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Pomegranate Juice for Prostate Cancer?

vol pomegranate jpg 0Preliminary 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, men’s 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 it’s 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.