Pomegranate Juice May Help Fight Prostate Cancer
A glass of pomegranate juice a day may benefit men who have undergone treatment for prostate cancer, according to a study published in the April 2009 issue of The Journal of Urology and presented at the 104th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Urological Association.
Pomegranate is a fruit that is a very rich source of antioxidants called punicosides as well as vitamins C, E, A and folic acid. In research, pomegranate juice has been shown to improve heart health, joint health, and may even fight certain forms of cancer.
The study included 48 participants with rising levels of prostate specific antigen (PSA) after undergoing surgery or radiotherapy to treat prostate cancer.
PSA is a common marker used to screen for prostate cancer and track the disease after its diagnosis. PSA doubling time measures the time it takes for PSA levels in the blood to increase by 100%.
The participants were assigned to drink 8 ounces of pomegranate juice daily for 56 months.
All of the participants saw a significant increase in PSA doubling time, from an average of 15.4 months at the start of the study to 60 months after treatment.
When the researchers compared individuals who stayed in the study to people who dropped out, they found that the increase in PSA doubling time was significantly higher for the individuals on the pomegranate juice treatment.
These findings add to a growing body of research showing that pomegranate juice may slow prostate cancer progression.
Prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer that affects men, with over half a million men diagnosed with the disease every year and over 200,000 from prostate cancer deaths yearly.
Drinking pomegranate juice may be a simple yet effective way to slow the progression of prostate cancer and significantly improve the life expectancy and quality of life for men diagnosed with the disease.