Sometimes a seed of truth gets blown up into a forest. Then it becomes hard to see the seed anymore through all those trees.
That’s what has happened to countless guys who are learning how to manage their prostate cancer.
Panic is often the first reaction when your doctor gives you a prostate cancer diagnosis. Followed by the determination to take any steps necessary to fight the cancer.
But there’s one step in particular that a LOT of guys with prostate cancer find they struggle with. And that’s with their diet.
In fact, when they fall short of eating like a rabbit, many men end up beating themselves up over it. But new research reveals how you can relax a little when it comes to diet.
Sure, just like anyone else, you need to watch what you eat. That part is true. But don’t let a forest of veggies obscure that seed of truth.
Because the new study finds, you DON’T have to knock back bushels of greens or gag on kale smoothies to get a leg up against this disease.
You have a little wiggle room.
The TRUTH about prostate cancer and produce
It’s disturbing how often medical advice is based on assumptions instead of facts.
For example, when a guy is told he has prostate cancer, one of the first things his doc will urge him to do is make dramatic changes to his diet. Specifically, he’ll be told to eat LOTS more veggies.
And it sounds like a reasonable assumption. After all, everyone knows veggies are healthy. No one would argue with that.
But while we ALL could probably use a few more greens in our diet, there isn’t a shred of actual evidence that eating a ton of veggies every day will help you with your prostate cancer. In fact, the new study found the opposite.
You DON’T have to force yourself to gnaw on grass until you start to moo. And you certainly don’t need to turn into a card-carrying vegetarian. Because when it comes down to it, stepping up the greens WON’T push back the prostate cancer.
In the new study, some guys with early-stage prostate cancer were told to keep eating as usual. For most of them, that was a mere half-serving of veggies a day.
The others in the same stage of cancer were told to step up their veggie eating dramatically. They increased the number of vegetables in their diets by FIVE TIMES, up to nearly two and a half servings a day.
And they focused in particular on cancer-fighting cruciferous veggies as well as produce rich in carotenoids.
But over two years later, that dramatic diet change didn’t make a bit of difference. They had the same rate of disease-free progression. And in both groups, 90 percent of the guys did not have an upgrade in the tumor status.
So it’s time to give up the guilt. Eating ALL produce ALL the time isn’t necessary even when you’re battling prostate cancer.
Make THESE healthy prostate moves instead
But wait, don’t give up on veggies just yet. There are a couple of good reasons to still eat plenty of them.
First, they’re healthy in so many other ways and can help fight off oxidative stress and damage. And second, some compounds in produce certainly can help fight certain cancers.
So go ahead and step up the number of veggies you’re eating a bit (although kale smoothies are 100 percent optional). But since it may be hard to get all the healthy compounds you want from diet alone ALSO consider supplements to boost your levels of specific cancer-fighting nutrients.
Lycopene, for example, could help slow the growth of prostate tumors, reduce PSA levels, and cut PSA velocity. And another compound called modified fruit pectin has been shown to lower PSA levels in men with prostate cancer.
PSA alone isn’t the most important marker, of course. But it’s certainly worth keeping an eye on when you have prostate cancer.
And finally, remember that sometimes it’s not about what you ADD to your diet but what you REMOVE that can make the biggest impact. Sugars, for example, can act as fuel for all kinds of cancer cells, including prostate cancer.
So cut back as much as possible on sugars to reduce your risk for the disease if you don’t have it or fight it off if you do.