These 5 superfoods can keep you safe from prostate cancer

This Prostate Health Pyramid and Transition Diet tips is a great way to keep your risks to minimal.

According to World Health Organisation (WHO) statistics, 8 in 10 men globally are diagnosed with an enlarged prostate and 1 in 10 carry the risk of being diagnosed with prostate cancer. These alarming numbers are mainly attributed to poor diet and lifestyle dominating the world today, making it clear that prostate health can be easily improved by changing food and lifestyle habits. Here are eight symptoms of prostate cancer that every man should know!

In an attempt to study the role of diet and nutrition in prostate health, researchers at the Institution of Cancer Prevention invented a groundbreaking Prostate Health Pyramid and Transition Diet for prevention of prostate related problems [1]. Here are some food groups recommended by experts for a healthy prostate.

Fibre rich foods: Fibrous foods top the list of desirable foods for a healthy prostate gland and form the foundation of the recommended expert diet. Both soluble and insoluble fibre prevents carcinogenic activity in prostate cells and also prevents polyp formation. Water-soluble fibre sources include fruits like apples and citrus fruits, vegetables like carrots and potatoes, and legumes like beans and peas. Barley, oats and rice bran are also fairly good sources of soluble fibre. Insoluble fibre sources include vegetables like fenugreek, spinach, broccoli, green beans and fruits like strawberries, bananas and pears. Here are 10 reasons why everyone should include fibre-rich foods in their diet.

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Fruits and vegetables: All bright coloured fruits like blueberries, cherries, watermelons, grapes and vegetables including tomatoes, cabbage and cauliflower are rich sources of antioxidant vitamins (vitamin A and E) that soothe cellular changes caused by prostatitis. Antioxidants also prevent damage caused by free radicals, inhibiting tumour growth in the prostate gland. Experts recommend intake of at least 4-5 servings of fruits and vegetables every day for a healthy prostate. Here are some tips to help you reduce your risk of prostate cancer.

Sea food: Fish including salmon, mackerel, sardine, trout and herring are rich in omega fatty acids that have anti-inflammatory activity. They not only help relieve prostatitis but also inhibit cancer growth in the prostate tissue. Here are six health benefits of eating fish.

Nuts and seeds: Nuts like almonds, walnuts are packed with the mineral called selenium that protects the prostate gland. They are also rich in antioxidants that boost prostate health. Seeds like flax seeds are full of fibre called lignin, that alleviates constipation, a known cause of prostatitis. They are also rich in prostaglandins, molecules derived from omega 3 fatty acids that are anti-inflammatory in nature. They also contain phytoestrogens that are known to prevent prostate cancer.

Soy products: Sources of soy protein including tofu, tempeh and soy milk contain isoflavones, chemical compounds that reduce the level of male hormone dihydrotestosterone, which stimulate the overgrowth of the prostate gland, causing prostate enlargement. Here are some effective home remedies for a prostate enlargement.

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  1. Daniel Nixon, Max Gomez, The Reference Works The Prostate Health Program: A Guide to Preventing and Controlling Prostate Can; Simon and Schuster, 2007; p256

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