Prostate Health – Prevention Is Powerful.

Lifestyle choices, such as diet, exercise and mindfulness can really impact your life. These are the typical foods that you should consume daily for the best prevention.

1. Eat Fruits and Vegetables

Fruits and vegetables contain large amounts of cancer-fighting and inflammation-reducing substances like vitamins, polyphenols, antioxidants, minerals and natural fiber. So many people do not consume the recommended daily intake of fruits and vegetables, but if you are wanting to make changes to help prevent diseases such as prostate cancer, then here’s how….

  • Cruciferous vegetables: (includes broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, kale and cabbage) have phytochemicals that reduce Oxidative stress or oxygen free radicals in the body which means a lower risk of prostate cancer and its aggression.

  • Carrots are rich in nutrients and contain antioxidants beta-carotene and falcarinol that reduce the risk of cancer.

  • Tomatoes are a rich source of a phytochemical called lycopene which attacks free radicals helping the body lower the risk of prostate cancer and its aggression.

  • Mushrooms help fight cancer by building the immune system with a supply of compounds called beta glucan and proteins called lectin which have shown to attack cancer cells.

  • Pomegranates, particularly pomegranate juice, have been shown to slow PSA doubling time and may help prevent prostate cancer recurrence after primary treatment.

  • Grapes and grape juice are rich sources of resveratrol, a type of natural phytochemical that belongs to a larger group of phytochemicals called polyphenols that possess potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

  • Grapefruit contains several phytochemicals including naringenin, limonin, beta-carotene and lycopene.

  • Oranges, lemons and other citrus fruits help protect against DNA-damaging free radicals because they contain hundreds of bioactive compounds including flavonoids and monoterpenes.

  • Avocados contain the highest amount of the carotenoid luteinutein of all common fruit.

  • Peppers and jalapenos contain a chemical, capsaicin, which neutralizes certain cancer causing substances.

  • Apples are a good source of fiber, vitamin C and contain quercetin, a flavonoid that shows both anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

  • Berries (raspberries and blueberries) are an excellent source of vitamins C and K, manganese and a good source of fiber and blueberries are among the fruits highest in antioxidant power because of the many phytochemicals they contain.

2. Limit Consumption of Animal Protein

Diets high in red meat, dairy products and animal fat have frequently been connected with the development of prostate cancer. Red meat (such as beef, pork, and lamb) is particularly tied to aggressive prostate cancer.

3. Eat Plant Protein

Plant-based protein like beans, flax and nuts contain quercetin and lignans that suppress the growth of many kinds of cancer including prostate cancer.

4. Green Tea

Green tea contains polyphenols and flavonoids which are strong antioxidants. Tea is the best source of catechins which are being studied for their anti-cancer properties. Green tea has been shown to slow and/or prevent the development of prostate cancer.

5. Whole Grains

Whole grains include brown rice, oatmeal, corn, barley, bulgar, kasha, millet, faro, quinoa, and more. Whole grains are great sources of fiber and magnesium and provide protein. Choose food made with whole grain over processed foods.

6. Limit Sugary Drinks

Cutting down on surgery carbonated beverages and drinking water can speed metabolism and flush the body of cancer-causing substances.

7. Choose Organic Foods when Possible

Organically grown food is free of harmful chemicals and pesticides, including BPA, a known prostate cancer carcinogen. Organically grown foods have more nutrients than usually taste better.