Pomegranates May Slow Prostate Cancer – 01/07/2006

The Daily Telegraph, United Kingdom

By Roger Highfield, Science Editor
(Filed: 01/07/2006)

The bottles of pomegranate juice flown to Germany to stop England’s football players wilting in the stifling heat could have other health benefits, according to a study published today that suggests the juice can combat prostate cancer.

Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) is a protein that the prostate produces. A rising PSA level may indicate prostate cancer, which kills 10,000 men every year in the UK.

A team from the University of California, Los Angeles, found that drinking an eight ounce glass of pomegranate juice daily increased, by nearly four times, the period during which PSA levels in men treated for prostate cancer remained stable.

The three-year study published in Clinical Cancer Research by Dr Allan Pantuck and colleagues involved 50 men who had undergone surgery or radiation but quickly experienced increases in PSA.

Pomegranate juice is known to have anti-inflammatory effects and has high levels of anti-oxidants, which are believed to protect the body from free-radical damage.

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