Prostate Diet for Prostate Cancer and Prostate Health
Every time you pick up a fork, put food on to your plate, order at a restaurant, or consume any drink, you are making a choice to either be good to your prostate or not, especially if you are concerned about your diet for prostate cancer. And if you have had treatment for prostate cancer you should be even more concerned about your diet to prevent prostate cancer. This is because 30% of prostate cancers return no matter what the treatment and no matter what your urologist tells you. Even those men who have had a complete removal of their prostate have a 30% chance of reoccurring prostate cancer so its even more important to have a focus on lifestyle and diet for prostate cancer prevention after treatment.
And if you are worried about getting prostate cancer then diet is the #1 thing you can change to help with reducing your risk. Yes, prostate cancer is treatable but ask any man who has the disease and your life will never be the same so its important to not fall into the marketing trap of the medical community downplaying the significance of the disease just because its “treatable”.
The foods you choose and the way you live your life have a major impact on whether or not you will develop prostate problems, and especially prostate cancer. Cancer experts and nutrition and diet studies estimate that our food choices account for up to 90 percent of cancers of the prostate, breast, pancreas, and colon. Even lung cancer is believed to have a dietary link. If you’re skeptical, consider the rates of prostate cancer in China compared with those in North America. In 2002, there were 1.6 cases of prostate cancer for every 100,000 males in China, compared with 120 cases per 100,000 in North America. That’s 75 times the rate in China! (Parkin 2005)
Experts believe that a major part of the reason for the difference prostate cancer rates is diet. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) “diets high in red meat, dairy products, and animal fat have frequently been implicated in the development of prostate cancer”. The traditional Chinese diet consists of vegetables, fish, sea vegetables, fiber-rich foods, and a small amount of soy, a fare that is typically low in saturated fat and sugar. The SAD—Standard American Diet—is true to its name: high in saturated fat and sugar, low in fruits, vegetables, fish, and fiber. When you combine SAD with our notoriously couch-potato lifestyle, you have the formula for the alarming rise in lifestyle-related diseases, especially obesity, that we are surrounded with today in Western countries.
SAD is a disaster as are many of the fad and gimmick diets on the market. The Prostate Diet for Prostate Cancer is a sensible eating plan designed to promote and maintain prostate health by safeguarding against inflammation and cancer, as well as maximizing overall wellness.
10 Foundations of The Prostate Diet
|Maximize fruit and vegetable servings: Fruits and vegetables contain high levels of cancer- and inflammation-fighting substances such as antioxidants, polyphenols, vitamins, minerals, and fiber.|
|Eat healthy fats: Fats such as those consumed in Mediterranean countries can decrease inflammation and support overall prostate health. (Diet for Prostate Cancer)|
|Choose plant protein over animal protein: Plant protein gives you all the nutrients and health benefits needed for maximum prostate health as part of a diet for prostate cancer. Diets rich in plant protein have been shown to reduce rates of cancer and prostate disease. Also, according to the World Health Organization “diets high in red meat, dairy products, and animal fat have frequently been implicated in the development of prostate cancer”. Choose non-meat proteins for better prostate health and limit your intake of soy foods.
|Eat whole and natural foods: Consuming foods high in fiber has been linked to lower levels of testosterone (Wang 2008) and lower PSA scores (Tariq 2000), both good indicators for prostate health. Eat organic wherever possible and try and consume meats only if they are hormone and antibiotic free.
|Consume green tea: The antioxidant and catechin benefits of green tea decrease prostate cancer risk and have been shown to reduce the risk of certain prostate disorders.
|Eat omega-3 rich foods: Found in certain fatty fish like salmon and sardines, Omega 3 fats fight inflammation, a process that eats up the body’s natural antioxidants and weakens the immune system, making the body more vulnerable to disease. Omega 3 has been shown to significantly decrease prostate cancer risk and should be a fundamental part of any diet for prostate cancer.|
|Avoid foods and additives that are harmful to prostate health: Some foods, supplements, additives and nutrients are especially harmful to the prostate, including but not limited to red meat, calcium, chondroitin, and foods high in sugar. Read more about Foods to Avoid for Prostate Health|
|Take the right supplements: Several natural supplements are especially helpful for your prostate as they can assist in reducing both inflammation and the symptoms associated with prostate disorders. Supplements that have been proven to be effective in clinical trials include Saw Palmetto, Quercetin, Rye grass pollen,Vitamin D, Zinc,indole-3-carbinol (DIM), Beta-sitosterol, Pygeum africanum, Stinging Nettle Root, vitamin E (gamma) and Green tea extract. Read more on Prostate Supplements|
|Consume cancer killing foods: Numerous foods and their components in The Prostate Diet have been shown to be potential cancer killers including mushrooms, tomatoes, cayenne and other powerful cancer fighting substances . Read more about Cancer Killing Foods|
|Hydrate: Drinking plenty of pure water is essential for prostate health as it provides hydration for the body and assists in the natural elimination of toxins.|
These guidelines and diet for prostate cancer provide a natural protection plan for you and your prostate. Conversely, saturated fat, high levels of sugar, a diet high in animal protein, and diets low in vegetables and fruits can harm your prostate and have been linked to an increased risk of prostate cancer, as well as other types of cancer, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and other health problems.
Overall, maintaining health as you age involves a balance of exercise, diet and a healthy lifestyle including a healthy sex life and maintaining hormone balance. All of these factors and the “6 Pillars of Prostate Health” add up to better health, immunity and a reduced risk of disease.