One out of every nine American men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point in their lives but by adding some healthy prostate-friendly foods to your diet, you may be able to reduce your risk. According to the American Cancer Society, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men, and it’s believed that a high-fat, high-sugar Western-style diet may be contributing to the increased rates of this disease.
While you should see your doctor for regular prostate cancer screening, you can start boosting your prostate health by adding these foods to your diet, according to Healthline:
- Tomatoes are at the top of the list because they contain a powerful antioxidant called lycopene. A review of 11 studies showed that men who ate more tomatoes and tomato-based products, both raw and cooked, may be less likely to develop prostate cancer. And that includes pasta sauce!
- Broccoli contains many complex compounds, including a cancer fighting phytochemical called sulforaphane that selectively targets and kills cancer cells while leaving normal prostate cells healthy and unaffected. Experts say that eating the veggie cooked lightly or raw helps garner the most benefits.
- Legumes and soybeans. Foods such as beans, lentils and peanuts contain active plant compounds called phytoestrogens. Isoflavones are one of these phytoestrogens and experts believe they contain potent cancer-fighting properties. Research conducted by the National Cancer Institute shows a link between soy consumption and reduced levels of prostate-specific antigen or PSA. PSA is a protein produced by your prostate and the PSA test measures the level of PSA in your blood to screen for cancer. Consider swapping your regular burger for a bean burger or adopt Meatless Mondays.
- Pomegranate juice. Pomegranate juice is a rich source of antioxidants and has been often touted as a “miracle” fruit in preventing chronic diseases related to oxidative stress and damage to our cells. Scientists believe that the powerful antioxidants in this red fruit can “seek out and destroy” cancer cells while protecting healthy cells. Drink it plain or dilute with sparkling water for a tasty non-alcoholic cocktail.
- Fish. It’s important to include lots of omega-3 fatty acids in your diet, balanced by some omega-6 fatty acids. The problem with the typical North American diet is that we consume too may omega-6 fatty acids. Omega-3’s are found in fatty fished derived from cold water such as salmon, herring, mackerel, sardines and trout. Try to include at least three servings a week. Cod and flounder are also beneficial and have milder flavors which may be more palatable. And if cost is a factor, canned fish is much less expensive and may be just as healthful in fighting prostate cancer as fresh fish from the monger.