This sweet sip makes cancer go up in smoke
If you’ve been reading my eTips for a while, you know that I’ve made it my mission to discover healing ingredients from all over the world — and to share what I find with you.
And though I frequently travel to new lands, sometimes what I find is more about the natural healing wonders we already know about.
For instance, take the pomegranate — an ancient, seed-filled fruit from the Middle East, where it’s long been a symbol of abundance, fertility, and long life.
In recent years, research has found that the fruit can improve your heart health, blood pressure, and cholesterol… protect your brain from Alzheimer’s… and slow down the aging process inside your muscles.
And now, a new study shows that pomegranates can even breathe new life into your lungs — by guarding against lung cancer!
If you’re a smoker… or even if you’ve ever smoked cigarettes but have since quit… you’ll want to keep reading.
In the study out of Lebanon — which is prime pomegranate-growing territory — mice were exposed to cigarette smoke five days a week for five months. Some of them were given pomegranate juice, while others weren’t.
Four months later, the pomegranate group of mice had less lung damage than mice who hadn’t gotten the juice.
More specifically, the pomegranate-drinkers had fewer “nodules,” which are the clumps of irregular cells that form when cigarette smoke inflames your delicate lung tissue, in their lungs.
That’s good news — because over time, those nodules can transform into cancerous tumors.
That means that the mice who drank pomegranate juice also slashed their risk of lung cancer!
The theory is that plant compounds called polyphenols guard against the oxidative stress and DNA damage that smoking wallops your lungs with.
And this isn’t the first time we’ve heard about pomegranates’ anti-cancer potential: Previous studies have shown that the juice can stop cancer from spreading to other parts of your body.
Right now, we’re at the tail end of pomegranate season in North America (it runs from about September until February), but you can find pomegranate juice in most grocery stores year-round. Just make sure it’s 100 percent juice and not loaded with sugars or fillers.
You can also buy whole pomegranates and crack them open to harvest the seeds… or just buy the seeds on their own in the organic aisle of your local grocer or farmer’s market.
Sprinkle some of those little “jewels” onto a salad or into Greek yogurt for a pop of color and a juicy burst of natural sweetness.
And given that fresh pomegranates are still “exotic” in some parts of the country, an alternative is pomegranate supplements in capsule form, which you should be able to find at your local health food store or online.