The Power of the Pomegranate

A glass of pomegranate juice a day may keep prostate cancer at bay.

The first clinical trial of pomegranate juice in patients with recurrent prostate cancer was recently conducted at the University of California, Los Angeles. The researchers found that polyphenols in pomegranate helped reduce levels of prostate-specific antigen (PSA), inhibit growth, and cause apoptosis – or programmed cell death – of prostate cancer cells in vivo (in the body).

The patients in the study enjoyed eight ounces of pomegranate juice daily, which contained 570 mg of polyphenols. To get the benefits, mix up your own pomegranate spritzer with one cup of sparkling mineral water, two ounces of pomegranate juice, and a lemon wedge.

[Ed. Note: Kelley Herring is the founder and CEO of Healing Gourmet ( ), a multimedia company that educates the public on how foods promote health and protect against disease, and is editor-in-chief of the Healing Gourmet book series, including Eat to Fight Cancer. You can learn more about how simple lifestyle choices can improve your health by reading ETR’s free natural health e-letter.

Correction: In the 10/16 issue of Early to Rise, we mistakenly said that polyphenols cause apoptosis of prostate cancer cells in vitro. Instead, polyphenols cause apoptosis of prostate cancer cells in vivo.]