Millions of men out there are taking their vitamins, whether it’s multivitamin or some sort of a supplement for their prostate health. Who knows whether it works or not, but what I know is taking natural fruits, vegetables and things that are full of antioxidant is for sure a great thing for you. So, what’s on top of the list?
- Tomatoes- Tomatoes absolutely gets the gold medal. This is because tomato is full of lycopene. Study after study shows that things such as tomato or tomato juice that has lycopene, can shrink your prostate. Other studies show tomatoes may also slow down the progression of the disease.
- Broccoli- It has a lot of phytochemicals, and studies show that phytochemicals can actually reduce the rate of prostate growth. If you have prostate cancer and you already have had surgeries and treatment. It can help you from any kind of recurrence etc.
- Green tea- This doesn’t need any introduction. Green tea has a lot of antioxidants; a very potent antioxidant. It also has EGCG, which is good for overall health, not just for prostate. It can reduce the inflammation all over your body. One or two cups of green tea a day can always make you healthy and certainly, can keep your prostate healthy.
- Soybean- This has been always a controversy because it can change your testosterone level and can occasionally increase your estrogen If you take a lot of it. But a little bit of it is actually good for you. It has the same kind of effect as the rest of them, with reducing inflammation. More and more inflammatory cells are prerequisite to cancer, so if you reduce inflammation, you help your prostate
- Pomegranate juice- We all grew up eating a pomegranate. You can put the seeds on your salad if you want to your fruits and eat it directly. If you’re not into it, you can always get a good pomegranate juice without a lot of sugar in it.
Causes and signs of prostate cancer
There’s no good reason as to why prostate has become cancerous, but a study shows that masturbation is among the main reasons. However, prostate cancer also increases with age, so with each passing decade, the increase goes up. There are certain groups that seem to be more prone than others. African-Americans have easily twice the risk of getting prostate cancer compared to White Americans. Asian men, interestingly, have a much lower incidence. This might be related to environmental factors, but it’s still not sure what they are.
We know that the Western diet that’s high in animal fat, seems to be contributing more than the Eastern diet, which is more tofu based and soy based. Whether they have cancer or not, as men move through their 50s and 60s, they undergo changes in life just as women do. What men will notice is an increasing difficulty getting the urine started. A slower stream it is not a sign of cancer, it is the size of an enlarged prostate. Other signs include blood in urine, pain in the back, hips or thighs, pain in the pelvic area etc. Early prostate cancer carries very few symptoms. Most of what men might notice is the slowing stream.
Prostate cancer is a slow grower that initially doesn’t cause serious harm. However, there are other prostate cancers that are aggressive and they spread quickly. It is a very common diagnosis in the US. Almost 200,000 men are diagnosed with this condition each year. It’s the most commonly new cancer diagnosis among men as lung cancer being second.