(NaturalHealth365) According to the American Cancer Society, prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer in men and sadly one in six men will be told ‘you have prostate cancer’ at some point in their lives. Since November is a prostate ‘awareness’ time – I wanted to bring awareness to natural approaches you can take for a healthier prostate.
Healthy vitamin D levels dramatically reduce the risk of cancer
In the November 2013 issue of Cancers, researchers from Norway discussed the link between low vitamin D (below 50 nmol/L) and increased mortality in those who have prostate cancer. Prostate cancer survivors were more likely to have higher levels of vitamin D.
In addition, the Vitamin D Council states that the ultraviolet-B portion of sunlight has a direct effect on lowering prostate cancer risks by stimulating the body to produce vitamin D. If you’re not sure about your vitamin D blood level – get tested today.
A diet loaded with ‘superfood’ nutrition reduces the risk for prostate cancer
A poor diet is thought to be responsible for one-third of all prostate, bowel and breast cancers. Studies in Japan have shown that Japanese men who follow a vegetarian diet have the lowest rates of prostate cancer. It is unclear if abstaining from meat is responsible or if there are certain nutrients in the foods that help reduce the risk of cancer.
Fatty fish such as salmon, trout, mackerel and sardines contain a good amount of omega-3 which can also help reduce the risk of prostate cancer. Try and eat two servings of fish per week. But, be sure the fish is uncontaminated – free of heavy metal toxicity or radiation.
Adding tea to your diet is beneficial as studies have shown green tea, as well as green tea extract, is helpful in reducing the odds of prostate cancer.
Some cancer experts suggest that adding lycopene to your diet can also be beneficial to reducing your risk for prostate cancer particularly if the gene XRCC1 is expressed. Lycopene is found in a number of foods including tomatoes, watermelon, grapefruit, asparagus, red cabbage, parsley and carrots.
Can pumpkin seeds support prostate health?
Researchers indicates that supplementing with pumpkin seeds and oil can help reduce the symptoms of enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH) and it was approved for this use in 1985 by Germany’s Commission E. It is thought that the high zinc levels in the pumpkin seeds are responsible for the health benefit.
A trial in Hungary found that patients who were given pumpkin seed oil for two months saw an improvement in night urination of 66% while 86% noted improvement of symptoms related to difficulty in urination.
What herbs can be used to prevent prostate cancer?
In Belgium, researchers found that saw palmetto aided urinary flow, reduced residual urinary volume and prostate size with 88% of participants noting an improved quality of life. The effects were evident within 45 days of using saw palmetto. The pharmaceutical equivalent, known as Finasteride, can take between six months to one year to work for an individual (maybe) – but saw palmetto is better tolerated.
Practitioners typically recommend fat soluble saw palmetto extracts of 160 mg taken twice a day. If you are interested in trying saw palmetto, speak to your healthcare provider to determine the proper dose for your body and symptoms.
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About the author: Sima Ash of Healing 4 Soul is a clinical and classical homeopath and certified clinical nutritionist who utilizes a unique approach pioneered by Tinus Smits, M.D. called CEASE therapy. The aim of CEASE treatment is systematic detoxification of the causes of illness, leading to step by step improvement and restoration of health in the individual. For additional information, please visit – Healing4Soul.com. You can follow Sima on Facebook at ‘Cease Therapy California’ and through her weekly blog on NaturalHealth365.com
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