Prostate Cancer Diet and Foods Good for Prostate Health

Prostate Cancer Diet Recommendations

When it comes to mainintaing good health, including prostate health, diet matters.

Discussed below are many food choices that can have an impact on prostate health and may 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.

As well, there are herbs that may 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...

What prostate cancer diet should I follow to cut the risk down?


Tomatoes

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

Maitake mushrooms have been shown to slow down the growth of cancer of the prostate in lab studies.

Experts suspect that maitake mushroom contains chemicals (beta-glucan) that can boost the immune system.

Cruciferous vegetables

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 discovered yet. More research studies will need to be done to verify these benefits.

There is one study revealed that eating three or more servings of cruciferous vegetables weekly reduced prostate cancer risk by 41% in men.

Avoid Excessive Animal Fats

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.

A high-fat diet (a large part due to saturated fats) seems 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 Products

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 many different health benefits. And for this reason, it is worth taking regardless of if you have cancer or not.

Avoid Taking Calcium Supplements

What does the studies show? Some, but not all, studies show that taking calcium (from food or pills) increases the risk of developing prostate cancer.

Experts aren't sure why this would be the case but they have suggested that perhaps, high calcium intake reduces the availability of vitamin D.

Vitamin D is required for the body to absorb calcium from the intestine.

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.

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. Low levels of vitamin D has been linked to increased risk of all types of cancer.

Soy-based Products

Soy products such as tofu, miso, soybeans, soy milk and soy protein powder seem 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.

Bottom Line

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 vegetable, 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!