Thursday, December 2

Prostate Cancer: 5 Natural Ways to Lower Your Risk

Experts recommend increasing the consumption of foods rich in lycopenes (specifically tomatoes), omega-3 fatty acids, green tea, fruits, vegetables, spices such as turmeric and ginger.

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One of the most worrisome men’s health conditions today is prostate cancer. The American Cancer Society estimates that men with prostate cancer have a 99% 5-year survival rate. Although it is a delicate disease that can have serious consequences for the quality of life and is even a cause of death: it is a condition that can be prevented by making lifestyle adjustments. Therefore, maintaining a healthy weight, doing physical activity, eating lots of fruits, vegetables, and foods with anti-inflammatory properties, is the key to prevention. Based on this, we undertook the task of collect some basic recommendations endorsed by experts to lower the risk of prostate cancer naturally.

Prostate cancer occurs due to the uncontrolled growth of cells in the prostate, which is a gland in the male reproductive organs that produces fluid that is part of semen. It is located just below the bladder and surrounds the urethra, the tube that urine passes through as it leaves the body. Besides cancer, there are other antecedents that announce alterations such as an enlarged prostate, a condition that means the gland has gotten bigger and happens to almost all men as they get older. According to information released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), after skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common type among American men. In fact, it is estimated that last year 174,650 men were diagnosed with prostate cancer in the United States and approximately 60% of the cases were men over 65 years of age.

Taking into account that the cases of prostate cancer in the world are increasing, every day it is more relevant to integrate sustainable prevention measures and we all know that the best ally of health is food. Discover 5 natural ways to integrate into everyday habits, which decrease the risk of developing prostate cancer and also improve male sexual health.

1. Eat more soy products

It has been proven that Adding soy products to the diet can reduce the risk of developing prostate cancer. The main reason is its content in isoflavones, which are a chemical compound with great anti-inflammatory properties and which are found in a much higher proportion in soy products: tofu, soy milk and miso. In addition, there are other wonderful natural sources of isaflavones, which also benefit health: chickpeas, alfalfa and beans. According to a 2016 study, isoflavones could benefit health in several ways, including protection against prostate cancer The reason? To grow, prostate cells depend on the male hormone testosterone and isoflavones to offer protection to the increase estrogen-like activity in the body and decrease testosterone levels. The medical community currently maintains that increasing the consumption of foods rich in isaflovones plays an important protective role in prevention.

Soy milk / Photo: Pxhere

2. Increase the consumption of omega-3 fatty acids

In recent months one of the most relevant dietary recommendations is to increase the consumption of omega-3 fatty acids and the main reason is related to their anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, which provide great anti-cancer qualities. Specifically, there are studies in which it has been shown that following a Mediterranean diet integrating the consumption of healthy fats has the ability to reduce the risk of prostate cancer and especially its progression. So eating more fatty fish and other foods rich in omega-3 is not only a great preventive measure, in those who suffer from the disease it can reduce their aggressiveness and the risk of death. There is a study in which it was found that men who follow this type of diet, have lower levels of pro-inflammatory substances (eicosanoids), compared to those who follow a typical western diet. Betting on the consumption of fatty fish, shellfish, nuts, flax seeds, chia seeds, soybeans and avocado, is essential. They are foods that exert protective properties and are a great ally to reduce prostate enlargement.

omega 3
Omega-3./Foto: Shutterstock

3. Eat more tomatoes and foods rich in lycopenes

Lycopenes are powerful antioxidants found in a wide range of pink and red fruits and vegetables. According to a recent study published in the journal Nutrition and Cancer, lycopene is linked to great benefits in fighting prostate cancer and it also reduces the symptoms of the main conditions related to the functioning of the prostate. That is why one of the main dietary recommendations is to increase the consumption of tomatoes, which are one of the foods with the highest lycopene content. This substance is found in other foods such as grapefruits, strawberries, red peppers, papaya, and watermelons. According to an essay conducted by the University of Hohenheim in Germany, its daily and recurrent consumption inhibits the growth of BPH. The recommendation of the specialists is to bet on integrating these products into the daily diet in a natural way, a good remedy to start the day is to drink fresh tomato, pomegranate or grapefruit juice. Also, prepare homemade tomato soup and sauce and consume pink and red fruits such as strawberries, watermelon, papaya, raspberries and strawberries as a snack. What’s more, have the virtue of being light, low in calories and they provide numerous essential nutrients that benefit other aspects of health by strengthening the immune system.

Dehydrated tomatoes
Dehydrated tomatoes /Photo./Pixabay

4. Integrate the consumption of ginger and turmeric

These are the two spices with the greatest medicinal potential on record. Let’s start with ginger, although it is very popular for its digestive, slimming and cleansing properties, The active compound in ginger, gingerol, gives it immense anti-inflammatory properties. Specifically, it has been shown to be a great ally in inhibiting the growth of prostate cancer and promoting the death of prostate cancer cells. Thanks to its powerful antioxidants, it is very effective in reducing free radicals in the body, and this gives it great anti-tumor qualities. There is a study by Georgia State University, in which its ability to shrink tumors in the prostate was proven; more specifically, the consumption of ginger extract can reduce the size of tumors by up to 56%. For its part, turmeric root is a spice that also belongs to the ginger family, which has been used for centuries in Asian cuisine and as a powerful food-medicine. Recently, scientific research has shown that The consumption of turmeric in the male diet can help prevent, control and treat prostate cancer. Its active compound called curcumin, is the substance responsible for most of its therapeutic properties. It is a very powerful substance, responsible for the intense and characteristic yellow color of turmeric and is considered the best ally for prevent inflammation related to an enlarged prostate and it is also a great ally in blocking cancer-causing molecules.

ginger tea
Ginger infusion./Photo: Shutterstock

5. Drink green tea daily

By now we all know that green tea is simply one of nature’s most powerful and medicinal foods. It has numerous and recognized scientific references that prove its health benefits, among which its digestive, slimming, cardioprotective and anticancer properties stand out. According to a small study published in Therapeutic Advances in Urology, they have been shown Promising Results Using Green Tea and Black Tea Extracts to Treat Lower Urinary Tract Symptom Pain. Based on this, it has been positioned as a good supplement to improve prostate health since its recurrent consumption: reduces urinary pain, hesitation and frequency, three aspects that significantly benefit those who suffer from an enlarged prostate. Experts recommend integrating 2 to 4 cups of green tea into your daily routine, and its powerful antioxidants are related to other health benefits.

Green tea
Té verde./Fuente: Shutterstock

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