How I Improved My PSA Score
As some of you may know, my PSA shot up from about 1.4 ng/ml to a high of 6.3 in early December of 2013. Yeah, Merry Christmas! I was immediately forced off of HRT (testosterone therapy) for a month and ended up with a prostate biopsy. Fortunately, they
found Only Inflammation and No Cancer.
This was a sobering experience for me as I consider myself to be very healthy overall. To this day, I still do not really know what caused the prostate inflammation. However, I do have good news: last week (4/25/2014) I found that my PSA was down to 2.0! So it took about five months, but I almost have my PSA back down to my original baseline levels. I had an interim read of 3.9 as well, even though my prostate was likely still inflamed from the biopsy, so I was showing improvement almost right away.
Of course, I'd like to have a baseline PSA less than 1.0 like some of the young guys on the Peak Testosterone Forum, but I'm on HRT, am sexually active - hallelujah! - and exercise every day.
All of these will tend to raise PSA and so a PSA of 1.4 is not too unreasonable for a guy in his early 50's in my opinion.
And, of course, I am very excited that I have reduced my PSA now by over three times in just a few months and thought I'd share - humbly of course - what I have done. Before I go on, let me say thanks to Mike Shedlock who gave me the core ideas for a good deal of what you see below on the supplement side of things
who was a role model for all of us by dropping his PSA with an innovative nutraceutical solution. I cover all this in my link on
A Cure For Prostate Cancer and am a regular reader of Mike Shedlock's blog at Global Economic Analysis.
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CAUTION: I want to caution anyone reading this with actual prostate cancer. PC is a tricky disease and you have to be careful. I highly recommend that you run anything that you are considering below by your urologist and a good oncologist. (Most urologists are woefully ignorant on the underlying cancer mechanisms behind prostate cancer from what I have seen.) And, of course, stay up on the latest research and share it with me!
Turmeric Extract (400 mg as extract with 93% curcuminoids of 372 mg twice per day)
IP6 & Inositol (800 mg and 220 mg, respectively, once per day)
Quercetin (250 mg once per day)
Bromelain (125 mg once per day)
Red Tart Cherry - Freeze Dried Skin Concentrate in Capsules (1000 mg once per day)
NOTE: Almost everything in my current regimen is anti-inflammatory. Both prostatitis and prostate cancer are, in general improved by anti-inflammatory strategies, so this is a pretty safe bet in my opinion. I should point out that the long term effects of supplements, especially megadosing are largely unknown.
Curry once per day
Soy Protein once per day. (For a few cautions, see my link Soy and Men. In addition, keep in mind that some study work shows that soy increases IGF-1 and higher IGF-1 levels are linked with increased prostate cancer risk. )
I put 3-4 tablespoons of flaxseed in my smoothie every day. (See my link on
Flaxseed and Prostate Cancer for some additional information.)
Diet is completely vegan except for
a) (BPA-free) sardines three times per week and
b) Undenatured whey which one study showed did not increase IGF-1
NOTE: I am not anti-meat as you can see in my link on Low Fat Meats. However, some study work
shows that veganism lowers IGF-1 to more natural cancer-protecting levels, so I am currently playing it safe.
NEWS FLASH: My latest PSA in mid late 2015 was 1.75. I was very please with that, because this is almost to my old levels when I first started testosterone cypionate. Lately, the only direct PSA-lowering strategies have been turmeric extract and flaxseed, along with my standard plant-based flexitarian diet, exercise routines and anti-aging supplement strategy.
MODIFICATIONS from MISH's PSA-Lowering Protocol:
As you can see,I took MISH's PSA-lowering protocol as my starting point and simply did a few tweaks. Keep in mind, though, that he dropped his PSA dramatically and he had actual prostate cancer detected, so his results are particularly impressive.
1) Nutr Cancer, 2007, 58(1):35-42, "Relationship of dietary protein and soy isoflavones to serum IGF-1 and IGF binding proteins in the Prostate Cancer Lifestyle Trial"