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Sep 26, 2005

Pomegranate juice to prevent prostate cancer

Pomegranate juice to prevent prostate cancerEat lot of pomegranate to prevent or treat prostate cancer! That may be the message based on the latest research from UW Medical School. As per these researches the juice of pomegranate holds a major promise to combat prostate cancer.

Earlier research at Wisconsin and elsewhere has shown that the pomegranate 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.

Using human prostate cancer cells, the UW research team first evaluated the fruit extract's effect, on cells cultured in laboratory dishes and found that the higher the dose of pomegranate extract the cells received, the more cells died.

The research team conducted tests in mice that had been injected with prostate cancer cells from humans and developed malignancies. The 24 mice were randomly divided into three groups. The control group received normal drinking water, while the animals in the second and third groups had their drinking water supplemented with .1 percent and .2 percent pomegranate extract respectively. These doses for the mice were chosen to parallel how much pomegranate juice a typical healthy human might be willing to eat or drink daily.

The results were dramatic: the mice receiving the higher concentration of pomegranate extract showed significant slowing of their cancer progression and a decrease in the levels of prostate-specific antigen (PSA). The animals that received only water had tumors that grew much faster than those in the animals treated with pomegranate extract.

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Prostate cancer
The prostate gland is located just below the bladder and in front of the rectum in male. The tube that carries urine runs through the prostate. The prostate contains cells that make some of the seminal fluid. This fluid protects and nourishes the sperm. Prostate cancer usually starts in the gland cells of the prostate. This kind of cancer is known as adenocarcinoma. Prostate cancer is usually a slow disease, but sometimes it can grow fast and spread quickly to other organs.

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