Living Healthy: What Can I Eat for Prostate Health?
A diet that keeps your prostate healthy is much like a diet that’s good for your overall health -especially a heart healthy diet. Studies suggest that eating vegetables, certain fruits and fish may help protect against prostate problems, including prostate cancer. Eating these foods may also help protect against diseases such as heart disease and diabetes.
Foods that may help protect your prostate include:
Cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, cabbage, bok choy, kale, cauliflower and brussel sprouts. These vegetables contain high amounts of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. They also contain phytochemicals. These compounds protect cells from damage caused by environmental toxins and the body’s natural chemical processes.
Berries, such as strawberries, blackberries, blueberries and raspberries. These are a great source of antioxidants, which are molecules that can help your body fight off harmful free radicals. These molecules are linked to reducing cancer, diabetes and other health conditions.
Fish, such as salmon, sardines, herring, trout and mackerel. These fatty fish contain healthful omega-3 fatty acids. These “good fats” don’t trigger inflammation the way fat from red meat does.
Tomatoes, which contain the powerful antioxidant lycopene. Some studies suggest that lycopene may help reduce the risk of prostate cancer. Cooking tomatoes makes it easier for the body to access lycopene and send it to the prostate. Tomato paste, spaghetti sauce, sun-dried tomatoes and tomato juice are all good sources of lycopene.
Green tea, which is a good source of antioxidants. Some research suggests special compounds in green tea may reduce the risk of prostate cancer.
Legumes, such as beans, peanuts and lentils. Legumes contain plant compounds called phytoestrogens. These are compounds that may help stop tumor growth in the prostate.
Research also suggests there are foods you should eat or drink less of to protect your prostate.
Red meat. Some studies suggest eating red meat on a regular basis may raise your risk of prostate cancer. Limit beef, pork, lamb, and processed meats such as bologna and hot dogs.
Dairy products. Regular eating or drinking of dairy has been linked to a higher risk of an enlarged prostate.
By eating more vegetables, berries and fish, and consuming less red meat and dairy, you’ll be helping to protect and strengthen your prostate as well as the rest of your body.
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