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Pomegranate fights breast cancer


Enzyme-blocking chemicals in pomegranate may protect individuals against breast cancers, a new study finds.

Previous studies had reported various health benefits for pomegranate. Rich in antioxidants and vitamins, the fruit can help prevent cancer, heart problems and Alzheimer's disease.

According to the study published in Cancer Prevention Research, a group of phytochemicals known as ellagitannins, found in abundance in pomegranate, can block aromatase, inhibiting the growth of estrogen-responsive breast cancers.

Phytochemicals suppress estrogen production that prevents the proliferation of breast cancer cells and the growth of estrogen-responsive tumors, said lead researcher Shiuan Chen.

Aromatase, an enzyme that converts androgen to estrogen, is the main target in the majority of drugs used to fight estrogen-fueled breast cancers.

We do not recommend people start taking this as a replacement for the aromatase inhibitors, said Chen, stressing that the compounds found in pomegranate are not as potent as the actual drugs.

Source: presstv.ir

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