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Pomegranates Can Prevent Breast Cancer

The United States government declared Type 2 Diabetes and Obesity as national epidemics last year. Two thirds of American adults are obese. Women especially are prone to the harmful effects of obesity as research studies have confirmed that obesity and breast cancer are related to each other. Breast cancer ranks second in killing women in this country from cancer related deaths. Drugs and techniques used to treat this dreadful disease are notorious for their harmful side effects in addition to being effective in addressing the ailment.

Latest research done in this field(dated January 2010), reports that natural components found in the fruit Pomegranate is beneficial in preventing Breast cancer. This article chronicles in brief about the research finding and tries to gain further insight on this topic.

Knowledge Gained From Research:

  • The research study was carried out by Dr. Shiuan Chen, Ph.D., director of the Division of Tumor Cell Biology and co-leader of the Breast Cancer Research Program at City of Hope in Duarte, California and his research team.
  • According to the researchers, this fruit contains natural chemical substances called Ellagitannins. These substances have the potential to stop the growth of breast cancer cells.
  • Hormones are naturally found chemical substances in women’s body. They play an important role in all the major and minor functions. One such important hormone is Estrogen.
  • But in the body of a women suffering from cancer, this hormone can support the growth of harmful cancer causing cells instead.
  • Chemicals like Ellagic acid, found in the fruit, suppress the production of this hormone in the body.
  • It stops the production of the hormone estrogen by arresting an enzyme called Aromatase.
  • Enzymes are naturally found chemical substances too in the body, which assist hormones in carrying their functions properly.
  • When Enzyme Aromatase along with Hormone Estrogen, chiefly responsible for the growth of malignant cancer cells, are curbed, Breast cancer can be prevented.

The researchers are surprised by the discovery. They were aware pf chemicals components present in grapes to possess such cancer preventive potentials. But the fruit pomegranate proved to be further effective. There are couple of roadblocks too. Further research is to be carried out to extend the laboratory experiment on experimental animals and finally on humans.

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