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Pomegranate Juice May Inhibit the Spread of Cancer T

he exotic red fruit known as pomegranate is making headlines again. Researchers at the University of California, Riverside, have identified components in pomegranate juice that inhibit the movement of cancer cells and the metastasis of prostate cancer to the bone. The researchers attribute this effect to four key ingredients in the pomegranate: phenylpropanoids, hydrobenzoic acids, flavones and conjugated [types of polyunsatu-

rated] fatty acids. “Having identified them, we can now modify cancer-inhibiting components in pomegranate juice to improve their functions and make them more effective in preventing prostate cancer metastasis, leading to more effective drug therapies,” says Manuela Martins-Green, a professor of cell biology at the university. She adds: “Because the genes and proteins involved in the movement of pros- tate cancer cells are essentially the same as those involved in the movement of other types of cancer cells, the same modified components of the juice could have a much broader impact in cancer treatment.”

White Tea Tops Herbal Charts I

n a recent test to evaluate the health properties of extracts from 21 plant species, white tea considerably out- performed them all. “We were testing very small amounts, far less than you would find in a drink,” says Professor Declan Naughton of Kingston Univer- sity, in London, one of the UK’s leading specialists on inflammation. “The early indicators are that white tea reduces the risk of inflammation that is character- istic of rheumatoid arthritis and some cancers, as well as wrinkles.” Evidently, the properties of white tea go beyond high levels of antioxidants to also block the activities of enzymes that break down elastin and collagen. Naugh- ton explains that elastin supports the body’s natural elasticity, which helps lungs, arteries, ligaments and skin to function. It also helps body tissues repair wounds and stops skin from sagging. Collagen, a protein found in connective tissues, is also key to skin strength and resilience.

Eight of the other plants and herbs analyzed also help protect against the breakdown of both elastin and collagen associated with age-related wrinkling. After white tea, bladderwrack performed well, followed by extracts of cleav- ers (Galium aparine, also called goosegrass) rose, green tea, angelica, anise and pomegranate.

Source: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine natural awakenings November 2013 11 GROW

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