Pomi-T was designed by a team of health experts after an extensive review of the international laboratory and clinical literature. It combines foods from four different categories (fruit, vegetable, spice and leaf) in order to provide a range of polyphenols, and natural phytochemical each with their unique properties, providing a synergistic effect whilst at the same time avoiding over-consumption of one particular type.
Pomi-T is not a medicinal product, but is was tested in the most robust of scientific trials‚ a double blind, RCT. The trial was peer reviewed by the National Research Institute, governed by the UK National Research Network. The study was funded by the charity Prostate Action, the research team of institution received no commercial sponsorship.
Pomi-T is Swiss/Italian made under strict quality assurance guidelines and fully compliant with the principles of Good Manufacturing Practice.
Recommended Intake – 2 to 3 capsules per day with food or drink.
Do not exceed recommended daily dose. Avoid if pregnant. Food supplements must be used within the framework of a healthy lifestyle and must not be used as a substitute of a varied and balanced diet. Keep out if reach and sight of children.
Storage – Store in a cool dry place. Does not require refrigeration.
Q: Why was Pomi-T developed?
A: It was design by a panel of doctors, scientists and nutritionist lead by an oncologist from Cambridge University UK specifically for a national randomised control trial. As well as their own research the panel looked how the polyphenols within these ingredients could work together to have a synergistic benefits.
Q: What are polyphenols
A: Polyphenols are a naturally occurring source of antioxidants that can be found in many of the plant-based foods we eat. A few examples include: isothiocyonates in cabbage and broccoli, epigallocatechin in green tea, capsaicin in chili peppers, resveratrol in red wine, curcumin in turmeric and many more. Polyphenols and polyphenol supplements are the subject of increasing scientific and clinical interest because of the numerous health benefits associated with their consumption.
Q: What are the health benefits of polyphenol rich diets?
A: Diets rich in polyphenols, the natural plant-based phytochemicals found in healthy foods, have been linked with lower risks of chronic illnesses such as dementia, high cholesterol, arthritis, heart disease, skin ageing and macular degeneration. Well-conducted population studies have also linked their regular intake with lower risks of many cancers including breast, pancreatic, oesophageal, ovarian, prostate, and skin cancer. The anti-cancer effects of polyphenols, however, do not stop after a diagnosis of cancer. Breast cancer survivors eating polyphenol-rich fruit, vegetables, soy and green tea were found to have lower relapse rates. Individuals with skin cancer, who had a high intake of leafy green vegetables and broccoli, had lower rates of new cancer formation. A healthy lifestyle including a polyphenol rich diet has been linked to a slower rate of PSA progression among men with indolent prostate cancer. A page is available on this website providing more details and scientific references for the benefits of polyphenols and phytochemicals.
Q: What is the recommended intake?
A: Pomi-T is not a drug so there is no specific dosage and it is designed to be taken as part of a healthy balanced diet. Daily dosage depends on the food intake for that day. For example, a day with a good diet including plenty of dark green vegetables, berries, fruit and teas would only require one tablet, whereas, on an average day then 2-3 would be better. Men within the Pomi-T trial took 2 tablets a day.
Q: What is the age limit for Pomi-T?
A: Pomi-T can be taken at the age of 16 and above.
Q: How can you increase the absorption and bioavailablity of the ingredients of Pomi-T?
A: The absorption of curcumin is increased by taking it with oily foods such as a good quality fish oil. The bioavailability of all four ingredients but particularly curcumin is increased by pepper so be very generous with pepper during meal times and take Pomi-T with or around meal times.
Although we do not heat the broccoli to very high temperatures during development, there are reported that one of the polyphenols, myrosinase, is sensitive to heat. This does not apply to the main polyphenol sulforaphane and this is one of the main healthy ingredients. Myrosinase is known to activate sulforaphane so it would be a good idea to eat some raw cruciferous veg with pomi-t and meals in general (e.g radishes).
Q: How could Pomi-T have an anti-cancer effect?
A: Polyphenol rich food extracts have demonstrated anti-cancer effects in laboratory studies, particularly the four within Pomi-T and these have been summarised on a specific page within this website. In the laboratory, extracts of each ingredient demonstrated benefits when added to cancer cells grown in a petri dish including suppressing growth and markers of invasion and metastasis. The ingredients have been specifically selected not to have any hormonal (phytoestrogenic) effects but they do have some reported antioxidant properties. Benefits in humans of polyphenol supplements have been limited to small non-randomised studies except the Pomi-T study which showed a significant benefit of this specific polyphenol blend.
Q: Why were these four ingredients combined by the trial design committee?
A: The hypothesis of the specific food blend within Pomi-T is that combining foods from different categories (fruit, vegetable, spice and leaf) provides a broad range of polyphenols, each with their unique properties, whilst at the same time avoiding over-consumption of one particular type which could lead to excess if taken in the long term.
Q: Storage. Do I have to keep Pomi-T in the refrigerator?
A: Pomi-T should be stored in a cool dry place away from light. Storage in the refrigerator is acceptable.
Q: Are there any concerns with taking Pomi-T while I am on prescription medications?
A: The doses of ingredients in Pomi-T are unlikely to cause any practical issues with taking Pomi-T while on prescription medications. However as a precaution, if you are on warfarin, please let your doctor know before taking Pomi-T. It is advised to monitor INR levels within the first 2 weeks of starting Pomi-T. Study participants who were on warfarin in the Pomi-T study did not experience problems from drug interactions.
Q: How long will it take for me to feel the effects of the supplements?
A: Just as the effects of a healthy diet are long term and are seen over a lifetime, it is difficult to say when you would feel an observable effect from supplements. However, we do know that it is always important to maintain a balanced diet for good health.
Q:Is it safe to eat flaxseeds?
A: The study isoflanone study mentioned above particularly emphasised the foods of concern did not include lignans, even if they had phytoestrogenic properties – so the lovers of flaxseeds can be reassured, they are are very healthy