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10 Most Contaminated Fruits and Vegetables

5. Spinach

 

spinachSpinach leaves that are bright green and fresh looking have greater concentrations of vitamin C than spinach leaves that are pale. Before you bite into those nutritious leaves, however, be sure to choose organic or thoroughly wash conventionally grown spinach. Although spinach is high on the contaminated food list, it is a vegetable you don’t want to avoid. In addition to being an excellent source of vitamins A, C, and K, riboflavin and folate, as well as the minerals iron, magnesium, and manganese, spinach has also demonstrated some possible protection against the occurrence of aggressive prostate cancer. In a Toronto study, for example, the researchers noted that they “found some evidence that risk of aggressive prostate cancer decreased with increasing spinach consumption, but the findings were not consistently statistically significant when restricted to extraprostatic disease.”

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References

Jian L et al. Do dietary lycopene and other carotenoids protect against prostate cancer? Int J Cancer 2005 Mar 1; 113(6): 1010-4
Kirsh VA et al. Prospective study of fruit and vegetable intake and risk of prostate cancer. J Natl Cancer Inst 2007 Aug 1; 99(15): 1200-9

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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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