Q. Dear Terry, “I heard that pomegranates are good for the prostate. My husband recently started having some prostate issues and wondered if pomegranate would be good for him? He’s diabetic so he can’t drink the juice.”– Clara K., Clarksville, TN
A. Dear Clara, Pomegranates have been revered by ancient and modern cultures for their health benefits. Pomegranate trees were one of the first to be cultivated, dating back as far as 3,000 BC. The fruit has become popular in recent years because it’s a very strong antioxidant that can support the cardiovascular system, reduce inflammation, protect joint cartilage, and can help people with blood sugar issues.
Eating pomegranates is one way to obtain the numerous health promoting compounds in this fruit. Some people prefer the juice, but it can be very high in sugar and calories. There is an easier, more effective and more convenient way to consume pomegranate – by taking an extract of pomegranate fruit and seed oil. Research shows that the best results come when taking pomegranate fruit and seed oil together. Pomegranates are the only known botanical source of the omega-5 fatty acid, also known as punicic acid.
Pomegranates have been shown to decrease prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels. PSA is a protein made by cells in the prostate that can increase in response to inflammation, infection, benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), and cancer. In a two year study, PSA levels declined by 35% in the men who were taking pomegranate daily.
I would take pomegranate that contains both the fruit extract and seed oil, once or twice daily.
For additional prostate support, your husband could consider curcumin blended with turmeric essential oil, grape seed extract that is tannin-free, silybin from milk thistle, and vitamin D3. He could take these ingredients once or twice per day.
Terry . . . Naturally
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