Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Pomegranate juice & extract has amazing health properties...but how should you take them?

There is no question that the phytonutrients in fruits such as pomegranate, blue berries, raspberries, red grapes (resveratrol), mangosteen, blackberries, and other compounds like green tea, turmeric, pine bark, grape seed extract, have amazing anti-oxidant properties, but the fad today is to get many of these in the form of sweet sugary drinks. I do not recommend this. Eat the whole fruit, or herb, or take them in juice form, as long as it does not contain added sugar. Because the average diet is so high in sugar, our taste buds are tainted, and we like foods and drinks that are unnaturally sweet. A recent study showed that when children were offered pure orange juice or a popular orange drink, high in sugar, they always preferred the orange drink. Get these compounds in real fruits, vegetables, herbs or in capsule form, where they are concentrated and standardized to have high amounts of what were looking for, without the things that bring our health down.


Anti-inflammatory Effects Of Pomegranate In Rabbits: A Potential Treatment In Humans?...
Oral ingestion of pomegranate extract reduces the production of chemicals that cause inflammation suggests a new study. The findings indicate that pomegranate extract may provide humans with relief of chronic inflammatory conditions.

Can Pomegranates Prevent Prostate Cancer? A New Study Offers Promise...
The juice of the pomegranate, say researchers at University of Wisconsin Medical School, shows major promise to combat prostate cancer - the most common invasive cancer and the second-leading cause of cancer death in American men. With more than 230,000 new cases of prostate cancer expected to be diagnosed this year alone in the U.S. and the outlook poor for patients with metastatic disease, researchers are looking for new strategies to combat the disease. Earlier research at Wisconsin and elsewhere has shown that the pomegranate, a fruit native to the Middle East, is rich in anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory activity and is effective against tumors in mouse skin. In fact, pomegranate juice has higher anti-oxidant activity than do red wine and green tea, both of which appear promising as anti-cancer agents.

Pomegranate Juice May Help Fight Lung Cancer...
Researchers are adding to the list of cancer types for which pomegranates seem to halt growth. A recent study using a mouse model shows that consuming pomegranates could potentially help reduce the growth and spread of lung cancer cells or even prevent lung cancer from developing. In a recent issue of Cancer Research, researchers led by Hasan Mukhtar, co-leader of the Cancer Chemoprevention Program of the University of Wisconsin Paul P. Carbone Comprehensive Cancer Center, demonstrate that drinking pomegranate fruit extract helps slow the growth of lung cancer in mice.

Pomegranate Fruit Shown To Slow Cartilage Deterioration In Osteoarthritis...
Pomegranate fruit extracts can block enzymes that contribute to osteoarthritis according to a Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine study published in the September 2005 issue of the Journal of Nutrition. The study looked at the ability of an extract of pomegranate fruit against Interleukin-1b (IL-1b), a pro-inflammatory protein molecule that plays a key role in cartilage degradation in osteoarthritis. Current treatments for osteoarthritis, which affects 20 million people nationwide, according to the National Institutes of Health, offer limited effectiveness and do little to slow joint destruction and disease progression.

Pomegranate Juice: Tart, Trendy, And Targeted On Prostate Cancer Cells...
Researchers in California are reporting new evidence explaining pomegranate juice's mysterious beneficial effects in fighting prostate cancer. In a new study scientists have found that the tart, trendy beverage also uses a search-and-destroy strategy to target prostate cancer cells.
In previous research, Seeram's group found that pomegranate juice consumption had a beneficial effect for prostate cancer patients with rising prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels. Such increases in PSA signal that the cancer is progressing, "doubling time" a key indicator of prognosis. Men whose PSA levels double in a short period are more likely to die from their cancer. Pomegranate juice increased doubling times by almost fourfold.

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