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June is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month. The cancer fighting properties of many antioxidant rich fruit and veg are well known. Here we take a look at how pomegranate can help in the fight against cancer.
New trials show that a supplement derived from natural substances, including pomegranate, can be effective in fighting prostate cancer. The study showed that capsules containing derivatives of green tea, pomegranate, broccoli and turmeric can effectively fight cancer cells in patients with prostate cancer, whilst previous studies show the fruit’s effectiveness in preventing breast cancer from spreading.
Pomegranate and Cancer
Pomegranate is high in polyphenols, a phytonutrient that is known to have anticancer and antioxidant effects, amongst other health benefits. Whilst lab tests have shown the potential benefits of pomegranate in the war against cancer, a new study firmly establishes the fruit’s role in preventing the progression of cancer with virtually no side effects.
Lab tests and pre-clinical studies on the cytotoxic effects of pomegranate on a range of cancer cells show that oral ingestion of pomegranate extract can inhibit cancer cell growth for lung cancer, skin cancer, colon cancer, breast cancer and prostate cancer tumors.
Pomegranate and Breast Cancer
The American Association for Cancer research states that the phytonutrients found in pomegranate have the ability to inhibit three main processes involved in the metastasis of breast cancer, including the production of estrogen, thereby preventing the reproduction of breast cancer cells and suppressing the growth of estrogen responsive breast cancer tumors.
Researchers in California applied two different concentrations of pomegranate extract to cancer cells (1% and 5%). Studies showed that 1% concentration stopped cancer cell growth, whilst the higher concentration not only stopped cancer cell growth but also killed a high number of cancer cells.
Even the lower concentration of juice stimulated the effectiveness of genes that helped to prevent the metastatic process of cancer. The prevention of cancer spreading happened in several ways:
- Increasing cancer cell adhesion, which kept the cancer cells clumped together instead of spreading to other tissues.
- Suppressing the migration capacity of cancer cells.
- Significantly reducing the chemical attraction of cancer cells towards the bones.
- Suppressing inflammatory cytokines and chemokines whilst increasing anti-inflammatory cytokine levels.
Treating Cancer Naturally
Whilst conventional cancer treatment has proved successful for many cancer patients, there is continuing research into natural methods of preventing suppressing and killing cancer. The Functional Oncology program at Alternative Cancer Mexico has, for years, been employing diet, detoxification and supplementation as well as cutting edge, natural cancer suppression techniques to fight cancer, with minimal side effects and without the future health risks that come with chemotherapy.
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