More than three quarters of all cases of prostate cancer are diagnosed in guys over 65. Which says one in four times it strikes guys younger though. Sometimes much younger.
But you can say some are more prone to this disease than others. For instance Asians are less so while those with roots in Africa more so. Yet despite what your family history or ancestry might suggest you can reduce your prostate cancer risk. Which is to say prostate problems for you are not inevitable.
Believe it or not, regardless of your genetic background there are prostate protecting foods that have been found to lower the odds of you developing the second leading cause of cancer death in this country however.
But before we look at some things you can eat, there’s another thing guys can do to lower their prostate cancer risk. Drop the weight. There are studies that suggest those who put on pounds early in life and keep them on are more apt to be struck down by prostate cancer. To make it worse theirs tends to be more aggressive. So you can add this to the many reasons to keep the weight off, no?
Okay now let’s focus on four foods that not only may help protect you against prostate cancer, they will also help with that weight thing too. Because overall the plan should be to put less meat and less saturated fat on your plate while piling on the fruits and veggies.
One food that should be high on your list is anything tomato based. From fresh to sauce. Even pizza sauce counts. The super ingredient found in tomatoes is lycopene. Which is a powerful antioxidant found in abundance in them. Get enough tomato type products into your diet and you’re doing your prostate a big favor. Maybe slashing your risk of developing prostate cancer by possibly one third.
Then how often do you eat peas? Five times a week has been shown to make a difference with prostate health. That frequency has been linked to lower incidence of disease. So you may want to learn to love your peas too.
An emerging power food may be pomegranate. So drinking pomegranate juice every day may make a difference too as it is also high in antioxidants. Which as was mentioned before are likely beneficial and offer some form of cancer protection.
Tofu is a turn off for many but those wishing to avoid prostate problems may want to learn to like it as much as peas. Why? One study found regular intake cuts your risk by 30%. Which means it should make the list of power foods too.
Produce is powerful stuff. Good for you. Good for your prostate. So just because you have a history of prostate issues in your family doesn’t doom you to a bleak future. Your lifestyle, weight and most especially your diet can go a long way towards determining the likelihood of how things play out.