Study: Pomegranate juice and prostate cancer

Love the tarty taste of pomegranate juice and its heart-healthy benefits? Here’s another reason to enjoy more of this antioxidant-packed superfood:

Researchers at the University of California, Riverside have found that components in pomegranate juice can both inhibit the movement of cancer cells and weaken their attraction to a chemical signal that promotes the metastasis (i.e. spread) of prostate cancer to the bone. The research findings were presented at the 50th annual meeting of the American Society for Cell Biology in December, 2010.

Prostate cancer is the 2nd-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in men in the United States. If prostate cancer recurs after surgery or radiation, the next treatment is usually the suppression of the male hormone testosterone, which stops the growth of the cancer cells. But over time, the cancer often develops ways to resist hormone suppression therapies and metastasizes to the bone marrow, lungs and lymph nodes, usually resulting in the patient’s death.

SOURCE: University of California, Riverside

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