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5 Foods To Keep Away From Prostate Cancer Naturally

posted on 9/22/2016 Facebook Facebook

Prostate cancer is the second most frequently diagnosedcancer in men worldwide and the fifth most common cancer overall as stated in apaper published in the Indian Journal of Urology. Prostate cancer is the rapidand uncontrolled growth of cells in the prostate gland, a small gland found inmales, which responsible for the secretion of a fluid which nourishes andprotects the semen.

The oldest and the most common test used to screen forprostate cancer is a rectal exam which is not only uncomfortable but alsodiscouraging for many men. About one in five men say that uncomfortable bodyexams like this rectal screening keep them from making an annual appointmentwith a doctor. Prostate cancer is unique among cancers in that most forms arequite treatable with billions of men across the world, living with or survivedthe disease.

We now know that our genes can greatly influence our risk ofdeveloping cancer. Several genes have been linked to an increased risk ofaggressive prostate cancer. The most recent publication in the journal The Lancet Oncology stated that men withaggressive prostate cancer have shorter average survival times when they have aspecific variant in a gene (HSD3B1) related to testosterone synthesis. Geneticinformation can help the doctors to determine which patients truly need surgeryor androgen deprivation therapy often associated with unwanted side effects.

If you’re a man and worried about your risk, it would beadvisable to start looking at prevention strategies. There hasn’t been adefinitive evidence of a particular diet which can prevent prostate cancer, butdiets rich in fruits and vegetables are known to lower the risk. Keeping thisin mind, we list out five super foods which can keep prostate cancer away.

1. Tomatoes
A rich source of a phytochemical called lycopene which has a positive effect againstprostate cancer, men who include tomatoes, raw or cooked were found to be at alower risk of prostate cancer. Include a bit of fat with your tomato dishes asit helps to absorb the lycopene better.

2. Cruciferousvegetables
Experts agree on the fact that eating cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower,cabbage and kale is one of the most effective ways to fight prostate cancer.Due to the presence of many rich antioxidants, protective phytochemicals andfiber, these vegetables should have a regular fixture in your diet.

3.Fish
Seafood such as fish has always been a popular dietary option because of theomega acids it offers. Omega-3s and Omega-6s which are fatty acids have beenfound to help and prevent the progression of prostate cancer. Try to includefishes like salmon, trout and sardines in your diet.

4.Green Tea
A popular drink largely amongst the health aficionados, green tea has achieved apristine reputation and rightfully so. According to a study, increasing the frequency,duration and quantity of green tea consumption can lower the adenocarcinoma(type of cancerous tumor) of the prostate.

 

5.Walnuts
A study published in the Journal of Medicinal Foodhighlighted that eating walnuts can slow the growth of prostate cancersignificantly. Walnuts are rich in omega-3 fats which along with a host ofother compounds makes them a great food to fight prostate cancer.

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