While prostate cancer is the second most common cancer among men worldwide, it is believed that diet can influence prostate health. In addition to seeing your physician regularly, try adding these foods to your diet to boost your health.
- Tomatoes – The lycopene in tomatoes is a powerful antioxidant that may help prevent prostate cancer. Our bodies are better able to extract the lycopene from cooked or pureed tomato products.
- Fish – Omega-3s are exclusively found in the diet, and most people do not consume enough of them. These essential fatty acids – found in fatty fish – may help prevent the development of prostate cancer.
- Vegetables – Many studies have shown that men who eat large amounts of vegetables – especially cruciferous vegetables like broccoli – have a lower chance of developing prostate cancer. Yellow and orange vegetables are rich in carotenoids, which are inversely related to prostate cancer cells.
- Green Tea – The components of green tea, including catechin, EGCG and epicatechin, may lower one’s risk of developing prostate cancer.
- Legumes – Beans, nuts and lentils all contain isoflavones, compounds that may fight off cancer by suppressing tumor growth in prostate cancer cells.
- Pomegranates – Similarly to green tea, pomegranates contain a great source of antioxidants have been found in some studies to target cancer cells and/or delay cell growth.
In general, try to limit your intake of the following food and drink: alcohol, caffeine, red meat, and spicy foods.