are diagnosed with prostate cancer, self-treatment is not recommended. It is good to have the opinion of your
doctor before taking supplements or herbal remedies. Even when you are under medical care it is not safe to take
certain over-the-counter medications or vitamin supplements; s
ome drugs or supplements may interact with chemotherapy drugs and cause adverse effects. Complementary approaches
are discouraged if they are used in lieu of medical treatment. Delaying or stopping medical treatment can decrease
the chances of remission and lead to serious problems. These dietary guidelines are by no means a replacement of
conventional medicine or a substitute for your doctor's advice.
What you eat can be an important factor in preventing prostate cancer or increasing your chance to have it. It is
no doubt that that fruits and vegetables are key agents in preventing the majority of cancer including prostate
cancer. In the other hand, a diet rich in red meat, dairy or animal fat is associated with an increased risk of
prostate cancer. For example, men who have elevated levels of Insulin Growth Factor (IGF -I) are more likely to
develop prostate cancer. This risk is even higher among men who drink
milk from cows injected with bovine growth hormone (BGH), since this kind of milk have a rate of
(a cancer tumor
) nearly ten times higher than the rate found in normal milk.
Certain fruits and vegetables contain lycopene, a bright red carotene and carotenoid
pigment that has anti-cancer properties.
Among those fruits and vegetables include watermelons, carrots,
grapefruits and tomatoes (including tomato products); they are highly correlated on reducing the risk of many types
of cancer, mainly prostate cancer.
Some vitamins and minerals such as vitamin E and zinc have also positive effects for the reduction of prostate
In addition, soybeans (including soy products), due to its concentration of isoflavones, is also a product shown
capable to prevent formation of cancerous cells.
known to interact
with certain chemotherapy drugs – Vincristine for instance. Talk to your
doctor before drinking grapefruit juice if you are undergoing chemotherapy.
There is no unique method of preventing prostate cancer; in fact, no scientist knows for sure how to prevent the
disease. However, you can take appropriate measures to not become a victim. Research suggests that the following
measures can help you not only prevent but also combat prostate cancer if you already have it:
Reducing Fat Intake
– before beginning an anti-cancer diet, it is important to first reduce or completely eliminate consumption of
foods rich in fat and red meat. This is important not only to prevent prostate cancer but also other types of
cancer as well as numerous cardiovascular diseases including cardiac arrest. In fact, reduction of red meat, and
dietary and animal fats, in particular saturated, fat may prolong your life even if you have cancer. However, a
high intake of fatty fish (which is rich in omega 3) reduces the risk of prostate cancer and cardiovascular
Eating Foods Rich In Lycopene
- research has shown that regular consumption of foods rich in lycopene mainly tomatoes (and products containing it
in large quantities) can reduce the risk of prostate cancer. Lycopene, a pigment that gives tomatoes and other
vegetables and fruits their beautiful color, is considered as one of the most promising phytochemical of the
plants to reduce the risk of prostate cancer or slow its progression. Whenever it is possible, eat plenty of
Eating Vegetables From The Allium Family
– studies on nutrition and prostate cancer have shown that vegetables from the allium family
(garlic, onion, chives, shallots, leek
s and others) have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties on the entire body including the prostate gland.
High consumption could help prevent development of prostate cancer.
Increasing Zinc Intake
- there is high concentration of zinc in the prostate gland than in any other tissue of the body. In addition, zinc
has antioxidant properties and plays an important role in keeping the immune system strong. In other words, zinc
helps maintain the immune system healthy to fight against infections and other serious diseases, especially against
cancer. In treatment of prostate, Zinc has been shown to help the excretion of testosterone and d
. The mineral inhibits the activity of the enzyme 5-Alpha reductase
, and therefore decreases the production of dihydrotestosterone, factor responsible for prostate disease. It also
inhibits the secretion of prolactin (also known as Luteotropic hormone or LTH)
, which leads to a decreased production of dihydrotestosterone.
Eating Soy Products
- Researchers have found a lower prevalence of prostate cancer in Asia where people eat soy in large quantity. It
is believed that high soy intake may explain this occurrence
. Although not totally conclusive, it is believed that the isoflavones contained in the soy play this protective
role. These nutrients seem to inhibit tumor growth by a combination of direct effects on the tumor cells and
indirect effects on angiogenesis -physiological process
consisting of formation of new blood vessels to feed the tumor. It appears that soy products (tofu, soy
milk, and others) not only slow the progression of prostate cancer but also breast cancer.
Intake - according to a clinical trial performed on 1312 subjects for
six years by the Nutritional Prevention of Cancer Study (NPC), published in 1996, it appears that selenium may
reduce the development of carcinomas in several sites of the body including the prostate gland. It is advisable to
continuously consume at least 200 mg/day of selenium, preferably in food, and not exceed 400 mg/day. Among foods
good sources of selenium include:
- Nuts: Brazil nuts, walnut;
- Meats: tuna, beef, cod, turkey &
- Pasta: spaghetti & macaroni;
cottage cheese, oat meal, rice, wheat bread.
- Vitamin E, also Known as tocopherol, is a fat soluble vitamin (soluble in lipids, but insoluble in water) which
is recognized primarily as an antioxidant. It slows the aging of the skin and ensures the stability of cellular
structures. Taken continuously, vitamin E can reduce the risk of prostate cancer among smokers. If you take
supplements, however, be careful to overdose; vitamin E overdose
could lead to fatigue,
diarrhea, headaches, and interfere with the body's ability to clot blood
. Vitamin E is found in vegetable oils, mainly in wheat germ oil, unrefined palm (red) oil and sunflower oil,
soybean, peanut and olive oils. It is also found in lesser amounts in cereals, almonds, green vegetables, butter,
margarine, and fatty fish.
However, before taking any supplement of selenium or vitamin E as prostate cancer prevention, it is recommended to
have a prostate specific antigen (PSA) test done. PSA is a protein produced by the cells of the
a rate in the blood greater than 3 ng/mL
may indicate a high risk of prostate cancer. Among those at risk, these supplements can cause this type of cancer
instead of preventing it.