Pomegranate Shines in Cancer and Heart Health Research

By: Byron J. Richards, Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist

Due to numerous scandals like Vioxx, the public has become very aware that almost all drugs carry serious side effects and using them in the name of prevention requires a mental exam for sanity.  Researchers are trying to help the consumer public by identifying how food can prevent cancer and heart disease.  They are unlocking a treasure trove of information.  Pomegranate is being thrust into the spotlight as a super-fruit with promising animal studies suggestng it can help ward off heart disease and cancer.

Pomegranate has been shown to reduce the uptake of plaque into arteries, lower cholesterol, and turn on genes that burn fat (reducing the risk for diabetes and helping weight loss).

Other studies show that it may reduce the risk for prostate cancer, colon cancer, and lung cancer.

The active component in Pomegranate is primarily a type of antioxidant called punicalagins, which are highly concentrated and absorbable in the form of dietary supplements.

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