I’m a big believer in pomegranate extract for improved nitric oxide production. Resent studies have now shown pomegranate extract for cancer prevention.
Researchers are discovering how the bioactive compounds in pomegranate can help stop cancer in multiple ways like:
Protecting against initial DNA mutations.
Impeding the spread of existing cancers.
And the beauty of pomegranate extract for cancer prevention is that all of this plant (fruit, skin, and seeds) are rich in protect compounds called polyphenols. Especially the polyphenols called tannins and flavonoids.
Pomegranate Extract for Cancer Prevention – Multiple Studies Show
As researchers have examined pomegranate fruit extract the following observations have been noted:
This extract helps to maintain DNA integrity to prevent the genetic mutation needed to create a cancer cell.
If a mutation does occur, then pomegranate extract can impede its cell replication cycle.
Pomegranate extract helps to facilitate the death of mutated cells by a process called apoptosis.
And for malignant cancer cells, pomegranate extract impairs their ability to invade local tissues as well as metastasizing into other tissues.
In the use of pomegranate extract for cancer prevention, multiple studies have show how it has the potential to act as a powerful chemopreventive agent against prostate, breast, colorectal, and lung cancers.
Specific to this cancer prevention process, pomegranate extract helps to promote the production of a protective enzyme called paraoxonase-1 or PON-1. This enzyme helps to block the inflammation and oxidative stress that can contribute to initial DNA damage.
There seems to be a direct correlation with reduced levels of PON-1 and cancer. The lower your PON-1 levels the greater your probability of developing cancer.
Pomegranate Extract for Cancer Prevention – Prostate and Breast Cancer
Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer for men. Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women.
Multiple human and animal studies have shown pomegranate extract’s ability to slow prostate tumor growth. As well as helping to prevent prostate cancers from forming.
For breast cancer it’s important to acknowledge that most are hormone-dependent, meaning that high levels of estrogen help the cancer grow and spread. This is why anti-estrogen therapies are used as part of the treatment program.
In lab studies, pomegranate extract has been shown to prevent the activity of estrogen-dependent breast cancer cells. Specifically, pomegranate peel and seed extracts inhibited the growth of these types of breast cancer cells by more than 80%.
And as studies on pomegranate extract continue there is promising results for both colorectal and lung cancer.
Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. Because your colon cells are constantly exposed to waste matter and toxins that can create inflammation within the colon, this increases the potential for colorectal cancers.
In animal studies, pomegranate extract consistently inhibits tumor growth, both in size and number. One of the reasons why is the polyphonel found in pomegranate extract called punicalagins. This polyphenol inhibits the enzymes that convert the pro-carcinogens (cancer precursors) into the active carcinogens.
For lung cancer, pomegranate extract has anti-inflammatory properties. Most lung cancers occur due to the increase risk caused by chronic inflammation. In animal studies, pomegranate extract reduced the number of tumors by up to 66%.
As you can see by the above information, pomegranate extract for cancer prevention is a safe and natural way to reduce your risk.
And if you have cancer, then talk to your oncologist about adding pomegranate extract to your treatment program to help you overcome your cancer and speed your recovery.