A few years back, pomegranate juice stole the spotlight as the latest exotic healthy drink. But this time, we have a product with real evidence backing its efficacy, particularly for men’s health.
A new study has shown that drinking eight ounces of pomegranate juice on a daily basis may slow down the progress of localized prostate cancer (prostate cancer that hasn’t spread).
The study included 48 men who had surgery or radiation therapy to treat localized prostate cancer. When the study started in 2003, the men’s PSA levels (prostate specific antigen) were doubling every 15 months. In prostate cancer patients, PSA is used to monitor their cancer.
All of the subjects drank eight ounces of pomegranate juice on a daily basis. The researchers found that this slowed down the time it took for their PSA levels to double.
The researchers continued to monitor the patients every three months. Fifteen of the patients stayed with the study for a little more than five years, and it typically took four times longer for their PSA levels to double when they were drinking pomegranate juice.
You might be suspicious when you learn that five of the six researchers from the study had ties to POM Wonderful, which makes the pomegranate juice used in the study. But another team conducted research in 2007, and they found that their own pomegranate juice slowed the growth of tumors as well.
April 30th, 2009