Prostate cancer diet

What helps it?

• A diet high in fiber helps to reduce your risk of prostate cancer by lowering your body's levels of reproductive hormones slightly. Men who eat the highest amounts of fiber have the fewest prostate cancers. Recommendation: Aim for a daily fiber intake of 40 to 50 grams, but don't try to reach that goal overnight or you will suffer abdominal bloating, gas, and cramping. Slowly increase your daily intake of high-fiber foods and add a bulk vegetable powder to that. We have outlined a slowly progressive fiber regimen under Colon, Spastic, that you may follow to gradually increase your intake to the recommended level. Deficiency of vitamin A increases the risk for prostate cancer.

Prostate cancer dietTaking supplemental vitamin A, however, can create problems itself, because your body can store this vitamin and its levels can build up to toxic amounts. You can still be sure your body has enough vitamin A by getting plenty of its forerunner, beta-carotene. Your body turns this vitamin relative into active vitamin A as it needs it. Recommendation: Increase your dietary intake of dark green leafy vegetables and yellow-orange vegetables, and add supplemental beta-carotene in a dose of 25,000 to 50,000 IU per day.

• Deficiency of certain of the B vitamins may increase your risk of prostate cancer. These are: riboflavin, thiamine, and vitamin B6. Recommendation: Take 50 mg of riboflavin, 100 mg of thiamine, and 100 mg of vitamin B6 along with a single 100 mg tablet of full B-complex daily. The B vitamin family works best when all its members are present.

•  Deficiency of zinc may increase risk of cancer because zinc nourishes the prostate gland and is vital for proper immune function. Take 50 to 100 mg of zinc gluconate lozenges daily. Do not exceed this amount. Additionally, increase your consumption of foods high in zinc, such as mushrooms, pumpkin seeds, seafood, spinach, sunflower seeds, and whole grains.

•  Research shows that soybeans and soy products such as tofu, soy flour, and soy milk have cancer-fighting properties due to the presence of a protein called genistein. This protein retards tumor growth by preventing the growth of new blood vessels to feed the tumor.

Prostate cancer dietProstate cancer diet: What makes it worse?

• A diet high in saturated fat may increase your risk of cancer of the prostate, according to some studies. Although the reason for this effect is not clear, it may be that a high fat intake weakens the killing power of certain immune fighters, leaving you more vulnerable to cancer development. Cancers occur when a cell is damaged and it ceases to function normally or to obey your body's normal controls. You depend upon your immune system to vigilantly, protect you from this everyday process. Recommendation: Eat a diet that is reduced in fat content. Try to eat no more than 30% of your total day's calories as fat, with only 10% of your day's total as saturated (animal) fat.

• Avoid red meat. According to the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, men who eat red meat 5 times or more weekly have a risk of prostate cancer that is almost 3 times higher than that for men who eat red meat less than once weekly.

 
 
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