Prostate cancer is a common cancer among men (and now 2nd most frequently diagnosed cancer), with more than 3 millions cases in the U.S. per year. It is not deadly (with 5-year survival rate at almost 100%), and symptoms are not apparent in the early stages of the disease. Whatever stage of prostate cancer you are in, or you just simply want to take preventative initiatives, below are some of the highest rated foods/vitamins for reducing the risk of developing prostate cancer or for treating prostate cancer:
In Asia, the low prostate cancer mortality rates are associated with people’s high consumption of green tea. The polyphenols in green tea inhibit the growth of prostate cancer cells and even lead to cell deaths, as demonstrated in both laboratory and human studies.
It’s easy to incorporate green tea in your daily routines as they also have caffeine (though it does not have as much caffeine as black tea which has less caffeine than coffee). Just make sure not to put milk in it as milk has been associated with higher risks of advanced prostate cancer.
Pomegranate juice and extract which contain contain minerals and bioactive polyphenolic compounds can inhibit the proliferation of various prostate cancer cell lines and induce apoptotic cell death in a dose-dependent manner.
While pomegranate juice is probably easier to drink, it may also contain a high level of sugar. Pomegranate extracts standardized for punicalagins (a bioactive ingredient) are readily available. Suggested dosage for prevention of prostate cancer is 80 to 120 mg daily.
If you are looking to reduce your intake of dairy products but still want to maintain a healthy daily level of calcium intake, try Fucoidan. Fucoidan is extracted from brown seaweed which is packed with even more calcium than broccoli, and is also known to fight prostate cancer on several fronts. Fucoidan induces cancer cells that are damaged to undergo Apoptosis which is a cancer cell destruction process. Also, fucoidan aids in the production of body immune cells to kill the cancer cells. This natural substance helps prevent cancer from creating new blood vessels and inhibits the cancer from spreading to other organs (metatasis).
Not all veggies are created equal. Cruciferous vegetables, which include cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower, are cancer protective. Cruciferous vegetables also harbor indole-3-carbinol (I3C), a phytochemical that protects DNA from damage, promotes apoptosis, and prevents growth of cancer cells.