Prostate Cancer Awareness Month is all about making sure you’re aware and informed.
- 29,00 men will die of this disease each year
- 1 in 7 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime
- Prostate cancer is the 2nd leading cause of cancer death of U.S. men
- If diagnosed early the 5 year survival rate is almost 100%
There is good news – a diet rich in certain vitamins and minerals can help lower your risk of BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia) and keep your prostate healthy. A healthy diet may also help lower your weight, which is another risk factor for BPH.
- Avocados – rich in beta-sitosterol, a plant sterol which helps reduce symptoms associated with BPH. It can also strengthen the immune system and reduce inflammation and pain. Pecans, pumpkin seeds, soybeans and wheat germ are also rich in beta-sitosterol.
- Bell peppers – rich in vitamin C. Studies show only vitamin C obtained from vegetables seem to offer a benefit to prostate health. Or try broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower and kale.
- Salmon – rich in omega-3 fatty acids will also help fight agains cardiovascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis and cancer. Not a fish fan, get omega-3’s from walnuts, ground flax seeds, canola oil and kidney beans.
- Sesame Seeds – rich in zinc have been show to be essential to prostate health. A simple and easy snack food. Oysters, adzuki beans, pumpkin seeds and almonds are also high in zinc.
- Tofu – soybean isoflavones have been linked to a lower risk for an enlarged prostate and possibly reduce risk of developing prostate cancer. Try low-fat soy milk, tempeh, roasted soybeans and soy yogurt for alternative sources of these isoflavones.
- Tomatoes – rich in lycopene may lower the risk of developing prostate cancer. Lycopene is also obtained by eating apricots, papaya, pink grapefruit and watermelon
- Vegetables – overall consumption of vegetables will help lower your risk of BPH. Leafy green vegetables are rich in antioxidants; cruciferous vegetables are also beneficial in helping reduce your cancer risk. Onions and garlic are frequently used in natural medicine to fight infection and help strengthen the immune system.