Known as the fruit of paradise in ancient times, the pomegranate might have been concealing some amazing therapeutic properties that are just now being brought to light.
The exotic fruit, noted for its unique flavor, has seen uses in gastronomy, cosmetics, but also pharmaceutics. Full of antioxidants and rich in anthocyanins, ellagitannins and hydrolysable tannins, pomegranates have been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties, as well as lower heart disease risk and blood pressure.
The list of health benefits seems to be getting longer as recent evidence links pomegranates with not only preventing but also as a possible adjutant in the treatment for cancer. As one of the leading causes of death worldwide, great effort is being put into finding safe and efficient solutions to this problem.
Polyphenols, found throughout the fruit, work at a molecular level by inhibiting aromatase (which converts androgen to estrogen), known to play an important role in the development of breast cancer. Furthermore, some chemotherapeutic signs were noticed during testing.
Extended research is being done on other types of cancer, of the colon, lung, prostate, skin, all providing a positive initial response.
The fact that more and more natural alternatives are found for cancer treatment means an optimistic view for the future. Safer on the body, with fewer side effects, and more cost efficient than traditional chemotherapeutic agents, these are all reasons to be hopeful that soon cancer will lose its terrible reputation.
In the meantime, stay healthy and risk-free with a cup of pomegranate juice.