Prostate Cancer – A Possible Diet For Prevention and Decreasing Risk of Recurrence

Many times I am asked if there is a way to prevent prostate cancer or if there is a diet for prostate cancer patients. Although there is no scientific basis for a cancer prevention diet, there does appear to be a relationship between certain diets and prostate cancer. Years ago it was observed that the Japanese men had less prostate cancer than American men. The Japanese who migrated to Hawaii and started consuming more meat and processed foods had more prostate cancer than their counterparts in Japan and the Japanese who moved to the United States soon developed prostate cancer at the same rate as American men. This suggested a relationship between diet and prostate cancer.

So what should men do who have prostate cancer or are at risk for prostate cancer? First, get involved in a daily exercise program. Even walking for 20-30 minutes a day is helpful. Next, decrease the number of calories you consume. Excess calories, especially an excess of carbohydrates, are bad for cancer growth.

There is a relationship between Vitamin D and prostate cancer. Therefore it is important to get sunshine daily. The sun converts dehydrocholesterol to the active hormone, vitamin D3 or cholecalciferol that is vital for metabolism and for fighting cancer.

It is also noteworthy that a diet that is good for the heart is also good for the prostate gland. Therefore, a diet, which is low in red meat and avoiding foods that are high in cholesterol, will be health for your heart and your prostate gland.

The two diets known to be associated with longevity and reduced risks for prostate cancer are the traditional Japanese diet and a Southern Mediterranean diet. The Japanese diet is high in green tea, soy, vegetables, and fish, as well as low in calories and fat. The Mediterranean diet is high is fresh fruits and vegetables, garlic, tomatoes, red wine, olive oil, and fish. Both are low in red meat.
Reduce animal fat in your diet. Studies show that excess fat, primarily red meat and high-fat dairy, stimulates prostate cancer to grow. Avoid trans fatty acids, which are known to promote cancer growth. These are high in margarines, and fried and baked foods.

Increase your fresh fish intake, which is high in the very beneficial alpha omega-3 fatty acids. Ideally eat cold-water fish such as salmon, sardines, mackerel, and trout, at least two to three times a week. The fish should be poached, baked, or grilled. It is recommended to avoid the usual food preparation so common in the fare of New Orleans cosine, which is blackened or charred. Avoid fried fish.
It is very important to significantly increase your fresh fruit, herb, and vegetable consumption daily. Powerful anticancer nutrients or anti-oxidants are being discovered regularly in colorful fruits and vegetables, fresh herbs, leafy green vegetables, nuts, berries, and seeds.

In addition to red meat, avoid high-calcium diets, which have been shown to stimulate prostate cancer growth. Avoid high-dose zinc supplements and avoid excess preserved, pickled, or salted foods. Avoid flax seed oil. Flaxseed can stimulate prostate cancer to grow.

It is suggested to take a multivitamin with B complex, 2-5 micorgrams daily, and folic acid, 250-1000 micrograms\day.
Increase your natural vitamin C consumption — this includes citrus, berries, spinach, cantaloupe, sweet peppers, and mango. Drink green tea several times each week. Eat red grapes; drink red grape juice, or red wine regularly. Eat leafy dark-green vegetables frequently. Cruciferous vegetables are cancer protective. These include cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower. Tomatoes and especially tomato products are very high in lycopene, a powerful anticancer substance. This includes pizza sauce, tomato paste, and ketchup. For reasons not possibly understood, the lycopenes are highest in cooked tomatoes and not in the raw tomato.
Use olive oil, which is very healthy and rich in vitamin E and antioxidants. Avocado oil is also good. Avoid oils high in polyunsaturated fats such as corn, canola, or soybean. Take vitamin E, 50 to 100 IU of gamma and d-alpha, only with the approval of your doctor. Some recent studies have raised concerns over serious risks with vitamin E intake. Natural sources include nuts, seeds, olive oil, avocado oil, wheat germ, peas, and nonfat milk.

Selenium is a very powerful antioxidant and the backbone molecule of your body’s immune system. Most studies support a daily selenium supplement of 200 micrograms a day. The benefits appear to be only for those who have low selenium levels, which is difficult and expensive to measure. Since it only costs about 7 cents a day and is not toxic at these levels, it is reasonable for all men to take selenium. Natural sources include Brazil nuts, fresh fish, grains, mushrooms, wheat germ, bran, whole-wheat bread, oats, and brown rice.

Bottom Line: Although there is no scientific evidence that diet can protect or prevent prostate cancer, there is a diet with supplements that may be beneficial. As my wonderful Jewish mother would say, “It may not help, but it voidn’t hoit!”

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One Response to “Prostate Cancer – A Possible Diet For Prevention and Decreasing Risk of Recurrence”

  1. Bettyann Goldsby Says:

    A new Finnish study suggests that high blood levels of lycopene, unlike those of other antioxidants, may be associated with a significantly reduced risk of stroke. Vegetables, especially tomatoes, are a significant source of lycopene.`

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