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I’ve heard pomegranate juice is good for PSA levels.

Q. Dear Terry, “I’ve heard pomegranate juice is good for PSA levels. My prostate is enlarged, and my PSA levels are elevated, so I’m looking for something natural that can help. What are your thoughts on pomegranate juice?” — Colin D., Yuma, AZ

A. Dear Colin, In a two-year clinical study, men with increased prostate-specific antigen (PSA) consumed 8 ounces of pomegranate juice daily while researchers monitored the rise or fall of PSA levels. By the end of the main phase of the study, PSA levels declined in 35 percent of the patients. While pomegranate juice has shown incredible health benefits, it is very high in calories and sugar. And, if you’re only drinking the juice, you’re missing out on some of the most important compounds in the plant: omega-5 fatty acid (also called punicic acid), which is found in the seed oil. Punicic acid from pomegranate hasn’t received as much attention as pomegranate fruit or juice, but current research finds that omega-5 from pomegranate inhibits PSA and stops the growth of blood vessels that feed tumors.

I think you would also benefit greatly by adding a strong, absorbable curcumin to your daily regimen. What I find most fascinating about curcumin is that it can stop the multitude of conditions that lead to prostate cancer: inflammation, oxidation, DNA damage, and the cell-signaling that makes tumors form and spread. Of course not all curcumin’s are created equal, and the type of curcumin you use makes a difference. I recommend a clinically studied curcumin that is blended with turmeric essential oil for better absorption, plus enhanced benefits from the turmerones in the extract.

Lastly, I also think that grape seed extract, milk thistle, and vitamin D3 would help with prostate health. Grape seed extract has been shown to kill prostate cancer cells by halting the inflammatory pathways that set them up to be cancerous. I recommend a French grape seed extract that is tannin-free and provides only low-molecular weight oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPCs). Many people are familiar with milk thistle for liver health; one of the key compounds – silybin – actually has amazing abilities as a potential preventative and treatment for prostate cancer. Vitamin D3 is crucial for optimal health, especially for the prostate.

So I recommend curcumin blended with turmeric oil, pomegranate seed oil rich in omega-5 fatty acids, low-molecular weight grape seed extract for better absorption, silybin from milk thistle, and vitamin D3. I would take a combination of curcumin, pomegranate, grape seed extract, and silybin, and 1500 IU of vitamin D3 once or twice per day.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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