Here are some diet benchmarks for prostate health
- Ginger is an excellent source of phenols. It contains gingerols, paradols, and shagaols, anticancer compounds, as mentioned in a study published in the Journal of Food and Chemical Toxicology. It provides marked anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antiproliferative properties.
A number of additional studies have also confirmed that ginger is extremely effective at killing prostate, ovarian and cervical cancer cells. Moreover, some believe that the anti-cancer properties of ginger are even stronger than chemotherapy.
- Vegetables of the cruciferous family for its isothyocians and their other antioxidants: such as broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, kale, kohlrabi, radish watercress, leeks, onions, garlic, etc.
- Increase the intake of vitamin E such as: whole grains, vegetable oils, wheat germ, nuts, margarine.
- Opt for products rich in zinc such as: peas, brown rice, beans, almonds, barley, oats, pumpkin seeds.
- crustaceans and molluscs, pumpkin seeds, such as pine nuts, pecans, fish and eggs
- Take essential fatty acids (EFAs), which may help reduce inflammation inside the prostate: fish and vegetable oil that are rich in omega-3s.
- Increase your intake of lycopene such as: tomatoes (cooked) in particular, pink grapefruit, watermelon.
- Avoid saturated fats.
- Limit your alcohol intake to reduce any inflammatory processes.
- Lower the risk of inflammation by reducing or avoiding the consumption of alcohol, coffee and refined sugars. Smoking is also an important cause of inflammation.
- Drink a lot: in order to properly clean the bladder avoiding doing it with coffee, alcohols or beer. Replace them with fruit juices to increase your intake of antioxidants especially vitamin C.
- Avoid being overweight.
- Kristal AR et al. American Journal of Epidemiology 2008; doi: 10. 1093/ye/kwn389
- Bravi BF et al. Food groups and risk of benign prostatic hypertrophy Urology, 2006, vol. 67, pp. 73—79.
*Prostate cancer and foods to consume in great moderation