Vegetables in the cruciferous and allium families and other phytonutrient-rich foods may prevent and inhibit cancer cell growth. Orange bell peppers and ground flax seeds seem to be particularly effective against prostate cancer and some types of tea such as green tea and chamomile may also be useful.
Lifestyle changes including the avoidance of eggs, meat (including processed meat, see also here), and dairy products may help with cancer prevention. These healthy changes may also reduce our exposure to dioxins and steroid sex hormones that circulate in our systems and may contribute to tumor growth. Other things that may be helpful to avoid include: licorice, kimchi, and multivitamins with zinc because of their potential cancer-promoting properties. Hormones in milk may contribute to prostate cancer cell growth. Meat and dairy products contain saturated fat and industrial pollutants, and although cutting them out of the diet entirely is the best prevention and treatment for prostate cancer, even modest changes in consumption may improve cancer-free survival rates after treatment.
Dr. Greger covers prostate cancer in his full-length presentation, Uprooting the Leading Causes of Death, where he explores the role diet may play in preventing, treating, and even reversing our top 15 killers.
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