Pomegranate for Prostate Cancer

Pomegrante for Prostate cancer information

By Veena Deo


This article talks about Pomegranate for prostate cancer, some studies and trial on this subject.

Pomegranate has been under both medicinal and dietary usage for many centuries in India for various disorders especially blood, urinary, heart and intestinal. Modern science is now claiming that it is the best one for heart diseases. Ancient Ayurveda mentioned a long time ago, as ‘Hyudya’, means one that is the best for heart. More recent research is being focused on it anti-carcinogenic properties, especially in prevention of Prostate cancer.

Again, current research shows its good antioxidant activity and anti carcinogenic nature and there are many studies that are under way, especially to Pomegranate’s effect on Prostate Cancer. The two primary groups of antioxidant compounds found in pomegranates are hydrolyzable tannins and anthocyanins. Hydrolyzable tannins are a group of polyphenolic compounds found in plants that have previously been "shown to be potent antioxidants with anti-inflammatory activity." Hydrolyzable tannins include ellagitannins and ellagic acid. Anthocyanins are water plant pigments that give many fruits and berries their red, blue or purple coloration. Furthermore, both animal and clinical studies indicate that pomegranate supplements products can improve the blood lipid profile, reduce blood pressure, enhance endothelial function, and provide anti-tumor activity including for Prostate cancer and anti-atherosclerotic activities.

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In another study, the researchers from the University of South Carolina and Case Western Reserve University stimulated the cells to elicit an inflammatory response and then treated them with pomegranate extracts. The researchers found that Pomegranate did reduce inflammation by reducing the cells' production of two key pro-inflammatory cytokines (broad type signaling molecules), interleukin-6 and interleukin-8. The pomegranate extract also reduced activation of NF-KB (nuclear factor-kappa B), a protein that plays a role in immune response and inflammation.

Instead of drinking many glasses of Pomegranate juice, taking herbal products (as pills or softgels) that have concentrated extracts of Pomegranate will do the trick. In my opinion herbal supplements that give a daily intake of 600mg of this Pomegranate extract will put one in the right path for better health.

I hope the above discussion of Pomegranate for Prostate cancer is informational.

Dr. Veena Deo is the moderator and editor of this article originally written by Dr. Satyanarayana, an Ayurvedic Doctor in India. All the information provided and on supplements above and opinions expressed above should not be construed as medical advice. This information is provided for educational purposes only. For questions email to veenadeo@herbsbenefits.com


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