Almost all North American men will develop prostate cancer if they live long enough. Autopsy studies find prostate cancer in 80% of men in their 70’s, according to the International Journal of Cancer.
Today, nearly 2.5-M men in the US are living with a diagnosis of prostate cancer, but thankfully, only a small percentage will die from it.
“Prostate cancer is yet another of the modern diseases caused by inflammation,” Dr. Gabe Mirkin, a leading medical said.
“Changing your lifestyle can reduce your risk.”
A team from Harvard and the University of California San Francisco conducted a review of studies on dietary and lifestyle factors that appear to affect prostate cancer progression.
Below is their recommendation on foods that fight prostate cancer, as follows:
- Fruits and vegetables. Most fruits and vegetables are rich sources of soluble fiber that is associated with a reduced risk of the disease. Yellow and orange vegetables such as carrots, pumpkin and sweet potatoes that contain carotenoids are especially beneficial.
- Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, kale and mustard greens contain isothiocyanates and indoles that combat the more aggressive forms of prostate cancer.
- Beans, mushrooms and seeds have antioxidants that guard against prostate cancer.
- The onion family that includes garlic, leeks, shallots, scallions and chives contain sulfur compounds with anti-cancer properties.
- Berries such as strawberries, blackberries, blueberries and raspberries have special antioxidants that protect your body from free radicals that can cause cancer.
- Tomatoes are a great source of lycopene which has been shown to inhibit prostate cancer growth and spread, according to the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
- Tea is also associated with reduced risk in some studies.
- Coffee has been shown to significantly reduce the risk of even the most aggressive forms of prostate cancer and also slows down the progression of the disease according to the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
- Fish has mixed reviews in several studies. Several researchers found that eating fish regularly reduced the risk of death from prostate cancer while other studies showed no association. On the other hand, some studies showed that men who had high levels of omega 3 fatty acids from eating fish regularly actually were at increased risk of being diagnosed with prostate cancer.
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