Watermelon aids cancer prevention, while pomegranate extract helps reduce inflammation

Water Melon
This summer relish that cool slice of watermelon without hesitation, as the fruit contains a wealth of vitamins, say nutrition experts.

Research conducted at the UR Southwestern Medical Center has revealed that a two-cup serving of diced watermelon contains loads of vitamin A and vitamin C, with only 80 calories and absolutely no fat. The fruit has proven to be a winner in the health category.

According to scientists, Lycopene, an excellent antioxidant present in the fruit, prevents cancer by trapping cancer promoting agents (free-oxygen radicals), apart from warding off cardiovascular diseases.

A study conducted by Harward University reveals that consumption of red fruits such as water melon and tomatoes leaves one with a much lesser risk of developing certain cancers, particularly prostate cancer.

Watermelon is a great fruit that can help you remain well-hydrated during summer. Also, as it contains a lot of water content, pureed watermelon would be the most refreshing drink, says Lona Sandon, Assistant Professor, Clinical Nutrition at UT Southwestern, who is also a spokesperson for American Diebetic Association.


>pomegranate-extracts.jpgIn yet another research conducted by researchers of Case Western Reserve University, Department of Medicine, Cleveland Ohio, it has been suggested that oral consumption of pomegranate extract is likely to reduce inflammation.
The study, led by Tariq Haqqi, was conducted on rabbits fed with pomegranate extract. The rabbits were fed with 175ml of pomegranate juice. The antioxidant levels in the blood samples of the rabbits were then measured and compared to the blood samples collected before ingestion of the juice.

The plasma collected from rabbits showed considerably higher levels of antioxidants than those collected before consuming the extract. Also, it was found that the inflammation causing protein activities dropped considerably and an increase in production of pro-inflammatory compounds by cells were also noted. . Hence, researchers are of the opinion that pomegranate extract may offer humans considerable relief from chronic inflammatory conditions.

Alternative medicine already makes use of Pomegranate extract as a remedy in cases of inflammatory conditions such as arthritis. However, although the fruit extract has exhibited anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, it is still uncertain whether the ingestion of the extract, can produce the same anti-inflammatory effect in living systems.

“The current treatment with anti-inflammatory drugs can lead to serious negative effects when used on long-term basis. However, further research is required on the absorption of orally ingested substances into the blood,” Haqqi concluded.