Can fruits and vegetables ward off prostate cancer? Here’s what the latest research shows…
Dodge Prostate Cancer by Eating These 5 Foods
The current statistics regarding prostate cancer don’t seem to be improving much. About 1 in 7 men will contract the disease, making it number two with a bullet behind skin cancer in America.
The American Cancer Society translates that to be about 180,890 new cases of prostate cancer – with about 26,120 deaths – for the U.S. by the end of 2016. The real tragedy in these numbers is that many of these cases may be preventable with the right diet!
You have probably already heard that a tomato-rich diet slows the enlargement of the prostate — pizza’s one redeeming nutritional virtue.
It’s all because tomatoes are rich in the nutrient lycopene, which is also what makes them red. Lycopene is also found in watermelons and apricots, but it is not easily absorbed into the blood.
This means you can’t use “prostate cancer prevention” as an excuse for wolfing down a whole pizza, as an over-indulgence in tomatoes will not necessarily help. Also note that cheese and other saturated fats have been linked to aggressive prostate cancer, so pizza may not be the best source of your tomatoes.
But that popular red fruit/vegetable is only one of the foods men should have on their plates regularly if they want to ward off the spectre of prostate cancer.
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Green tea is 99.9 percent water, devoid of any nutrients, and chock full of caffeine. Yet researchers found that those receiving the tea had an improved quality of life in as little as six weeks, as well as improved urine flow and decreased urological inflammation.
More importantly, green tea contains substances known as catechins, which were found to reduce the chance of early-stage prostate cancer from progressing to a full blown prostate cancer diagnosis.
One food that you can eat in large amounts, to the benefit of your prostate health, is soy. Various studies have indicated that soy can decrease the incidence of prostate cancer in men who consume it in large amounts and even aid in preventing the cancer from recurring.
It’s a unique dietary source of isoflavones, which includes genistein. This compound inhibits prostate cancer cell growth and also induces cellular death. And it’s a force-multiplier should your cancer progress to where you need treatment: studies have demonstrated that genistein enhances the ability of radiation to kill prostate cancer cells.
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The pomegranate: It was big in Greek mythology and it is big today among people who are serious about fending off prostate cancer. Even a small amount – 8 ounces – of pomegranate juice consumed daily can slow the progression of the disease, according to the American Urological Association.
A 2009 study found that men who drank the juice experienced a growth in prostate-specific antigen that was four times slower than before they started.
Finally, there is broccoli. Well, all cruciferous veggies, really. A 2013 study found that these contain compounds called glucoinsulates, which produce cancer-inhibiting phytochemicals. Other veggies in this family include Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, aikon, watercress, and bok choy.
The five foods to avoid if you don’t want to tempt the prostate cancer fates? The usual suspects: red meat, cheese, sugar, milk, and beer.
Who likes picking dandelions from your lawn? Nobody? Thought so. But there is a benefit to the dandelion root…
Dandelion root extract found to kill leukemia cells, prostate cancer cells and chemo-resistant melanoma
(NaturalNews) They might not be welcome in your yard, but it turns out that dandelions have tremendous potential when it comes to helping people who are suffering from cancer.
Chemo-resistant melanoma is now the most common type of cancer affecting Americans aged 25 to 29. The only option doctors can presently offer these patients is surgery to remove the tumor and its surroundings, followed by immunotherapy, which does not usually work when the melanoma has metastasized.
However, all that looks set to change, thanks to a humble plant that many people pull out of their gardens and throw away.
At the University of Windsor in Ontario, the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry has shown that dandelion root extract can cause human melanoma cells to essentially kill themselves without leading to any type of toxicity. In fact, their initial study saw cancer cells disintegrating within 48 hours, while healthy cells remained unaffected. The study was led by Professor Siyaram Pandey, PhD.
Concentrated dandelion root tea being used in clinical trials
These promising results prompted the non-profit organization Mitacs to reach out to AOR Inc., a Calgary company thatproduces natural health products, in order to develop a dandelion tea powder that is significantly stronger than that found in health food stores. They accomplish this by milling dandelion root, creating an extract from it, and then freeze-drying it into a powder that patients dissolve into hot water and then drink.
AOR is producing 6,000 doses of this tea for a clinical trial that will take place at the Windsor Regional Cancer Centre, and will involve 30 patients with various types of cancer, including leukemia, who have not had success with conventional therapy.
A statement on the website of the Dandelion Root Project at the University of Windsor says:
Since the commencement of this project, we have been able to successfully assess the effect of a simple water extract of dandelion root in various human cancer cell types, in the lab and we have observed its effectiveness against human T cell leukemia, chronic myelomonocytic leukemia, pancreatic and colon cancers, with no toxicity to non-cancer cells. Furthermore, these efficacy studies have been confirmed in animal models (mice) that have been transplanted with human colon cancer cells.
Researcher and medical oncologist Dr. Caroline Hamm said that some of her patients have noted improvements after drinking dandelion root tea from health food stores. The concentrated tea could prove to be even more effective, potentially saving countless lives.
Dandelion could help fight a number of cancers
A 2008 study published in the International Journal of Oncology showed that dandelion tea reduced breast and prostate cancer cells. A subsequent report in the same journal showed that a dietary supplement that contained dandelion suppressed the growth of prostatecancer cells.
Dandelion extracts have also demonstrated their efficacy in treating breast cancer and leukemia in traditional Chinese medicine as well as in Native American medicine.
In addition, dandelion extracts show promise in fighting colon and pancreatic cancer cells.
Dandelion has plenty of other benefits, too
The benefits of dandelionsdon’t end there. The root can also stimulate the secretion of bile, relieve allergies, reduce cholesterol and cleanse the liver. In addition, it contains high amounts of Vitamin A and Vitamin K.
This is just one of many natural cures that is showing great promise in treating conditions that conventional medicine has failed to conquer. Countless more natural remedies are likely growing in our planet’s forests, oceans and even deserts, just waiting to be discovered.
Tomatoes: Super-Soldiers in the Fight Against Prostate Cancer
We know that prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men in the world. But did you know that it is much less prevalent in developed countries? So it stands to reason that there must be something distinctive about Western society that would account for that discrepancy. Researchers from the Universities of Bristol, Cambridge, and Oxford believe it’s our diet.
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The study, published in the journal Cancer, Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention, is the first “dietary index” to track dietary components and their effects on prostate cancer.
Researchers compared the diets and lifestyle behaviors of 1,806 prostate cancer patients between the ages of 50 and 69 with 12,005 cancer-free men. They discovered that selenium, calcium, and lycopene effectively reduced prostate cancer risk, with lycopene showing the most influence.
The results were pretty definitive. Men who consumed 10 portions a week of tomatoes or tomato products (like baked beans or tomato juice) had an 18 percent reduced risk for developing prostate cancer!
Lead researcher Vanessa Er, from the School of Social and Community Medicine at the University of Bristol and Bristol Nutrition BRU, explains: “Our findings suggest that tomatoes may be important in prostate cancer prevention. However, further studies need to be conducted to confirm our findings, especially through human trials. Men should still eat a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, maintain a healthy weight and stay active.”
Lycopene was the star of the study, but what exactly is it? It’ a carotenoid found in fruits such as the tomato, apricot, guava, and watermelon. It has been shown to shield against toxins that damage DNA and cells.
Previous studies have shown that lycopene suppresses androgen receptor expression in prostate cancer cells in vitro, and decreases prostate cancer cell proliferation. Lycopene has also been shown to protect against cardiovascular disease and macular degeneration, which is the primary cause of vision loss in people over 60.
The researchers also analyzed lifestyle factors, particularly the anti-cancer lifestyle recommendations for diet, physical activity, and body weight set forth by the World Cancer Research Fund and the American Institute for Cancer Research.
While the suggestions of these two organizations are pertinent to overall cancer prevention, they are not targeted at prostate cancer prevention, and researchers determined that only dietary recommendations lowered prostate cancer risk. This study confirms that a high intake of fruits, vegetables, and fiber helps lower your odds of a prostate cancer diagnosis.
So there is the latest research. Time to stock up.