How to Prevent Prostate Cancer
Every male needs to take an aggressive approach to protect himself from prostate cancer.
If you've grown up in a Western society, then you have spent decades eating
beef (especially) and other meats cooked at high temperatures. That delicious
black residue on your meat is filled with various cancer causing agents such as
HCA's (heterocyclic amines) that head straight for your prostate. (The
typical fast food burger, that we literally live and die for, is loaded with the
stuff.)Many aspects of the Western lifestyle increase risk for prostate cancer
and current lifetime estimates are 16%. 
Many of you
have also consumed huge amounts of dairy - another huge risk factor for prostate cancer. Again, to
protect yourself from prostate cancer, you have to realize that you have no time to waste: the "seeds of destruction" have already been
planted through significant free radical and DNA destruction inside the delicate
tissue of your prostate. In addition, many of you are overweight, which puts a significant and
potentially deadly estrogen load on your prostate.
NOTE: You should also check out my page How to Lower Your PSA, which shows the latest research on how to lower your PSA, and my page that discusses the research on
Does Testosterone Therapy (TRT) Cause Prostate Cancer?.
But the good news is that research has shown us that you can
drastically lower your odds of prostate cancer through simple dietary and lifestyle measures. I've listed below
some of the most critical foods that you can eat (or avoid in some cases) to very
significantly protect yourself from prostate cancer.
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Tomatoes/Lycopene. The connection between tomatoes and prostate cancer
was controversial until recently. Some studies had shown a decrease in prostate cancer and others no connection whatsoever.
A great link that summarizes the old research is here.
The answer to this dilemma, based on recent animal research, is that lycopene,
an antioxidant in tomatoes, is simply not as effective by itself. To test this
theory, researchers combined lycopene with an antioxidant that comes from dried
fruit called FruHis. This combination of FruHis and lycopene
dramatically decreased cancerous growths.  Further research has shown
that tomatoes are more powerful than lycopene in animal studies.  This is yet another example
how no one
nutrient, antioxidant or phytochemical as a food or supplement is the Silver
Bullet. It takes a balanced diet, which the Ornish or Mediterranean Diets
would provide, to get deliver the knockout punch. NOTE:
Cooked tomatoes actually have more bioavilable lycopene, which is the chemical
that supposedly protects the prostate against cancer. As an example, catsup is actually higher
than cooked tomatoes in bioavailable lycopene and thus should provide better
prostate cancer protection. Again, though, tomatoes appear to be more
powerful than catsup alone. CAUTION: Japanese researchers found that lycopene decreases testosterone,
something you might to mention to anyone supplementing with lycopene for some
amines) and other compounds that are formed on meats, especially beef, cooked at
high termperatures has been linked in has been linked in most (but not all) studies to prostate cancer. Animal studies have shown additional
problems: HCAs mutate prostate DNA in rodents for example. And researchers have
also noted that HCA’s cause DNA mutation in the colon. The longer (or hotter) that
you cook beef, the more HCA’s and other carcinogens that you get. Note:
You can get around this to a certain extent by marinating your beef. A Livermore
study showed that marinating chicken for 40 minutes with a mixture of brown sugar,
olive oil, cider vinegar, garlic, mustard, lemon juice and salt cut HCAs by
92 to 99 percentrning patties once a minute reduces HCA formation
by up to 100 percent
, probably by keeping internal meat temperatures lower.
Vitamin D decreases risk by 32%. (By the way, Vit D greatly reduces the
risk of MANY types of cancer, but it also is a potent protector against prostate
cancer. It is also a proven to reduce risk of adult onset diabetes, metabolic
syndrome and inflammation and is the closest thing you
can take to a "miracle pill" (with the possible exception of
research even shows it associated with prevention of the dreaded
telomere shortening, one of the leading markers of aging. Recent findings
suggest high Vitamin D levels may increases life span by five years! Take between
! Take between
400-1200 IU per day.  My recommendation is to take 1200 IU per day rain or
Folic Acid. High folate, i.e. Folic Acid, decreases risk by 50% and, therefore, provides
strong prostate cancer protection.  CAUTION: Folate has also been linked
to GI cancers recently. Again, it is better to get a reasonable amount of
folate through your diet.
. One Journal of theNational Cancer Institute study showed that eating
just three servings of broccoli/cruciferous vegetables per week reduces
risk by about 40%.
 And another more recent study showed that brocolli protected males with
the GSTM1 gene, a prostate cancer risk factor, from prostate cancer.  It is actually surprising that Broccoli
does not reduce risk to almost zero, because it is so potent of a cancer fighter.
First of all, it is well-known that Broccoli limits converstion of hormones to the
most dangerous form of estrogen, estriadol. And it is now widely accepted
that estrogen, and estriadol in particular, play pivotal roles in the development
of prostate cancer. Secondly, different compounds of broccoli disrupt blood flow
to and reproduction of tumor cells as well as cause tumor cells to literally self-destruct.
important way that broccoli probably protects the prostate is by reducing levels
of the dangerous alpha-hydroxyestrone, which has been linked to increased risk of
prostate cancer. Finally, cruciferous
vegetables actually detoxify PHiP, one of the key HCA's implicated in causing prostate
cancer in males (from cooking red meat). NOTE:
I have all a whole link on
How Broccoli Prevents Almost Every Kind of Cancer.Pomegranate
Juice. Pomegranate juice (8 oz./day) very dramatically slowed the growth of prostate cancer cells
in one recent study. 
The researchers speculated that pomegranate juice was also a likely candidate for
preventing prostate cancer as well. 
Losing Weight. Excess weight increases your
some of the deadlier forms of prostate cancer. So lose those pounds and
protect your prostate! 
Omega 3/Omega 6. Decrease your omega-6 intake (from red meats, poultry, cheese, vegetable oils, cheese,
etc.) and increase your omega-3 intake (fish oil and fish).
Researchers found (in mice) that omega-6's promoted prostate cancer and omega-3's
inhibited prostate cancer. 
Vegetables. Just eating vegetables significantly lowered prostate cancer risk according to one
study of 30,000 health care workers.  Again, a Meditteranean
or Ornish Diet
would therefore be a prostate cancer protector.
Cholesterol. Lower cholesterol, in one case below 200, and according to a pair of recent studies, protects
you from the most advanced forms of prostate cancer.
Actually, in both of these studies, the results applied to statin users.
However, the results seem to tie in nicely to Dr. Ornish's results that show
dietary reductions in cholesterol (and fat) actually turn off hundreds of prostate cancer genes. (See #3 above.)
Red Wine. A 2007 study analyzed prostate cancer risk and various common
alcoholic beverages. The results were surprising but consistent: red
wine showed a somewhat dose-dependent reduction in prostate cancer risk for
moderate drinking, i.e. 1 glass per day maximum. White wine showed some
benefit but not as pronounced. Men who drank about 1 glass of red wine per
day actually reduced their risk of prostate by a little over half, a very
pronouned effect indeed. 
HDL. Men with high HDL actually showed a relatively small but
statistically significant decrease in prostate and several kinds of cancer when compared
with men with the lowest HDL levels. (NOTE: The Ornish Diet will actually lower
HDL, but it does so many other good things including turning off prostate
cancer genes.) 
Coffee. Both decaf and regular give you solid prostate cancer protection,
especially the deadly kind. See my link on The Benefits of Coffee for more
Aspirin. One recent study in Lancet shows that one baby aspirin per day
improves your risk from a wide variety of cancers, including prostate. 
Dairy. Some experts believe the estrogens in milk and dairy may lead to
increased risk for prostate (and testicular) cancer. See my link on
of Milk for more details.
Fish Oil. One recent study shows that taking fish oil capsules
dramatically increases the risk for advanced prostate cancer - this is the kind you don't want! - and significantly
increases it for all prostate cancers. See this
article for more details.
Based on this, the authors recommended eating just one or two meals of fish per week instead. Keep in mind that this is
just one study, but the results were so pronounced that it should be carefully considered. For a nice rebuttal to this study,
discussion for more information.
Gamma Tocopherol. Most vitamin E supplements are the alpha form, i.e. alpha tocopherol.
And one large study found that alpha increased the risk of prostate cancer by
17%. However, we know that megadosing on the alpha form can decrease the
other tocopherols in some tissues. The reason that this is important is
that another study showed the gamma form was associated with a 500% decrease in
prostate cancer! 
Soy and Tomato. One recent study in mice found a reduction in prostate
cancer from this combo.  Yet another study showed that soy has been found to
limit prostate cancer cells from metastasizing.  However, I am cautious
about soy at this point, as I document in my link on The Pros and Cons of Soy Consumption,
as it may negatively impact the male brain.
IGF-1 is a huge risk factor for Prostate Cancer. IGF-1 levels of 300-500
ng/ml in the blood increases your risk factor by four times across the board and
over nine times if you are over the age of 60! 
To help protect yourself from prostate cancer and lower IGF-1, simply avoid animal proteins and milk. (See this link on
Madness for more details.)
. Men who ejaculate at
least five times per week had a 32% lower prostate cancer risk. [1, 3] I keep
telling you that sex is good for you: now you know it even helps
you from prostate cancer.
So grab the little woman and make love as if your life depended on it. Who
knows? Maybe it really does!
- Ornish Diet..
Ornish Diet, which I so
often talk about on this site, consists of a low fat,
basically vegan diet (and egg whites) with moderate
exercise, stress management and a few supplements thrown in as well. In a 2008 study
 the Ornish Diet actually turned off over 500 cancer-causing genes (or
turned on cancer-protective genes) and completely
reversed, at least as far as the researchers could tell, Prostate Cancer in the
men enrolled in the study. The
Ornish Diet appears to be a way to provide
significant prostate cancer protection. Again, the disease was undetectable in
Low glycemic diets decrease prostate cancer risk by 57%. [Low Glycemic Index are
foods that do not spike your blood sugar.] Remember that, in general, cancer cells require
greatly increased levels of glucose (blood sugar) in order to thrive and spread, so it is no wonder that
low glycemic foods so strongly protect you from prostate cancer. NOTE:
The Ornish Diet mentioned above is mostly composed of low glycemic foods, which
may be yet another reason it so strongly protects the prostate.
- Green Tea. Green tea was found in one Japanese
study  of almost 50,000 men to decrease, in a dose-dependent manner, the
risk of advanced prostate cancer. Dose-dependence is one of the best forms of
scientific corroboration because it basically means the more tea they drank, the
better the protection against prostate cancer.
High Calcium. Too much calcium has been linked to prostate
cancer due to the fact it supresses the body's production of calcitrol, which is
involved in the body's fight against cancer. Go easy on calcium supplements
and even dairy containing calcium.  You don't want to go too low either. CAUTION: Be wary of what the supplement stores try to sell you:
often they push oyster shell calcium, which can contain significant levels of
Another huge question in the minds of many males is "will
supplementation) put me at risk for prostate cancer"? Several large, well done
studies - see below - have showed this not to be the case. Talk to your
doctor, of course, but the evidence looks very positive for testosterone
Below are several studies that show normal
testosterone levels and supplementation are actually healthy for the prostate:
- A huge epidemiological study of 28,000+ men found that the higher the T-levels ,
the lower the incidence of prostate cancer.  John Hopkins researchers found men
without prostate cancer had average T-levels of 636 ng/ml while prostate cancer
patients average levels of 473. 
The University of Utah studied 214 identical twins and found that the size of the
prostate – one of the “curses” of middle and older aged males – was inversely related
to T-levels. 
- One study showed that men given supplemental testosterone actually shrank their
- Several studies have shown that the higher one’s T, the better the chance of
survival from prostate cancer. 
You may have a concern if you have heard or read that sometimes doctors will treat
certain prostate cancers by decreasing androgens, i.e. signficantly lowering
testosterone. The reason that this is done is that testosterone actually
suppresses t-lymphocyte immune response.
So some doctors feel that your body can more aggressively attack the prostate
cancer with testosterone out of the way. As a side note, this may be why females
more frequently develop autoimmune diseases: their immune response in some
cases may be too strong due to a lack of testosterone.
Benign Prostate Hypertrophy (BPH)
One other worthy subject with regards to the prostate is protecting yourself
against prostate enlargement, which leads to difficulty urinating and a host of
other problems.. Current research shows that vegetables, in particular, protect
against BPH. One recent study  showed that
vegetables rich in lutein, beta-carotene and Vitamin C were particularly
protective. (Note: Fruit consumption did NOT correlate with
increased protection from BPH. Furthermore, getting these nutrients from
supplements did not correlate well either.) But most protective are actually
onions and garlic. In one 2007 study onions decreased the risk of BPH
by 60% and garlic by 30%.  For more information, please read this
Protecting Your Prostate from BPH.
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