Health and Nutrition: Eat to Beat Prostate Cancer

Health and Nutrition: Eat to Beat Prostate CancerIt seems inevitable that aging men residing in Western societies will eventually stumble upon prostate cancer. Although it is uncommon to find prostate cancer in men under the age of 45, a vast majority will be diagnosed with this genetic disease around the age of seventy or eighty.

You obviously can’t change your family history, age or race. However, growing evidence has shown that you can dramatically reduce your risk of cancer or slow down the progression if you already have it by merely making minor changes in your diet. Health and Nutrition do go hand in hand when battling or preventing cancer.

Aim for a half cup of cooked tomatoes two times a week. Cooked tomatoes have lycopene ( a member of the carotenoid family) which has been shown to prevent free radicals from damaging cells.

People residing in Asian countries tend to eat a lot of soy and don’t show signs of getting this genetic disease as often as we do. Tofu and other soy foods contain isoflavones that are believed to delay the growth and development of cancer cells. Try to get at least one to two servings of a soy product daily.

Drink two to four cups of green tea a day. Green tea has been found to have a powerful compound (EGCG) that blocks many processes involved in the development of several cancers.

Pomegranates contain polyphenols that appear to slow cancer growth and encourage the cancer cells to destroy themselves. An eight ounce glass of juice a day is sufficient.

Garlic and onions may prevent tumors by eliminating the cancer causing substances before they can damage cells. Try to have one garlic clove or 2 tablespoons of onions 5 days a week.

Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and Brussels sprouts contain several anti-cancer compounds that help the body to actually get rid of the bad substances before they have a chance to damage cells. Aim for at least four to five half cup servings a week.

By improving your diet, you are taking a big step toward delaying the cancer’s development or preventing its growth.

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Health and Nutrition: Eat to Beat Prostate Cancer

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