5 Vitamins for Prostate Health
Last updated on April 8, 2011
Here are five vitamins for prostate health that may help in the prevention of prostate cancer.
Experts say that taking an extra 200mcg of selenium per day will reduce the risk of prostate cancer by 50 percent. Good food sources of selenium include Brazil nuts, garlic, Shiitake mushrooms, and tuna.
Several studies have found that lycopene is protective against prostate cancer. Good food sources include tomatoes, watermelon, guava, rose hips, and papaya.
According to the Mayo Clinic says that some studies show that vitamin D may help in the prevention of prostate cancer. Get plenty of sunlight and also include foods containing vitamin D such as beef, salmon, butter, goat cheese, eggs, sardines, and shrimp. You may also want to take a vitamin D supplement if you feel that you aren’t getting enough from sunlight or your diet.
Several studies have found that vitamin E may play a role in the prevention of prostate cancer. Foods high in vitamin E include olive oil, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale, and collard greens.
Folate (the synthetic form is called folic acid) is a B vitamin that, according to the Mayo Clinic, may be helpful in the prevention of prostate cancer. Some good sources of folate include spinach, asparagus, lentils, and Collard greens.