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Supplements to Avoid for a Healthy Prostate

Nutritional supplements are generally perceived to be healthy and safe, but in some cases this is not the case. Whether you have a prostate disorder or are just looking to maintain maximum health and wellness, caution needs to be taken with these supplements.


1. Calcium

 

Calcium

There is no question that everyone needs calcium. Calcium is the main component of bone, and it is critical for proper function of the heart, muscles, and nerves, and for blood clotting. But men should beware: the American Cancer Society notes there is evidence that high intake of calcium, mainly through supplements, has been associated with a greater risk of prostate cancer, especially aggressive cancer. Several prestigious studies back up this concern, including one in which researchers found a nearly threefold increased risk for developing fatal prostate cancer in men who had high-normal levels of serum calcium compared with men who had lower average calcium levels. (Skinner 2008) More recent research results come from the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) study, which is currently underway and involves more than 519,000 participants. Early reports are that a high intake of dairy protein and calcium from dairy products is associated with an increased risk of prostate cancer. (Gonzalez 2010) Men should make sure they get enough calcium, 1,200 mg daily, but mainly from food and not supplements. More on calcium and men’s health

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See also

Top Supplements for BPH

Top Supplements for Prostatitis

Top Supplements for Prostate Cancer

Top Supplements for Erectile Dysfunction

Top Supplements for ED and Sexual Health

Top Supplements for Men’s Health

*Medical Disclaimer

Reference

Gonzalez CA, Riboli E. Diet and cancer prevention: contributions from the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) study. Eur J Cancer 2010 Sep; 46(14): 2555-62

Skinner HG, Schwartz GG. Serum calcium and incident and fatal prostate cancer in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 2008 Sep; 17(9): 2302-5

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About Dr. Geo Espinosa, N.D., L.Ac, CNS, RH (AHG)

Dr. Geo is the Director of the Integrative Urology Center at New York University Langone Medical Center and the Chief Science Officer at Prostate Research Labs. Before joining NYU, Dr. Geo was a clinician, researcher and director of clinical trials at the Center for Holistic Urology at Columbia University Medical Center. He is a licensed naturopathic doctor, licensed acupuncturist, a Certified Nutrition Specialist and a Registered Herbalist. Dr. Geo is an author of the naturopathic entry in 1000 Cures for 200 ailments, by Harper Collins; March 2007 and “Prostate Cancer – Nutrients that may slow its progression,” Food and Nutrients in Disease Management – Maryland: Cadmus Publishing, 2009. He also serves on the editorial board of the Natural Medicine Journal.
 
Dr Geo is a frequent speaker at universities, medical schools and conferences on Integrative Health, nutrition and natural treatments for prostate disease. More on Dr. Geo

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