by Andria Graham
Men, it is time for action! Have you seen the recent newspaper article indicating that not only is prostate cancer on the rise, but it is appearing in much younger men as well? Can we reverse this trend? Most definitely, but you will have to take responsibility for that precious organ that produces seminal fluid, and which is considered the number one cancer spot in a man’s body.
Cancer of the prostate is strongly linked to what you eat and animal products are consistently indicted, with one research after another finding a link to consumption of milk, meat, eggs, cheese, cream, butter and vegetable oils. In other words, prostate cancer is linked to a high-fat, meat-based diet. This type of diet boosts the effects of testosterone (which, along with related hormones, stimulate prostate cancer cells), lacks the fibre necessary to sweep carcinogens from the digestive tract, is low in cancer-fighting anti-oxidants, and under high cooking temperatures, the creatine, amino acids and natural sugars can actually turn into cancer-causing chemicals. Additionally, animal products contain plenty of fat to harbour cancer-causing chemicals and to drive up the levels of cancer-promoting hormones in the body.
What’s the answer then, you ask? A plant-based diet! A diet rich in vegetables, fruits, whole grains and legumes is your best defence against developing prostate cancer. This diet is naturally low in fat, high in fibre which sweeps excess testosterone out of the body thereby keeping it at a healthy level, and is rich in antioxidants which help your immune system combat free radical production and fight off cancer.
No, no, no. I am not suggesting that you go vegan or vegetarian. That decision is entirely yours to make. I am suggesting however, that if you are serious about the health of your prostate, you really ought to consider reducing your meat intake. Do you eat meat or meat products two or three times a day? Reduce it to one. If you are accustomed having a half a chicken platter, how about reducing it to a quarter. How about having a meatless day each week?
Additionally, it is important that your diet includes the antioxidant lycopene and excludes dairy products.
Lycopene is the bright red pigment which gives tomatoes, watermelon and pink grapefruit their colour. A Harvard University study showed that consuming two servings of tomato sauce, even if the servings came in the form of pizza sauce, spaghetti sauce or ketchup, reduced a man’s risk of prostate cancer by 23 per cent while 10 or more servings per week resulted in a 35 per cent reduction in risk.
Both a 1997 review published by the World Cancer Research Fund and the American Institute for Cancer Research and two more recent Harvard studies showed that numerous studies have linked dairy product consumption and prostate cancer. It comes as no surprise that milk might affect the growth of cancer cells since its biological purpose is to support rapid growth in all parts of a calf’s body.
Dr. Joel Fuhrman recommends the following strategies for keeping prostate cancer at bay:
a) Eat lots of cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, arugula, Chinese cabbage, cauliflower, etc.), plenty of Allium vegetables (onions, garlic, scallions, chives, shallots), plenty yellow and orange vegetables (carrots, pumpkin, squash, corn, sweet potatoes), and lots of tomatoes
b) Reduce consumption of animal protein and avoid dairy consumption.
c) Request a blood test to confirm vitamin D levels.
d) Avoid supplemental folic acid
e) Take zinc supplements
f) Exercise at least three hours per week
g) Do not rely on PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) screening as a method of early detection.
*You can email your comments or queries to Andria Graham at [email protected]