31 Foods That Fight Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men (next to skin cancer), so itís no surprise that an increasing number of men are worried about this serious condition. But a new study published in the medical journal Cancer Epidemiology brings some good news for sufferers of the disease and those trying to prevent it.

Researchers assessed men suffering from prostate cancer in South Carolina who had already undergone surgery or radiation to treat the disease but still had a recurrence of prostate cancer. Because approximately 25 to 40 percent of men who receive these treatments still experience a recurrence in prostate cancer, the researchers attempted to determine whether specific nutrients might help.

The scientists assessed levels of prostate-specific antigen (PSA)óa common blood test that is used to screen for prostate cancer. High PSA levels are often an indicator for the disease. This test is used to assess for prostate cancer in men with no symptoms or in those with symptoms of the disease, which can include: slow or weak urination, needing to urinate frequently (especially at night), blood in the urine, erectile dysfunction, pain in the hips or back, weakness or numbness of the legs or feet, or loss of bladder control. Healthy men typically have PSA counts that are lower than 4 nanograms/liter of blood. A higher number is frequently associated with an increased cancer risk.

Researchers found a link between higher blood levels of certain nutrients and decreased PSA levels in the men, indicating that diets higher in these nutrients may reduce the risk of prostate cancer and even help reverse cancer in men suffering from the disease, like those men who participated in the study. Both carotenoids and tocopherols were higher in men with lower PSA levels.

Carotenoids are a group of yellow-orange-red pigments known as phytonutrients (plant nutrients) found in foods like carrots, sweet potatoes, apricots, mangoes, pumpkin, tomatoes, papaya, peaches, squash and other similarly-colored foods. They include: beta carotene, lutein and lycopene. There are about 60 different types of carotenoids, but the study specifically assessed beta carotene, lycopene, cryptoxanthin and zeaxanthin. Researchers found that the higher levels of these nutrients resulted in a reduction in PSA in the men assessed.

Beta carotene is found in apricots, broccoli, carrots, collards, leafy greens, kale, mangoes, papayas, peaches, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, spinach, squash and tomatoes.

Lycopene is primarily found in guavas, pink grapefruit, papayas, rosehips, strawberries, tomatoes and watermelon.

Cryptoxanthin is found in oranges, papayas, peaches and tangerines.

Zeaxanthin is found in apricots, broccoli, carrots, collards, leafy greens, kale, mangoes, papayas, peaches, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, spinach, squash and tomatoes.

Tocopherols is another name for vitamin E. The study specifically assessed levels of alpha-tocopherol and found higher levels of the nutrient were linked to a lower PSA count. Excellent sources of alpha-tocopherol include: almonds, hazelnuts, pine nuts, Brazil nuts, sunflower seeds, mung bean sprouts, leafy greens, broccoli, asparagus, tomatoes, carrots, pumpkin, olive and sunflower oils.

For more information about anti-cancer foods and nutrients consult my ebook CANCER-PROOF: All-Natural Solutions for Cancer Prevention and Healing.

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120 comments

Josue D.
Josue D.10 months ago

There is some evidence that foods containing lycopene - tomatoes and tomato based foods - and selenium - a naturally occurring chemical found in vegetables, fish, shellfish, some meats, grains, eggs, Brewer's yeast, and wheat germ - probably reduce the risk of prostate cancer.I am happy because while I was reading this article I realized I have been eating the right things, my urologist told me I needed to make changes on my lifestyle.. I did quit some habits such as drinking, I quit smoking, I started working-out and also made significant changes in my alimentation. I quit eating red meat, fast foods and started eating tomatoes, watermelon (lycopene), vegetables, fruits, omega 3 fatty acids ( salmon,  nuts) and saw palmetto, zinc, vitamin V9 in a supplement named alpharise that he recommended me, this cured me, I had Ed, low libido, frequent urination..Those symptoms of bph but I’m totally okay now! I am really happy!!!!!

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Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus2 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Teresa Garcia

This article have to be share, BIG TIME; to help reduce the risk of prostate cancer and, why not?, to help reverse cancer in men. Isn´t it great????

Thank you so much for share this valuable info!!!! :)

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Jeffrey Stanley
Jeff S2 years ago

TYFS

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Elena Poensgen
Elena Poensgen2 years ago

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Dt Nc2 years ago

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Dt Nc2 years ago

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Hussein Khalil
Hussein Khalil2 years ago

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Charles Wallis
Charles Wallis2 years ago

Doubter

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Elena Poensgen
Elena Poensgen2 years ago

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