10 Foods That Fight Prostate Cancer
Last updated on October 23, 2007
There is strong evidence that eating certain foods can significantly cut a man’s risk of prostate cancer. Here’s a list of ten powerful prostate protectors:
Eating three or more servings of cruciferous vegetables like cauliflower, broccoli, kale, mustard greens, and Brussels sprouts per week may reduce the risk of prostate cancer by almost half.
Research shows that pomegranate juice slows the growth of prostate cancer in mice.
Studies show that turmeric may prevent prostate cancer and slow its progress, especially when eaten with cauliflower.
Studies in mice indicate that flaxseeds may prevent and slow the spread of prostate cancer.
In several studies, green tea has been shown to significantly reduce the risk of developing prostate cancer.
Brazil nuts are one of the best natural sources of selenium, a mineral that is strongly preventative against prostate cancer. Experts say that taking an extra 200mcg of selenium per day will reduce the risk of prostate cancer by 50 percent. Just a handful of Brazil nuts per day will meet this requirement.
Garlic has been shown in several studies to cut the risk of prostate cancer by as much as 53 percent. Garlic also contains a good amount of selenium.
One study showed that eating just 1/10 an ounce of scallions per day cut men’s risk of prostate cancer by as much as 70 percent.
Tomatoes are one of the best sources of lycopene, a powerful antioxidant which has been shown in several studies to have a protective effect against prostate cancer. Though one recent study has created some doubt about the protective effect lycopene has against prostate cancer, the National Prostate Cancer Foundation says the earlier studies are still valid and continues to recommend that men eat plenty of foods containing lycopene.