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Pomegranates to Help Fight Breast Cancer

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Pomegranates have received a lot of attention lately because of their anti-oxidant power. Studies have shown that pomegranate can keep LDL cholesterol from oxidizing which reduces the risk of plaque building up in arteries. They also have an anti-platelet effect that keeps blood from clotting inappropriately. Pomegranates also can help lower blood pressure. Now a new study suggests that pomegranates may help fight breast cancer. Scientists at the City of Hope research program have found that compounds plentiful in pomegranates inhibit aromatase. This enzyme is one of the tools our bodies use to build estrogen. Aromatase inhibitors such as Femara or Arimidex have become an important part of the breast cancer armamentarium. While no one is suggesting that pomegranates would replace these life-saving drugs, enjoying more pomegranates might be a tasty way to reduce the risk of breast cancer spreading.

[Cancer Prevention Research, Jan 2010]

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"Studies have shown that pomegranate can keep LDL cholesterol... They also have an anti-platelet effect that keeps blood from clotting inappropriately....also can help lower blood pressure...new study suggests that pomegranates may help fight breast cancer."

How much pure Pomegranate juice is needed -- one ounce daily?

PEOPLE'S PHARMACY RESPONSE: WE DON'T HAVE A DOSE FOR THE BREAST CANCER PREVENTION, BECAUSE THE STUDIES WERE DONE IN CELL CULTURES RATHER THAN HUMAN BEINGS. A FEW OUNCES DAILY MIGHT BE SENSIBLE.

I read somewhere that buying frozen pomegranate juice concentrate is the least expensive way to get pomegranate juice into your system. I remember the author recommended taking 1 tablespoon of pomegranate juice concentrate every day. The only problem is it is hard to find in most grocery stores, but I imagine that stores like Whole Foods and Trader Joe's would be the best place to find them.

I’m concerned that anti oxidants will counteract my treatment. Is there any truth to this? Will pomegranate juice not interfere with the effectiveness of my current protocol? I like the pom juice with lime when at a restaurant - would make me feel a bit more festive than a glass of water!

PEOPLE'S PHARMACY RESPONSE: WHENEVER A PERSON IS UNDERGOING CHEMO TREATMENT FOR CANCER, IT IS CRUCIAL TO CHECK WITH THE TREATMENT TEAM BEFORE TAKING VITAMINS, MINERALS OR HERBS. THE SAME GOES FOR POMEGRANATE. ASK THE TEAM FIRST. IF THEY OK IT, ENJOY!

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