Pomegranates: Ancient Roots to Modern Medicine
Edited by Navindra P. Seeram, Risa N. Schulman and David Heber
While one may not find ancient studies that substantiate the pomegranate's curative and preventive
qualities, the exalted status of this fruit goes back as far as the history of agriculture itself. Allusions to
the pomegranate are readily found in the oldest cultures of the Indus Valley, ancient China, and classical
Greece, as well as in the Old Testament.
Hardback 264 pp ISBN 9780849398124
To modern scientists, the biochemistry of the pomegranate is as equally fascinating as its storied place
in literature and religion. Providing an unprecedented compilation of scientific information, Pomegranates:
Ancient Roots to Modern Medicine offers an exploration of the biochemistry, health effects, and cultivation
of the pomegranate that is as authoritative as it is unparalleled. Featuring the contributions of a multidisciplinary
and international team of prominent researchers, it presents the latest findings on the potential human health benefits
of this exceptionally polyphenol-rich fruit.
As the research indicates, the physiological effects of pomegranate juice constituents are remarkable in their preventive
potential against two of the major chronic diseases of aging - heart disease and cancer.
Many of the pioneering researchers responsible for initiating our newfound fascination with pomegranates
discuss its biochemistry, detailing the location and action of the phytochemicals found in the fruit's flesh, peels
and seeds. They present evidence of the pomegranate's impact on heart disease, including its ability to enhance
nitric oxide production in endothelial cells. They also reveal the significant antiproliferative and proapoptotic effects
attributed to the pomegranate in battling several different types of cancer cells, as well as its ability to retard tumor
growth in animals.
Recognizing that the pomegranate is only as valuable as it is available, the editors include a substantial section
on commercialization and another on plant growth and improvement. These additions make this text as uniquely
essential for botanists and agriculturists as it is for nutritionists, cancer researchers, natural product chemists,
botanical supplement producers and consumers, and pharmacognosists seeking to evaluate both the pomegranate's
legacy and future as a powerful natural healing agent.
- Pomegranate Phytochemicals; Navindra P. Seeram, Yanjun Zhang, Jess D. Reed, Christian G. Krueger,
and Jakob Vaya
- Antioxidative Properties of Pomegranate: In Vitro Studies; Mira Rosenblat and Michael Aviram
- Bioavailability of Pomegranate Polyphenols; Francisco A. Tomás-Barberán, Navindra P. Seeram,
and Juan Carlos Espín
- Cardiovascular I: Protection against Cardiovascular Diseases; Bianca Fuhrman and Michael Aviram
- Cardiovascular II: Protection Against Stroke; Marva I. Sweeney-Nixon
- Cancer I: Anticancer Potential of Pomegranate; Shishir Shishodia, Lynn Adams, Indra D. Bhatt, and
Bharat B. Aggarwal
- Cancer II: Molecular Mechanisms of Chemoprevention of Cancer by Pomegranate; Deeba Syed,
Arshi Malik, Naghma Hadi, Caroline Schmitt, Farrukh Afaq, and Hasan Mukhtar
- Cancer III: Pomegranate and Prostate Cancer Chemoprevention; John T. Leppert and Allan J. Pantuck
- Estrogen Studies I: Estrogenic Compounds and Lack of Estrogenic Effects In Vitro; Diane M. Harris,
Emily Besselink, and Navindra P. Seeram
- Estrogen Studies II: Absence of Significant Estrogenic Effects in the Postmenopausal Population; Michelle P.
Warren, Eliza Ng, Russalind H. Ramos, and Sari Halpert
- Antimicrobial Activities of Pomegranate; G.K. Jayaprakasha, P.S. Negi, and B.S. Jena
- Commercialization of Pomegranates: Fresh Fruit, Beverages, and Botanical Extracts; Navindra P.
Seeram, Yanjun Zhang, and David Heber
Plant Growth and Improvement
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