Trendy Pomegranates Have a Downside, Too

The trendy fruit has some drawbacks
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 22, 2008 8:21 PM CDT
POM Wonderful, makers of POM Tea, funded one study to show that pomegranates do not decrease the effectiveness of prescription drugs.   (PRNewsFoto)
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(Newser) – Those five bottles of pomegranate juice you drink per day to help you live longer? Turns out they could be hurting you, reports the Chicago Tribune. Pomegranates, which have reached “superstar status” because of their alleged health benefits, can interfere with a number of drugs, including Crestor and Lipitor. "I do not recommend this product at this time," said one pharmacy professor.

Advocates of the “it” fruit cite studies showing the juice can decrease cholesterol and slow cancer. One large pom-juice maker spent millions on research, including a study seeming to disprove claims of the fruit’s danger. Doctors warn, however, that more study is needed. For now, you should keep your intake low: health benefits can be attained from one 8-ounce glass daily. (Read more healthy eating stories.)