Listen up guys, it’s time for some serious talk about prostates. As you age your risk for prostate problems rises. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men, effecting one in every seven guys. Which means taking care of your prostate should be a top priority.
Luckily, experts say this is one time when you can stack the deck in your favor. And it turns out the best place to start is right in your own kitchen with these seven prostate cancer fighting foods…
Juicy red tomatoes aren’t just delicious, they’re a terrific way to reduce your risk of prostate problems. It’s the lycopene that make them so prostate friendly. In a large meta-study out of China, researchers concluded that lycopene not only reduces your risk of prostate cancer, it might also help shrink existing prostate cancer cells.
In other words, it’s time to put more tomatoes on your menu. Just be sure to cook them, which breaks down cell walls releasing more lycopene for your body to absorb.
Studies have revealed a significant connection between eating cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, and a lower risk of prostate cancer. In one study out of Seattle, researchers found guys who ate three or more cruciferous veggies a week were a stunning 41 percent less likely to develop prostate cancer than guys who ate less than a serving.
Not a broccoli fan? No problem any cruciferous veggie should do the trick. Some to choose from are cauliflower, cabbage, collard greens, arugula, chard, bok choy, Brussels sprouts and kale.
3. Green tea:
A growing number of studies have found a link between green tea and a lower risk of prostate cancer. For example, in a double-blind placebo-controlled study published in the journal Cancer Research, a green tea extract significantly slashed the cases of prostate cancer in a group of men who were at high risk for the disease.
The research is ongoing, but many experts believe the free-radical fighting polyphenols in green tea, and in particular epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), may be responsible for its protective effect against cancer. And studies have shown the more green tea you drink the higher your protection may be, so try to make it a several cup a day habit.
4. Orange zest:
Both human and animal studies have shown citrus pectin, found in the peels of citrus fruits, could help protect against prostate cancer. The easiest ways to incorporate orange peels into your diet is simply to zest, or grate, a bit of the peel into salads, dressings, vegetable and fish dishes, tea and yogurt. And since pectin could help boost your immune system in general it turns out an orange (peel) a day could be what ends up keeping the doctor away.
At every level of testing, from in vitro through human trials, pomegranates have been linked to healthier prostates. In fact, drinking pomegranate juice has been shown to slow the development, growth and spread of cancer cells, and may even help kill cancer cells.
6. Pumpkin seed oil:
Your favorite grown-up Halloween snack is doing your prostate more good than you realized. In a growing stack of studies pumpkin seed oil has been linked to a reduced risk of prostate cancer, and an increased quality of life in men who already have the disease. According to experts you can thank the high levels of zinc and phytosterols for the oil’s health benefits.
Studies show a handful of delicious walnuts may be able to slow prostate cancer growth and possibly even shrink tumors. And while researchers are still trying to figure out how the nuts worked their prostate magic in the animal studies, there’s no reason to wait around for those results. You can simply eat more walnuts starting today. They make a terrific snack and have been linked to a number of other benefits including boosting blood vessel function, raising good cholesterol and fighting inflammation.
Prostate cancer is a real threat and a “wait and see” approach to your prostate health could turn out to be tragic. Protect your prostate with these delicious foods instead.