Can You Fight Breast Cancer with Pomegranates?

A team of researchers in California just published a study suggesting that pomegranates may help prevent breast cancer.

But before we rush to the grocery store or buy stock in POM, let’s take a closer look.

Pomegranates are rich with ellagitannins, a group of chemical compounds that the study discovered can block an enzyme called aromatase. This enzyme helps produce estrogen, which feeds breast cancer cell growth and tumors. In fact, anti-breast cancer medications called “aromatase inhibitors” (like Arimidex, Aromasin, and Femara) work in the same way as ellagitannins–by stopping the production of estrogen.

But keep in mind that the study was done in a lab and the researchers used large amounts of ellagitannins. Experts warn that ellagitannins in food are difficult for the body to absorb; we don’t know if the eating pomegranates will provide enough to be effective.

So can you fight breast cancer with delicious juicy fruit? We’re still not sure. But this is not a news story that you should ignore. Any insight that researchers gain into the behavior of cancer cells is good news.

What we do know for sure is that eating a healthy, balanced diet can help reduce your risk of cancer. Eat moderate-sized portions, less read meat, and more fruits and veggies. Opt for whole grains and avoid alcohol. And just for good measure, here are some of our favorite pomegranate recipes.

A Review by Editor:

Of course a good POM can prevent cancer! Along with the apple I am currently eating, some spinach, a few grapes, and any other beautiful fruit & veggie you can find. Dozens of studies have shown that fruit and veggie consumption is the absolute best prevention for cancer. When POM season comes back, we will definitely eat a few a week.