With over one-in-seven men predicted to suffer from prostate cancer, at some point in their lives, it’s never been more important to look after ourselves and look into the ways that we can protect ourselves from suffering from this disease.
With increasing scientific and medical advances being made in the field of cancer research, and prostate cancer specifically, this disease is now very treatable if caught early enough. However the age-old saying of ‘prevention is better than the cure’ is never more relevant than when it comes to our health. So with that in mind, today we are sharing the best foods that you should be integrating into your diet for a healthy prostate.
Soy is the new entry onto the list of top foods for fighting prostate cancer. Although more scientific research is needed to find out it’s exact effect on the prostate it has been found to help slow down the growth of prostate cancer and help make sure it doesn’t return after treatment.
Red Fruit & Tomatoes
Red fruit and vegetables all contain a chemical called lycopene which is known as a powerful antioxidant for helping the body fight cancer and more specifically, prostate cancer. Tomatoes are particularly potent in lycopene and when cooked tomatoes release five times more of the antioxidant than they would provide if they were raw. So get cooking up tomato based dishes, like spaghetti bolognese or even just roasted to put on top of a tasty, fresh salad. Or maybe try making a delicious home made tomato soup and enjoying a few bowls a week to make sure you are getting your recommended weekly fix of that all important lycopene.
Once you’ve fiddled around a little and got the hard work, of preparing a pomegranate, out of the way this delicious fruit is well worth the graft. They are packed full of health-boosting vitamins, including anti-inflammatory properties which are proven to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s and protect against prostate tumors.
Turn to the Greens
Vegetables like broccoli, spinach, cabbage, kale and sprouts are now top contenders in the fight against prostate cancer. This group of green vegetables, otherwise known as ‘cruciferous’ vegetables are really powerful vegetables for slowing down the growth of prostate cancer. We all know the benefits fresh, green vegetables bring to our lives, so prostate aside, the veggies, with all their antioxidant power play a huge part in improving our health overall and preventing all varieties of cancer.
What to Avoid
So it’s just as important to know what to avoid as it is to know what we should be eating. Salt can result in many different health problems and is usually within the top three of nutritionists lists of what to avoid. Anymore than 6 mg of salt a day is considered too much sodium in a person’s diet. Anything more can result in high blood pressure. Too much salt is also considered one of the biggest contributing factors to a stroke and has also been linked to an increased risk of prostate cancer. So keep your sodium intake to a minimum.
Alcohol is a big irritant of the bladder so if you want to keep your prostate in tip top condition consider limiting your intake of alcohol. Alcohol can also affect your overall digestion which can be directly linked to the health of your prostate which is another good reason alcohol should be reduced as much as possible.
Red meat does seem to have a hard time when it comes to discussions of health, but it really fits into the same brackets as alcohol. It’s not something you need to cut out completely but is something that needs to consumed in moderation. Red meat offers some considerable health benefits (as does a nice glass of red wine, of course), as it’s an important source of protein and iron, so it absolutely can be enjoyed as part of a balanced diet.
Seek Medical Attention
As you get older the need for regular prostate examinations becomes more and more important. So if you haven’t already scheduled a prostate screening with your doctor make sure you organise one as soon as possible. This is not an area in a man’s life that can be ignored as undiagnosed prostate tumours become increasingly difficult to treat the longer they go undetected and therefore undiagnosed. If you are nervous about this examination, talk to your doctor or find more information here: https://www.cancer.org/latest-news/prostate-cancer-screening-faq.html.
Top Medical Treatment
If your doctor does find cancerous tissue in your prostate, stay calm and listen to the treatments that your doctor recommends. The world of medicine has never been more advanced and the medical treatments now available to cure prostate cancer are proving to be incredibly effective. One of the most advanced treatments for the eradication of prostate cancer is HIFU, which stands for ‘High Intensity Focused Ultrasound.
This revolutionary treatment, which can be read about in more detail at, https://comprehensive-urology.com/high-intensity-focused-ultrasound/, is a non aggressive treatment with non of the side-effects historically associated with treatments for prostate cancer. The HIFU probe is inserted into the rectum, placed alongside the cancerous cells and is then heated to 100 degrees, for three seconds, which sends high intensity ultrasound wave to the cancerous cells until they can no longer survive. The procedure takes around one to four hours and no other area of the body is affected. If you are interested in learning more about the procedures surrounding prostate cancer ask your doctor to talk you through them in more detail.
Try to see how many of the above foods you can integrate into your diet. Build them in gradually and try building them into your weekly shop, little by little until you are enjoying them as part of a healthy diet. Experiment with these foods in interesting recipes and enjoy the health benefits that they bring. Bringing the above foods into your life will be a strong way to actively keep your body strong, improve your general well being and you will be taking practical steps in fighting diseases and illnesses.