice of the pomegranate seed kills human prostate cancer cells and significantly slows the growth of the cancer in mice. The fruit has been studied before as a potential cancer treatment, but this study is the first to directly link the seeds to the prevention and treatment of prostate cancer.
Researchers used a dose equivalent to 8-16 ounces of the juice and found that the higher the dosage the greater the percentage of cancer cells that were killed. This equates to about two pomegranates per day.
Researchers are being careful to not that they cannot guarantee the same results in humans, but considering the many other healthy benefits of the fruit it may be worth adding this delicious fruit to your daily diet.