There are many healthy foods that can help men prevent prostatitis, prostate infection, inflammation of the prostate and ultimately prostate cancer. Nutritional supplements is one way of keeping a healthy prostate, as is choosing prostate healthy foods.
Vitamins and minerals for a healthy prostate.
- Vitamin C – This vitamins works well for prostatitis (an infection of the prostate), and Vitamin C can be a viable alternative to using antibiotics as a treatment. Mega doses of vitamin C can cause diarrhea, so dosage needs to be monitored.
Zinc has been shown to lower the PSA (prostate-specific antigen) levels in the blood. Foods that are high in zinc include shellfish, nuts, seeds (especially pumpkin seeds), beans and whole grains.
- Vitamin E and Selenium – there have been many promising studies done on these two supplements (a vitamin and a mineral) where participants have experienced a decreased risk of prostate cancer.
Healthy prostate foods
– Soy contains genistein and isoflavinoids, two natural chemicals which help fight against prostate cancer. In addition, soy contains phytoestrogens, which are not only antioxidants but also inhibit tumor cell proliferation and have protective estrogenic effects on the prostate.
- Fish – Fish contains omega-3 fatty acids which have been found to decrease prostate cancer risk in many cancer studies. These fatty acids help combat inflammation, inhibit tumor growth, and induce apoptosis. It’s important to note that these positive benefits are not seen with farmed fish that are usually fed cornmeal. Fish need to feed on algae to get their fatty acids, and only store them as fat when waters get very cold (as they do in the ocean).
- Vegetables – high vegetable diets that feature cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower help inhibit carcinogenesis that could lead to prostate cancer. In addition, many supplements have isolated the lycopene in tomatoes and are marketed for prostate health. The same effects can be obtained by eating copious amounts of tomatoes, particularly concentrated forms such as ketchup and spaghetti sauces.
Two of the unhealthiest things for your prostate are meat and dairy. Red meat in particular contains an amino acid that is a potent mutagen. The risk for cancer increases with consuming processed meats. Dairy products that contain high amounts of fat could help contribute to aggressive forms of prostate cancer. It should be noted that some of these effects are due to the obesity that results from eating meat, dairy and other fatty foods. Obesity in and of itself is a factor for someone getting prostate cancer.