Pomegranate, the sweet seeded fruit of ancient myth, is a rich source of antioxidants, and scientists are discovering other possible health benefits.
Recently, City of Hope researchers identified six chemicals in the pomegranate that suppress aromatase — a substance in the body that helps produce estrogen. About 70 percent of breast cancers need estrogen to grow, so pomegranate is a prime candidate as a breast-cancer-blocking super food. Other scientists have detected two substances in the fruit with potential to fight both colon cancer and diabetes.
Further studies at City of Hope will seek to better understand how the pomegranate can promote prevention of cancer.