Prevent And Cure Prostate Problems With Natural Prostate Health

Natural Prostate Health

How do men accomplish natural prostate health since Western men over 50 have a 50% chance of developing prostate cancer sometime in their lives?

You may ask how this high incidence of disease occurs in men.

Well, lifestyle, environmental, hormonal and genetic factors can combine to lead to the chemical imbalances that can cause prostate problems including prostate cancer.

Dietary changes can help, such as:

1. Calorie restriction

2. High antioxidant intake

3. Avoidance of dairy products due to their hormone content

4. Low saturated fats

5. Adequate essential fats from nuts seeds and their oils

Calorie Restriction May Well Prolong Your Life!

Studies on calorie restriction in laboratory animals show that calorie restriction prolongs life and reduces cancer.

A Harvard Medical School showed dramatic reduction in the rate of growth of prostate tumors transplanted into rats that ate a reduced calorie diet; with a 62% lower tumor weight, when compared with rats eating a normal diet.

In Okinawa, which boasts one of the longest living human populations in the world, where a higher than usual percentage of people live to the ripe old age of 100 years or more, calorie restriction known as hara hachi bu “eat until you are only 80% full” sees the elders consume on average 1200 calories per day.

This number of calories would not suffice a very active young person, but a relatively active elderly person would find this quite adequate. Their low calorie intake definitely contributes to Okinawa centenarians’ healthy longevity.

Interestingly the average American male eats 3,500 calories a day – nearly twice as many as the average mainland Japanese male and three times more than Okinawa elders.

Correspondingly, the death rate from prostate cancer of American men is many times that of Japanese and Okinawa men.

A possible major reason for this is that high caloric intake, especially from carbohydrates, raises both Insulin and the Insulin-like Growth Factor 1 (IGF1). And elevated levels of Insulin and IGF1 increase the rate of cell division that leads to increased growth of prostate cancer cells.

In addition to eating foods with far less calories than American males, Asian men derive several other advantages from their diets that promote natural prostate health. These include an abundance of antioxidant rich fruit and vegetables, phytoestrogens from soy and DHA from fish – all great for promoting natural prostate health.

Consume Abundant Amounts Of Antioxidants

Many metals rust and corrode when exposed to the oxygen in the air. This oxidation process takes place in our bodies as well. Charged particles, called free radicals, formed by oxidation, damage DNA and increase the risk of cancers including prostate cancer.

Neutralizing free radicals reduces the risk of prostate and other cancers.

Micro nutrients found in fruits and vegetables and some legumes act as antioxidants. These include commonly known vitamins such as vitamins A, C, D, E and beta carotene.

Other antioxidants include lycopene, selenium, silmarin, allium rich garlic, stearic acid rich dark chocolate, phytoestrogen rich soy, herbs such as saw palmetto and TCM (Traditional Chinese medicines) . Let’s now look at how some of these affect natural prostate health.

Eat Vitamin E Rich Foods

Well known for its antioxidant properties, Vitamin E is composed of eight different compounds.

Alpha tocopherol, the most well known of these, is the one generally supplied in a vitamin E supplements.

Recently though the vitamin E component known as gamma tocopherol, has been shown to play an important role in prostate cancer prevention.

Gamma tocopherol (but not alpha tocopherol) has the ability to reduce inflammation by inhibiting cycloooxygenase (COX-2) activity, and in this way contributes to natural prostate health.

High doses of Alpha tocopherol reduce serum levels of gamma tocopherol so supplementing vitamin E in mixed tocopherols heavily weighted towards gamma tocopherol ( 400 iu per day) makes great sense as does eating foods rich in gamma tocopherol such as fresh nuts and seeds, especially sesame seeds.

Get Sufficient Amounts Of Vitamin D For Good Health

Vitamin D3 has a regulatory effect in reprogramming malignant cells,and suppoprts natural prostate health.

Vitamin D forms on the skin in the presence of sunlight. Walking in the sun while exposing some skin will help in providing the body with vitamin D. Sunscreen blocks vitamin D’s production.

You need direct sun exposure, 15 minutes a day will suffice. If you live in a climate where sun exposure during certain times of year proves tricky, take vitamin D3 supplements, especially if you have dark skin, in a dose of 1,000- 4,000 IU vitamin D3 per day.

Up Your Amount Of Lycopene Rich Foods

Several dramatic studies have shown that this potent fat soluble carotenoid found mainly in tomato products has powerful protective effects on the prostate.

Lycopene makes up about 50% of total carotenoid in human blood. The prostate, testes and adrenal glands have the highest concentrations of lycopene in the body.

Men with prostate cancer tend to have low lycopene intake and low lycopene serum levels. Keep your lycopene levels high by eating lots of tomato products especially tomato paste and puree and reduced sugar tomato and BBQ sauces, used in cooking. Because lycopene is fat soluble take your tomatoes with a little oil.

Extra virgin olive oil makes an excellent choice. “What’s for dinner tonight, Mama?” “Spaghetti sauce – yeah delicimo!”

Phytoestrogens Have Been Shown To Fight Prostate Cancer

Phytoestrogens are plant derived nutrients with weak estrogenic effect. They are found in significant quantities in soy.

The isoflavones genistein and diadzein found in most soy products have been shown in epidemiological, laboratory, and animal studies, to be active against prostate cancer.

In addition to calorie restriction mentioned above high consumption of soy based products may account for the success of Japanese men and Okinawa elders in avoiding prostate cancer. Ninety percent of these are flavones come from three foods prevalent in the diets of these men:

1. Miso- soy bean paste

2. Natto- fermented soybeans

3. Tofu- soybean curd

Fermentation releases these isoflavones from the fiber of the bean making them more available for the body to absorb. Unfortunately soy sauce, though a fermented soy food, contains little of the goodness we are talking about, so if you thought that dousing your food in soy sauce would suffice as prostate protection, think again.

Interestingly, a large Norwegian study found that soymilk even though it doesn’t have the same level of isoflavones as miso, natto and tofu was found to lower the risk of prostate cancer.

And a large international study involving 59 countries found that calorie for calorie soy had the greatest effect of any food on reducing prostate cancer. In fact soy has been proven so far to be more effective than any other factor.

Now let’s review briefly some other nutritional factors that can help with natural prostate health:

Up Your Calcium Intake

High calcium intake increases the risk of advanced prostate cancer, so avoiding milk products makes sense. If you take milk, cheese or yogurt be sure to increase your consumption of lycopene rich tomato products which seems to have some compensation for the effect of dairy.

Reduce Your Saturated Fat Intake

Diets high in saturated fats from red meat and dairy products correlate with a large increase in prostate cancer death. In the US cows and chicken are routinely fed hormones to stimulate growth and antibiotics to reduce infection. Consuming growth stimulating hormones puts men with prostate cancer at greater risk because the cancer grows more rapidly when exposed to them.

So reduce fats from meat, dairy, and junk or trans fats from hydrogenated oils found in margarines and other packaged foods.

Reduce consumption of alpha linoleic fatty acids found in meat and flax. Flax is good for preventing come cancers, but not prostate cancer. Avoid linolenic acid found in corn , safflower, and soybean oils. Soy bean products that are low in fat such as light soymilk or light tofu have compensatory benefits because of their phytoestorgen content.

Not All Fats And Oils Are Bad?

Olive Oil:

Olive oil high in monounsaturated fat makes a better choice than polyunsaturated and saturated oils and fats. Walnut, avocado, macadamia nuts and their oils make good choices.

Fish and Fish Oils:

Fish and fish oils contain DHA that may inhibit an enzyme called protein kinase C. The deactivation of this enzyme causes prostate cancer cell death, and reduces inflammation associated with cancer growth.

Wild salmon, mackerel, anchovies, tuna, cod, swordfish and halibut contain high concentrations of DHA. Vegans who eat no animal products can obtain DHA from algae derived sources and take as a supplement.

The Best Diet For Natural Prostate Health:

In summary an abundance of vegetables, fruit, beans, legumes especially soy, nuts, seeds, particularly sesame, and their cold pressed oils, some whole grains, fish and top quality fish oils, form the back bone of a diet that promotes natural prostate health.

What If You Can’t Live Without Meat or Dairy?

If you are healthy (i.e. no active prostate cancer), eat the leanest cuts of meat that you can find. Wild meat like venison is ideal. Eat low fat dairy and remember to partner them with lycopene rich tomato products.

Other Factors That Affect Natural Prostate Health

According to various researchers, these activities and attitudes will impact positively on your health:

1. Stretching – including yoga and tai chi

2. Regular enjoyable exercise

3. Embracing love and joy

4. Meditation

Not a bad a formula for adding healthy years to your life and life to your years – go for it!

Imelda Despres
 

Imelda Despres is our writer for the Baby, Health and Beauty categories. She was a nutritionist for 5 years before joining the InsideReviewed.com team. When she's not researching, she enjoys weekend getaways with her family at the lake.

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