In numerous studies, diet has been associated with both prostate cancer risk and prevention, with research moving in the direction of figuring out which nutrients may help prevent the development and progression of prostate cancer
Decreasing Cancer risks:
The instances of cancer decrease when diets are low in
- Lower Protein (from animal sources like meat)
-Higher in complex carbohydrates from plant sources
- Daily regular exercise (minimum of :30minutes a day)
Soy- contains a photochemical known as isoflavones which inhibits the growth of both benign and malignant prostate cells.
Consume Fresh fruit and vegetables- obtaining your vitamins and minerals from plant sources instead of in supplement form has had positive results on inhibiting the growth of cancer cells.
Grapes: contains Reserveratrol in the skins which has evidence inhibiting the growth of cancer cells
Red and pink fruits and vegetables: Tomatoes, pink grapefruit, watermelon
all contain the antioxidant lycopene, which has a more favorable response when consumed from the natural food, vs in supplement form.
Prostate screening for men:
- The ACS recommends Men over 50 should be screened using a blood test for elevated prostate-specific antigen, and also via a digital rectal exam.
Prostate Cancer Lifestyle Recommendations:
Scientists from the National Cancer Institute, UCLA, and University of North Carolina have found that men who were newly diagnosed with prostate cancer who adhered more closely to the lifestyle recommendations of the World Cancer Research Fund reduced their risk of developing highly aggressive tumors more than those who did not.
- Be as lean as possible without being underweight. Maintaining a healthy weight with the goal of staying at the lighter end of your body mass index.
- Be physically active at least :30 minutes a day. (this also helps keeps your hormone levels in check).
- Limit consumption of sugary drinks, and foods high in fats, added sugars, and low in fiber.
- Limit consumption of red meat to 1 lb cooked weight per week. and avoid processed meats, such as cold cuts, that have been preserved with salt or other preservatives.
- Limit alcohol consumption to two per day (one for women)
- Limit consumption of sugary foods to 36 gr / daily (9tsp)
- Limit consumption of salty foods to 1500 mg /daily
- Do not use supplements to try to protect against cancer, instead rely on a balanced diet that contains a wide variety emphasizing plant based foods.
Watermelon GrapeFruit Aqua Fresca:
Keep a pitcher in your fridge to enjoy a healthful juice all week long without added sugar in juice concentrates!
- 18 cups chopped seedless watermelon (one 10-pound melon)
- 1 1/4 cups fresh white, ruby red, or pink grapefruit juice (from 2 md grapefruit)
- Special Equipment: Cheese cloth or fine sieve
- Working in batches, purée watermelon in a blender until smooth. Pour into a large bowl and let stand for 10 minutes. Skim foam from surface and discard.
- Set a fine-mesh sieve over a large pitcher; line sieve with cheesecloth. Strain purée into pitcher (you should have almost 7 cups juice). Stir in grapefruit juice. Store in a pitcher in your refrigerator
- SERVING: Fill glasses with ice. Divide agua fresca among glasses.
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Tamra Engle FNS
Fitness Nutrition Specialist
Founder FuelingYou LLC.
Basic information about prostate cancer. Centers for disease control and prevention website:
Updated December 4, 2013, accessed September 25, 2015
Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity and the Prevention of Cancer:
Accessed September 25th 2015
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