I know that it can be hard to prevent prostate cancer naturally. The truth is, there are many factors that you cannot control – genetics being one of them.
But don’t worry! That doesn’t mean you should give up on prevention altogether. There are some things you can do in your everyday life to prevent prostate cancer naturally.
Many ways can help prevent prostate cancer, but some are natural. These include maintaining a healthy weight, exercising, and eating fruits and vegetables.
The most common type of cancer for men in America is prostate cancer. And it’s not usually fatal, but it can be if you don’t get treatment soon enough.
The American Cancer Society says that men with prostate cancer have a 5-year survival rate of 99%.
How to prevent prostate cancer naturally
It’s impossible to prevent prostate cancer, but it is possible to reduce a person’s risk. This can be done by following a diet with less red meat and more vegetables and fruits, being physically active, and not smoking or drinking alcohol.
Most natural methods of reducing this risk are safe if you follow a doctor’s instructions and do not react to them.
If you try to reduce your risks in other ways, you are less likely to work without a healthy diet and exercise.
A study found that some drugs can reduce the risk of cancer. People should be careful, though, because a side effect is that they can cause cancer.
Natural foods to prevent prostate cancer
Scientists are looking into drugs and natural remedies that may reduce the risk of cancer. This includes aspirin and finasteride (Proscar), and dutasteride (Avodart).
Some scientists think that there are natural remedies to help with prostate cancer. These cures have been studied in the lab. One of these cures is saw palmetto.
It is helpful, but it does not cure prostate cancer. Below are some other common remedies that may help with prostate cancer risk, but they have not been proven yet in the lab.
Pygeum africanum (Prunus africana or Rosaceae) is an African prune (plum) found in Africa that has been used to prevent prostate disorders, including BPH. Recently, the phytotherapeutic preparations of Pygeum africanum and Saw palmetto have been marketed for prostate problems.
These are not drugs but natural substances found in plants used by doctors to help people with their health problems.
This plant has been tested to see if it fights cancer. So far, it seems like it might be good because cells and mice with cancer get better when they take this plant.
In tissue culture, scientists looked at how extracts of Pygeum africanum (a plant) affect the growth of prostate cancer cells. They found that by giving mice extracts from this plant, they could lower the number of prostate cancers that occur in those mice.
Pygeum africanum is a tree found in Europe and the US. There is evidence that it can help treat some prostate problems. It also has properties that help reduce the risk of developing prostate cancer.
One supplement containing Pygeum africanum and other potent ingredients to help with prostate health is Prostateflo.
A powerful natural food that may help prevent prostate cancer is green tea. Tea comes from the Camellia sinensis plant and processed to become green tea, black tea, or oolong tea is made. Then, green tea leaves are steamed and dried.
The substances in green tea studied in medical tests are polyphenols which help protect cells from damage. Polyphenols come in many different forms, including catechins, which make up most of the polyphenols in green tea.
Green tea can have a lot of catechins. This makes it hard to identify what chemical factors are linked to the health benefits of green tea. But some studies suggest that drinking green tea can protect against heart and blood vessel disease.
Some people have been studying if drinking green tea can help prevent or treat prostate cancer. In some cases, it makes PSA levels go down or reduces the risk of having prostate cancer. But we still don’t know whether it will work for everyone, and there isn’t enough evidence to know for sure yet.
In two other trials, men who were at high risk of prostate cancer (high-grade prostatic intraepithelial neoplasia [HGPIN]) and took green tea catechins had less prostate cancer than those who took a placebo.
A new trial found that those taking green tea catechins for one year had lower PSA levels (a sign of prostate cancer) than those who did not take green tea.
Overall, these findings suggest that green tea catechins might lower PSA levels and help people have less prostate cancer if they are at high risk.
Like green tea, pomegranates are a good source of antioxidants. Drinking pomegranate juice is healthy because it has a lot of antioxidants in it. Antioxidants can help prevent diseases where the body has too much oxidative stress.
Pomegranate juice and some of its bioactive components may help stop prostate cancer cells from growing.
Animal studies have found that pomegranate juice and extract stop the production of some prostate cancer cells. More research, studies, examinations need to be done on humans, but it is promising.
Isoflavones are a chemical compound in soybeans. These compounds in soybeans have anti-inflammatory properties in your body. The foods with the highest concentration of isoflavones are soybean products, including:
- soy milk
A study from 2016 found that isoflavones could help your health in many ways, including helping to protect you from prostate cancer. The medical community believes that while isoflavones cannot cure or prevent the disease, they can play a protective role.
In 2016, researchers published a review of 105 different studies that found out how coffee affects cancer.
They found that coffee might make people less likely to get prostate cancer. This is because it has antioxidant abilities.
Coffee contains chlorogenic acids which give it its antioxidant properties. However, the coffee loses chlorogenic acid after being roasted (changes color to brown).
Coffee beans are normally green before roasting. To receive the highest amount of chlorogenic acid, it is advised to take green coffee bean extract.
Lycopene is a plant-made red coloring or carotenoid. It mixes with or dissolves in fats. Lycopene helps plants not be stressed by light, and it allows them to use the sun’s energy to make nutrients.
Tomatoes, apricots, guavas, and watermelons contain lycopene.
But, the primary source of lycopene in the United States is tomato-based products like tomato paste and puree that are easier for people’s bodies to use than raw tomatoes are.
Some studies have found that lycopene, a substance in foods like tomatoes, is linked to a lower risk of prostate cancer. However, other studies did not find this link.
In a review from 2016, it was found that eating tomatoes reduce your risk of prostate cancer, but more research needs to be done.
People did reviews in the years 2015 and 2017. They were looking at two different things. One was lycopene in the diet, and one was lycopene levels in the blood.
Both studies found that higher lycopene intake and higher blood levels of lycopene were linked with lower prostate cancer risk.
A study was done in 2006 that examined males who took part in the National Cancer Institute’s Prostate Cancer Screening Trial found no link between lycopene and tomatoes in the diet and prostate cancer risk.
However, higher amounts of lycopene were linked with a lower risk of developing prostate cancer for people who has a family history of the disease.
Polyunsaturated fats are not made by the body. They are only found in food. They include omega-3s and omega-6s.
The Western diet has more omega-6 fatty acids than omega-3s. Eating foods with a balance of both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids is linked to better health. You can find it in fish, nuts, or seeds.
Some reports have found that if people eat more omega-3 fats, their risk of getting high-grade prostate cancer goes down. More research is needed, though, especially with human studies.
Fatty fish have a lot of healthy stuff in it. You should eat fatty fish from cold water to increase your omega 3 intake. These include:
- Mackerels Sardines
Vitamin D can be found in many different foods. Find it in fatty fish, fish liver oil, and eggs. Vitamin D can also be mixed with dairy products.
Vitamin D does many things in the body – it helps the body absorb calcium from food, improves muscle strength and immune system function.
Vitamin D also lowers inflammation (which is an irritation that happens when anything touches something else), balances levels of calcium and phosphate in the blood, helps with bone growth (so bones don’t break easily) and protects against osteoporosis (a condition where you lose lots of bone).
The vitamin D level is usually checked by measuring how much 25-hydroxyvitamin D there is in your blood.
A study found that men with low levels of sun exposure had an increased risk of prostate cancer and advanced disease.
A lifestyle that includes exercise and eating healthy food can help reduce the risk of prostate cancer and improve health in men. But you should still get regular checkups and screenings with a doctor.
You can’t stop prostate cancer, but you can lower the risk by eating natural ingredients that show positive results.
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