(NaturalHealth365) Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men in the U.S., affecting one of out every five men in their lifetimes. Over 200,000 cases are diagnosed each year, and nearly 30,000 men are expected to die from prostate cancer.
You can’t do anything about certain risk factors, such as genetic susceptibility and older age. However, you can make lifestyle changes to dramatically reduce your risk of prostate cancer.
Taking nutritional supplements is an easy and natural strategy for lowering your risk of prostate cancer. Recent research has found a variety of nutritional supplements that may be effective. So, let’s talk about the best foods and supplements to prevent prostate cancer.
Natural ways to lower elevated PSA levels
Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) is a hormone produced by the prostate and circulated in the blood. And, as we all know, high PSA levels are associated with cancer. The following foods appear to reduce levels of PSA, and may lead to lower cancer risk or slower progression of prostate cancer after it is diagnosed.
- Pomegranate juice, which can reduce tumor growth.
- Broccoli, cabbage and other cruciferous vegetables, because of their active compounds called indole-3-carbinol, 3,3’-diindolylmethane, and phenethyl isothiocyanate.
- Healing herbs like, garlic and licorice root
- Turmeric, which contains the active compound curcumin.
- Flaxseed, whose enterolactones may be the reason for reduced cancer risk.
- Green tea extract, which can suppress additional tumor-promoting genes.
Nutritional supplements to lower your prostate cancer risk
The following supplements have been studied over longer periods of time. In these types of studies, researchers look at a group of people over time. They see which ones develop prostate cancer, and try to figure out if the ones who didn’t develop prostate cancer had higher intakes of certain foods or supplements.
Of all the nutritional supplements designed to rejuvenate the body and mind, the ones listed below show the most promise for lowering the risk of prostate cancer.
- Vitamin D, which can also lower the risk for many forms of cancer.
- Boron, which normalizes calcium regulation.
- Zinc, without folic acid, about 15 mg. Is all you need.
- Selenium, at around 200 micrograms per day, is strongly recommended.
”Recently, results of the Human Genome Project have shattered one of Science’s fundamental core beliefs, the concept of genetic determinism. We have been led to believe that our genes determine the character of our lives, yet new research surprisingly reveals that it is the character of our lives that controls our genes. Rather than being victims of our heredity, we are actually masters of our genome.” – Bruce Lipton, Ph.D.
What can I do to prevent prostate cancer?
Obviously, nutritional supplements are NOT the only cancer prevention strategy. Naturally, eating a healthy diet with smaller portions and daily physical activity are essential for optimal health. So, remember…
- Eat plenty of organic fruits and vegetables because toxic chemicals (in food) only increase the risk of cancer.
- If you like dairy foods, be sure to eat ONLY pasture-raised dairy products without hormones, antibiotics or the use of genetically-manipulated (GMO) feed to the animals.
- Limit your consumption of animal meats and seafood – especially if you’re concerned about heavy metal toxicity.
Prostate cancer strikes 20 percent of men in the United States alone, but it’s largely preventable. To avoid cancer, never underestimate the power of a healthy diet and be sure to work with a qualified medical professional who understands the importance of these principles.
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