Eating These 10 Foods Helps Prevent Prostate Cancer

by Myla Cruz

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Researchers have now linked the prevention of prostate cancer directly with healthy eating — which means, yes, you can fight cancer right from the dinner table, and, per our series here, you can change the day you die.

Prostate Cancer is the 3rd Most Common Cancer in the U.S.

In 2013, there were an estimated 2.8 million men living with prostate cancer in the United States according to the National Cancer Institute. This makes it the third most common cancer in the United States, after lung and breast cancer. While foods like processed meats — which contain high amounts of saturated fats and carcinogens — are linked to prostate cancer development, there are also foods that can actively help prevent the disease.

“We have enough data to support that eating properly can significantly reduce the risk of prostate cancer,” said Dr. Geo Espinosa, a naturopathic and functional medicine doctor in New York City and author of Thrive, Don’t Only Survive, in a recent Fox News article. 

Want to Really Reduce Your Risk of Prostate Cancer? Go Vegan.

According to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, men who follow a vegan diet have a 35 percent lower risk of developing prostate cancer than those who follow a non-vegetarian, lacto-ovo-vegetarian, pesco-vegetarian or semi-vegetarian diet.

Since food can quite successfully be viewed as both fuel and medicine for the body and mind, here are 10 healthy foods that can help decrease your prostate cancer risk.

1. Berries

Fight cancer risk with berries’ antioxidant power. Since cancer has also been associated with oxidative stress, keep berries such as blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries in your diet, as they’re some of the best foods to the issue.

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2. Fish

Salmon, in particular, is a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids, polyunsaturated fats that have been shown to ward off prostate cancer. Other Mediterranean winners include sardines, mackerel, and halibut.

3. Coffee

Just a couple of weeks ago, we learned the beneficial qualities of coffee for those with pre-existing heart issues. Today, we revel in the antioxidant values of coffee and its abilities to metabolize sugars efficiently. In fact, a meta-analysis published in the journal Cancer Causes and Control found that drinking four to five cups of coffee a day might be associated with a reduction in prostate cancer. If you’re not much of a coffee drinker, you can as well utilize green tea as a close alternative. 

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4. Cauliflower, Kale, Etc. 

Experts widely agree that consuming a diet rich in cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, collard greens and kale is a fantastic way to ward off prostate cancer. Cruciferous vegetables are low in carbohydrates, which have been linked to cancer, while also being rich in antioxidants and phytochemicals that may prevent cell changes that can lead to it.

5. Brazil nuts

Studies show that men who have high levels of selenium, commonly found in Brazil nuts, are the least likely to develop prostate cancer. Just six-to-eight Brazil nuts contain more than 700 percent of the daily selenium value.

6. Tomatoes

Tomatoes contain lycopene, a carotenoid—or plant pigment—which very well may prevent prostate cancer. 

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7. Walnuts

Walnuts are such fantastic prostate cancer-fighting ammo because they’re low in carbohydrates and high in healthy omega-3 fatty acids.

8. Carrots

Carrots, along with winter squash, are a rich source of beta-carotene, a carotenoid that is converted to vitamin A and has antioxidant properties.

9. Pomegranate juice

Pomegranate is a hugely rich fruit high antioxidants with substantial research showing its strong potential as a cancer prevention tool. 

10. Soy 

Treating prostate cancer cells with the isoflavones found in soy protein may interfere with the development in prostate cancer cells that are related to inflammation and the growth and spread of cancer, according to registered dietician and author Lisa Cimperman.

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