If you want to fend off cancer, knowing which foods can increase the risks and likewise decrease it is very important. For starters, let’s discuss the foods that can increase it.
The foods to avoid. Many foods can contribute to the development or spread of prostate cancer. An example would be red meat. It was shown in a research that men who consumed a lot of red meat may be at a higher risk for the disease. In a recent study from the University of California, San Francisco, it was found that the intake of grilled or barbecued meat – especially well-done beef – can be linked to twice the risk of prostate cancer. Other meats and processed foods can be included. You can get your protein from alternative sources like beans or legumes. Also, despite the fact that low-fat dairy products are a healthy part of your diet, moderation is still advised since dairy products can contain the same fatty acids found in red meat that may be responsible for the increase in prostate cancer risks.
We will now move on to the foods that can help protect you from prostate cancer and even other cancers.
The foods to eat. Two diets have been known to be associated with longevity and reduced risks for prostate cancer. They are the traditional Japanese diet and the Southern Mediterranean diet. Green tea, soy, vegetables and fish are the common foods in the Japanese diet resulting in it having low calories and fat. Mediterranean diet, on the other hand, is filled with fresh fruits and vegetables, garlic, tomatoes, red wine, olive oil and fish, where most of these have shown promise in decreasing risks of prostate cancer. What they have in common, is that they are both low in red meat – which coincides with the previous statement regarding foods to avoid.
Fruits and vegetables generally contain lots of cancer-fighting or cancer-preventing antioxidants in the form of lycopene, vitamins C and E and many others. It is best to focus on cruciferous vegetables and citrus fruits which specifically have a higher antioxidant content compared to others. An increase in fish intake, abundant in omega 3 fatty acids, can also help because they can exert anti-inflammatory effects. Herbs and spices can also help. Garlic, rosemary, thyme, oregano and dill contains compounds that may help fight cancer. Hot peppers, like the jalapeno, contain a compound called capsaicin which has been shown to have anti-proliferative effects, making tumors grow slower.
Decreasing your intake of the cancer-causing foods might not be enough so make sure to increase your consumption of the foods that can protect you from prostate cancer and others, too.