Pomegranates Fight Cell Inflammation

A new study in Journal of Inflammation claims polyphenols, plant nutrients that reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer, contained in pomegranate extract inhibit the production of inflammatory compounds, potentially preventing chronic inflammation associated with heart disease, Alzheimer's, osteoporosis, diabetes and arthritis. For the study, scientists stimulated cells to prompt an inflammatory response and then incubated the cells with pomegranate. Results showed pomegranate extract decreased pro-inflammatory reaction; Bakery and Snacks investigates.

Pomegranates are the real deal. Dr. Fuhrman calls them potent disease-fighters, especially for prostate cancer. In 2006, a study revealed men drinking pomegranate juice had better PSA scores. And pomegranates have also been found to help prevent atherosclerosis and diabetes.

In related news, the term “antioxidants” is resonating with consumers and increasing their willingness to try products including them. Maybe that’s the why the pomegranate phone is so darn cool.

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john polifronio - April 24, 2009 9:48 PM

I've been taking a pomegranat extract in capsules, for some time, and wonder if such dry extracts can have nearly as much effectiveness as juice freshly made from the whole fruit. I drank fresh pomegranate for as long as I could bear it, until I couldn't stand the sight of a pomegranate. I'd really like to know if the capsules I'm taking have any of the benefits of the whole pomegranate.

memory foam - May 15, 2009 1:18 AM

Thanks for this info. As people live longer Alzheimer's will become more and more common if progress is not made. This research on pomegranates sounds like a potentially major breakthrough. I know I will be starting with it.

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