Mechanism Behind Pomegranate's Prostate Protection Identified
Antioxidant rich pomegranate juice has been shown to reduce the risk of prostate cancer but the reason for this has been unknown, until now.
Pomegranate fruit is a very rich source of antioxidants as well as folic acid and vitamins C, E and A. Previous research has shown that pomegranate juice may have the ability to fight prostate cancer.
A recent study conducted by researchers at the University of Mississippi found that an antioxidant in pomegranate juice called ellagitannin may inhibit the activity of certain enzymes which are found in many cancerous tissues, but not in normal tissues.
The study was published in the October 2009 issue of the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.
This is the first study that has been able to identify the specific compounds in pomegranates that are responsible for its prostate cancer prevention benefits.
The researchers hope these findings will help in the prevention of prostate cancer, as well as in the development of new treatments.
Over half a million men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year, with over 200,000 deaths from the disease.
Beyond prostate cancer benefits, pomegranates have also been shown to improve hearth health and reduce joint pain for people with arthritis.