Preliminary results from a small study
of 50 men indicate that pomegranate juice may slow the progression of
prostate cancer in men. Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of
cancer death in men and occurs in one out of every ten US men with over
200,000 new cases diagnosed annually. When prostate cancer is
present, a protein referred to as PSA is released and found within the
bloodstream. The quicker the concentration of PSA increases in the
blood, the quicker the cancer is progressing. Within this study, menís
PSA doubling time was on average approximately 15 months before
drinking the juice. Once the men began drinking eight ounces of
pomegranate juice daily their PSA doubling times were extended to 54
months on average. While itís too soon to jump to conclusions, with no
side effects noted, regular consumption of pomegranate juice might not
only be a delicious thirst quencher, but may additionally have some
very powerful health benefits in men.
Source: Reuters. July 1, 2006.