Prostate Health


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 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. Although early detection is a popular concept in oncology, by the time tumors can be detected, they may have been growing for decades. The best prevention against prostate cancer may be to eat a plant-based diet. Broccoli, tomatoes, and coffee may be helpful in the prevention of prostate cancer. And the best prevention is also the best treatment once prostate cancer is detected.

Topic summary contributed by Claire.

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