Pomegranates, packed with antioxidants, vitamin C, fiber and beneficial tannins, are currently of great interest to researchers for their effects on cardiovascular health. But this tasty fruit, scientifically known as Punica granatum, is no “one-trick pony” – it turns out that pomegranate may also have stunning chemoprotective effects.
In a recent study, researchers were galvanized by the discovery that pomegranate juice had dramatic effects in slowing the development of prostate cancer – and their enthusiasm is justified. After all, what cancer therapy could be simpler, cheaper and less toxic than consuming a cup of luscious juice – one that features no adverse effects and is nutritious to boot? But the good news about pomegranate’s power just keeps on coming: along with inhibiting prostate cancer, pomegranate is showing potential to treat and prevent breast and colon cancer as well.