What are some natural remedies for prostate cancer?
There are a handful of herbs, vitamins and minerals can help support prostate health and they may help to reduce the risk of developing prostate cancer.
The detailed list below tells you the supplements that are available along with the recommended dosages to use.
See the list below and find out what works and what doesn't...
The table below is detailed and complete with dosage information. For just a quick summary only, see the article Information about Prostate Cancer.
|Natural Remedies||What experts say about these natural remedies for prostate cancer|
|Selenium|| (What's this?)
Multiple population studies show a reduced risk of prostate cancer with sufficient intake of selenium.
Dose: Take 200 mcg daily.
Tomatoes (rich in lycopene) is believed by experts to be helpful in preventing low-grade prostate cancer by stopping oxidative-induced damage to DNA.
Studies showed that low blood levels of lycopene makes prostate cancer cells grow more aggressively.
Some researchers also speculate that lycopene also protects against heart disease and prostate cancer through a different mechanism other than oxidative stress protection.
Dose: Take 15 mg twice daily.
In a study involving about 48,000 men, drinking six cups of coffee reduced the risk of developing lethal prostate cancer by 60%.
Dose: Drink at least five cups of coffee daily. It does not matter if you choose decaffeinated coffee. The benefits are still present.
Drinkings six cups of coffee appeared to offer the most protection against developing prostate cancer.
See the article Drinking Coffee for the Prevention of Prostate Cancer for the full discussion on this.
Population studies show that higher blood levels of vitamin D lowered the risk of developing cancer of the prostate gland.
Population studies suggested that low level of sunlight exposure (needed to produce vitamin D) seemed to increase the risk of cancer of the prostate gland.
Dose: Take 1,000 IU daily. Dosage as high as 2,000 IU daily have been used for those with prostate cancer pain.
Studies showed that vitamin C intake (when combined with a healthy diet low in total fats and rich in omega 3 fatty acids) helped to reduce the risk of cancer of the prostate and other forms of cancer.
Experts believed that antioxidants like vitamin C protected against oxidative damage to DNA leading to cancer. Studies also showed that a diet low in vitamin C increases the risk of death from cancer in men but not in women.
Dose: Studies used 125 mg of vitamin C along with selenium, zinc and vitamin E daily. Note: We suggest taking 500 mg daily of vitamin C.
Several studies that showed benefits of eating 2 grams daily. The studies seems to reduce prostate cancer risk by about 50%.
Dose: Take 2 grams of garlic powder daily.
One research study showed that combining this supplement with a conventional anticancer therapy was more effective in treating prostate cancer that did not respond to standard anticancer therapy.
Lab studies showed that the active ingredient curcumin found in turmeric has potent anti-cancer effects. This benefit is seen in several animal studies.
What is the best dose to use? No one is absolutely certain but it appears that a high dose is required to show a benefit.
In the article Thinking of Using Curcumin for Cancer?, we summarized dosages as recommended by experts in the field.
One animal study show giving ginger to mice reduces the size of the prostate cancer tumour by 56%.
The exact dose of ginger to use in humans for prostate cancer is unknown.
See the article Cancer Prevention with Ginger for the discussion.
Initial studies showed that drinking soy milk at least once daily lowered the risk of cancer of the prostate compared to not drinking soy milk.
Experts believed the active chemical genistein (a type of isoflavone) found in soy is responsible for this benefit. Indeed genistein is shown in lab studies to be able to kill cancerous prostate cells.
Dose: Drink two or more glasses of soy milk daily. Note: Soy milk contains 0.4 mg of isoflavones per gram. A typical 250 mL glass of soy milk would contain about 100 mg of isoflavones.
Studies done in mice showed that black cohosh extracts slowed down the growth of prostate cancer cells.
Studies suggested that men with low levels of melatonin seem to have a higher risk of developing prostate cancer.
Studies done in lab settings show that this supplement is able to slow down the growth of prostate cancer cells. But the results are not clear.
Dose: Expert suggest a dose of 1 to 3 mg daily. Take before bedtime as melatonin is known to cause drowsiness. (In fact, it is used by some people to help treat insomnia.)
Zinc is found in high concentrations in the prostate gland and it may be needed for prostate health. Lab studies showed that zinc slowed down the growth of cancerous prostate cells.
Dose: Consider taking 20 to 30 mg daily to maintain prostate health.
This carotenoids possess potent antixoidant properties that was able to cause death in cancerous prostate cells in lab studies.
palmetto doesn't seem to have any beneficial effects on cancer of the prostate
gland but it can be helpful in controlling and reducing inflammation if
you suffer from an enlarged
prostate gland. (An enlarged prostate is an early warning
signs of prostate cancer.)
Suggested Dose: Consider taking 320 mg taken daily or 160 mg taken twice daily. See the article on the Benefits of Saw Palmetto for more information.
suspect vitamin E can enhance lycopene's effect in preventing
prostate cancer. However, there are no clinical trials to show this
benefit at this moment.
Dose: Take 400 to 800 IU daily.
Shark cartilage has been shown in lab studies to stop the growth of blood vessels (a process called angiogenesis).
Cancer cells, which grow rapidly, require a large blood supply for nutrition so they make chemicals to induce new blood vessels growth.
There are several poorly designed trials that were sponsored by a manufacturer of shark cartilage that suggested it helps with cancer of the prostate gland.
Another study followed 60 cancer patients who took 1,000 mg per kg of body weight of shark cartilage for 12 weeks.
The researchers noticed no benefit at all.
Note: Always seek the help of qualified healthcare professional when managing any types of health conditions, especially cancer.
The two best natural remedies for prostate cancer would be selenium and lycopene. Indeed many supplements marketed for helping with prostate cancer would include these two ingredients in their formulation.
See our article Prostate Cancer Information to get answers to the most frequently asked questions concerning this health condition.
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We hope the comprehensive list presented above is helpful.
It represents a starting point in your quest for supplements that could help you.
It is also important to recognize the importance of your diet and physical activity. Why?
Because these two critical activities determine your overall general health and the health of your immune system.
Your immune system is constantly seeking out and destroying cancerous cells before they take root. And you cannot afford to compromise any part of your immune system, especially if you suffer with cancer.