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HEALTH BENEFITS OF POMEGRANATE, BROCCOLI, TURMERIC, AND GREEN TEA

Published:Wednesday | September 10, 2014 | 12:00 AM
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POMEGRANATE: Rich in ellagic acid, inhibits prostate cancer-cell proliferation and induces apoptosis in laboratory studies. In breast cancer cell lines, it increases markers of cell adhesion and reduces migration, which are associated with metastasis.

BROCCOLI: Rich in isothiocyanate and sulforaphane, inhibit growth and promote apoptosis of cancer cells. In humans, regular intake down-regulates genes linked to cancer growth, and up-regulates genes linked to cancer suppression, particularly in the 50 per cent of the population who carry a mutated glutathione S-transferase gene.

TURMERIC: Gives turmeric its yellow colour, slows down the growth of prostate cancer cells by blocking the cell cycle, increasing apoptosis, preventing the invasion and migration of cells. It inhibits tyrosine kinase activity of the EGFR, has cox-I mediated anti-inflammatory properties, and inhibits the growth of stem cells that give rise to breast cancer without harming normal breast cells.

GREEN TEA: Rich in epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), has been shown to block ornithine decarboxylase, an enzyme that signals cells to bypass apoptosis. Green tea inhibits breast and prostate cancer cell proliferation, block de-differentiation and angiogenesis.

BROCCOLI: Rich in isothiocyanate and sulforaphane, inhibits growth and promotes apoptosis of cancer cells. In humans, regular intake down-regulates genes linked to cancer growth, and up-regulates genes linked to cancer suppression, particularly in the 50 per cent of the population who carry a mutated glutathione S-transferase gene.

TURMERIC: Gives turmeric its yellow colour, slows down the growth of prostate cancer cells by blocking the cell cycle, increasing apoptosis, preventing the invasion and migration of cells. It inhibits tyrosine kinase activity of the EGFR, has cox-I mediated anti-inflammatory properties, and inhibits the growth of stem cells that give rise to breast cancer without harming normal breast cells.

GREEN TEA: Rich in epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), has been shown to block ornithine decarboxylase, an enzyme that signals cells to bypass apoptosis. Green tea inhibits breast and prostate cancer cell proliferation, block de-differentiation and angiogenesis.

TURMERIC: Gives turmeric its yellow colour, slows down the growth of prostate cancer cells by blocking the cell cycle, increasing apoptosis, preventing the invasion and migration of cells. It inhibits tyrosine kinase activity of the EGFR, has cox-I mediated anti-inflammatory properties and inhibits the growth of stem cells that give rise to breast cancer, without harming normal breast cells.

GREEN TEA: Rich in epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), has been shown to block ornithine decarboxylase, an enzyme that signals cells to bypass apoptosis. Green tea inhibits breast and prostate cancer-cell proliferation, blocks de-differentiation and angiogenesis.