Friday, August 10, 2007

Botanical nutrients or a household pet -- has Omega 5 oil found its match?

It has long been thought that Omega 5 oil contained in pomegranate seeds can help heal osteoporosis. See:

HAIFA, ISRAEL and NEW YORK, N.Y., August 21, 2001 – On the heels of the discovery by Israeli researchers that pomegranate juice has antioxidant properties, another Israeli team has found that the fruit could have important implications for breast cancer treatment and estrogen replacement therapy.

The Technion-Israel Institute of Technology research team presented two studies at an international conference in June indicating that pomegranate seed oil triggers apoptosis -- a self-destruct mechanism in breast cancer cells. Furthermore, pomegranate juice can be toxic to most estrogen-dependent breast cancer cells, while leaving normal breast cells largely unaffected. Estrogen is a hormone often prescribed to protect postmenopausal women against heart disease and osteoporosis.

In the first study, laboratory-grown breast cancer cells were treated for three days with pomegranate seed oil. The researchers observed apoptosis in 37 to 56 percent of the cancer cells, depending upon the dose of oil applied.

In the second study, both normal and cancerous breast cells were exposed to fermented pomegranate juice (pomegranate wine) and pomegranate peel extracts, which contain polyphenols (powerful antioxidants). The vast majority of the normal cells remained unaffected by the two pomegranate derivatives. But more than 75 percent of the estrogen-dependent cancer cells, and approximately half of the non-estrogen dependent cancer cells were destroyed by exposure to these same pomegranate products.

"Pomegranates are unique in that the hormonal combinations inherent in the fruit seem to be helpful both for the prevention and treatment of breast cancer," explains Dr. Ephraim Lansky, who headed the studies. "Pomegranates seem to replace needed estrogen often prescribed to protect postmenopausal women against heart disease and osteoporosis, while selectively destroying estrogen-dependent cancer cells."

Dr. Martin Goldman, a New York-based board certified internist and life medicine specialist, notes, "This is apparently a safe substance that could be helpful to many people, especially women at high-risk for developing breast cancer."

Dr. Lajos Pusztai, an assistant professor who studies breast cancer at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, says Dr. Lansky's study "provides a potential new avenue to develop anti-cancer drugs from a natural compound."

Technion researchers have tested other health benefits of the pomegranate. In 1999, they were among the first to publish research showing the antioxidant potency of pomegranates. A later Technion study found that the daily consumption of pomegranate juice dramatically lowered oxidation of LDL cholesterol, leading to the elimination of plaques in coronary arteries. Based on these studies, Rimonest Ltd., a biotechnology firm affiliated with the Technion's Entrepeneurial Incubator Company (TEIC), has launched a new product intended as a cardiovascular protective compound.

But see this report:

A team at the Fauna Communications Research Institute in North Carolina has discovered that cats purring is a 'natural healing mechanism.'

Wounded cats will purr because it helps to heal and strengthen bones and organs. Exposure to similar sound frequencies is known to improve bone density in humans, heal bone fractures and control pain. Purring is believed to have a similar effect to ultra-sound treatment on humans.

Only two years ago scientists discovered that vibrations between 20-140 Hz (at low db) are anabolic for bone growth and will also help to heal fractures, mend torn muscles and ligaments, reduce swelling, and relieve pain. Fauna have found that a cat's purr not only matches this vibration, but its dominant frequencies are 25 and 50 Hz - the optimum frequencies for bone growth and fracture healing. All cats, including larger ones such as pumas, ocelots and lions, have further sets of strong harmonics at the exact hertz (number of cycles per second) that generate muscle strength, increase joint mobility and provide therapeutic pain relief.

The healing implications for sick humans are exciting, and the fact that many of the new 'sound healing' therapies incorporate toning and overtoning is an interesting footnote. Scientists are now researching whether sound and vibration therapy could halt osteoporosis, or renew bone growth in post-menopausal women and the elderly. "We're bound to learn fantastic things if we are able to genuinely communicate with another intelligent species," says the Institute. "We also hope to provide the world with a whole new generation of non-invasive, simple and affordable healing methods."

Ultimately, through its work with language structure, the Research Institute hopes to create 'common languages' between humans and animals. This would offer a unique learning opportunity and, the team hopes, foster greater respect for the animal kingdom. "Humans tend to equate communication with intelligence - perhaps the public would do more to protect these creatures if they consider them knowing."

Fauna Communications is a non-profit research institute and can be contacted at Fauna Communications Institute, PO box 1126, Hillsborough, NC 27278, USA.

Enjoy the harmony and healing effect of a cat purring:

Pomegranate seed oil can be purchased at Wholefoods.

1 comment:

Lucy Adams said...

Frankly, between the two I like my cat better but I am willing to try the cream and soap.

I have checked, our stores in Charottesville do not carry POMEGA5, it is too bad, I shall order from

See whether Omega 5 can help Osteo.