Prostate Cancer Diet Recommendations
When it comes to mainintaing good health, including prostate health, diet matters.
Discussed below are many food choices that may have an impact on prostate health and this could cut the risk of developing prostate cancer.
As well, there are several good natural remedies that may be helpful in cutting the risk of prostate cancer.
There are herbs, suggested by experts, that are designed to boost the immune system to help the body better defend against cancer.
But let's start with using food as a natural solution in the battle against prostate cancer...
Eat at least two to three servings of tomatoes per week. Tomato paste also contains lycopene that are easily absorbed by our body.
Published papers showed a reduced risk in cancer of the prostate gland with higher blood levels of lycopene in 57 out of the 72 studies reviewed.
Maitake mushrooms have been shown to slow down the growth of cancer in the prostate glands. Of course, this result is shown in lab studies and not in actual patients.
Experts suspect that maitake mushroom contains chemicals called beta-glucans that can boost the immune system.
This group of vegetables includes brussels sprouts, broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower. Studies done in lab settings show that they have anti-cancer benefits and experts believe it might be due to their high lutein contents.
Many other phytochemicals (chemicals found in plants) may also have anticancer benefits that are still undiscovered. More research studies will need to be done to verify these benefits and indeed scientists are continuing their research with these vegetables.
For example, there is one published study that revealed that eating three or more servings of cruciferous vegetables weekly reduced prostate cancer risk by 41% in men.
Experts believe that animal fats found in red meat, dairy products and eggs may promote a more rapid growth of the cancer cells in the prostate gland.
A high-fat diet (a large part due to saturated fats) seemed to be linked to higher blood levels of testosterone, a hormone known to stimulate the prostate gland.
You may ask then, where am I going to get my protein from? Good question. Consider lean meat or chicken, beans, tofu and fish.
Fish such as tuna, salmon and mackerel are rich sources omega-3 fatty acids.
It is shown that "good" fats such as omega-3 fatty acids don't cause the cancer to grow as fast. You may consider taking fish oil instead of eating fish.
Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to have significant and many different health benefits. And for this reason, it is worth taking regardless of if you have cancer or not.
There is some evidence that it may play a role in regulating the immune system as well.
What does the studies show? Some but not all studies showed that taking calcium (from food or pills) increased the risk of developing prostate cancer.
But don't jump to the conclusion that you shouldn't take calcium.
Experts aren't sure why this would be the case but they have suggested that, perhaps, high calcium intake might reduce the availability of vitamin D.
Vitamin D is required for the body to absorb calcium from the intestine and perhaps it may be "used up".
Some experts speculate that taking more vitamin D should help to counteract this problem of taking calcium, but this particular study did not look into this so we don't know at this stage.
Don't make any drastic changes to your calcium intake as your body and bones need calcium to function properly. High-quality studies will be needed before this fact can be verified.
But if you do take calcium, always include at least 1,000 IU daily.
Did you know that vitamin D regulates how the immune system works?
Low levels of vitamin D has been linked to an increased risk of all types of cancer so taking a supplement is an excellent idea.
Soy products such as tofu, miso, soybeans, soy milk and soy protein powder seemed to help with cancer of the prostate gland that are not testosterone sensitive.
How would you even know if your prostate cancer is testosterone sensitive? Ask your doctor. The biopsy will be able to tell you this.
Does diet really matter when it comes to reducing the risk of developing prostate cancer?
Probably does. You are what you eat. Mom was right when she said to eat more fruits and vegetables.
In the case of reducing the risk of developing prostate cancer, increased intake of vegetables, such as tomatoes, really helps.
Focus on increasing your dietary intake of vegetables and cut back on meat. Look at fish for your protein source rather than animal meat.
Eating foods good for prostate health can go a long way to reducing cancer risks.
For some general information about cancer of the prostate gland, the article Introduction to Prostate Cancer will give you answers to your commonly asked questions.
And if you are after natural remedies and supplements that could help battle prostate cancer, then our article Natural Supplements for Prostate Cancer would be of great interest to you!
April 4, 2013