Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Pomegranates May Cut Breast Cancer Risk

Source: Reuters Health (Summary by NIM)

With so many health benefits, it's no surprise that pomegranates have become increasingly popular in the past few years - you'll find their seeds sprinkled over salads and pomegranate juices in every grocery store or smoothie bar thanks to their potent health-promoting phytochemicals. Now, thanks to new research from U.S., there's even more reason to enjoy the goodness of pomegranates.

According to new findings published in Cancer Prevention Research, certain phytochemicalsaromatase, which converts androgen to estrogen. Aromatase is thought to be a key player in breast cancer - many women who have previously battled breast cancer take medicines called aromatase inhibitors (or AI's) to keep estrogen from feeding tumors.

Maybe now, thanks to this research, a more natural solution can be found in pomegranates. The researchers caution, however, that as yet, the compounds found in pomegranates are not a good enough replacement for AI's, stating "We do not recommend people start taking this as a replacement for the AI's," and "They (pomegranate compounds) are not as potent as the real drugs so we think that the interest probably is more on the prevention end rather than in a therapeutic purpose."

Find out more about the pomegranate-breast cancer link by reading the article "Pomegranate compounds may ease breast cancer risk" from Reuters Health (Jan. 5, 2010).
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