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Prostate Cancer Nutrition Recommendations

Maintain a whole-foods diet; eat plenty of whole grains, raw nuts and seeds, and unpolished brown rice; millet cereal is a good source of protein

Eat wheat, oats, and bran; also eat plenty of cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, Brussels sprout, cabbage, and cauliflower, and yellow and deep orange vegetables, such as carrots, pumpkin, squash, and yams; this type of diet is important for the prevention of cancer as well as for healing

Include in your diet apples, fresh cantaloupe, all kinds of berries, especially blueberries and strawberries; Brazil nuts; cherries; grapes; legumes, including chickpeas, lentils, and red beans; plums; and walnuts; all of these foods help to fight cancer

Consume freshly made vegetable and fruit juices daily; carrot and cabbage juices are good choices

Eat plenty of grapefruit, watermelon, and tomatoes and tomato products such as tomato juice and tomato-based sauces; these contain Lycopene, which has been shown to protect against prostate cancer

Include in your diet foods that are high in zinc, such as mushrooms, pumpkin seeds, seafood, spinach, sunflower seeds and whole grains; zinc nourishes the prostate gland and is vital for proper immune function

Eat salmon, mackerel, sardines, or herring; regular consumption of these sources of omega-3 fatty acids may lower the risk of prostate cancer

Drink a least eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day; this hydrates the body, keeps the prostate working efficiently, and helps to eliminate toxins from the body

Restrict your intake of dairy products

If you experience difficulty urinating or notice an increasing trend toward waking up and urinating during the night, consult your health care provider; this may indicate prostatic obstruction

Use cold-pressed organic oils such as sesame, safflower, or olive oil to obtain essential fatty acids

Do not eat red meat; there is a definite correlation between high red meat consumption (five servings a week or more) and the development of prostate cancer

Eliminate form the diet alcoholic beverages, coffee, and all teas except for caffeine-free herbal teas

Strictly avoid junk foods, processed refined foods, salt, saturated fats, polyunsaturated vegetable oils, sugar, and white flower

Avoid tobacco smoke, polluted air, polluted water, noxious chemicals, and food additives

Try to follow a macrobiotic diet

Get regular physical activity; active men maintain better health and have lower risk of developing prostate cancer

Enjoy regular sexual activity; regular ejaculation activates the prostate gland, keeping it from getting stagnant and inflamed

Echinacea, Goldenseal, and Pau d’Arco have shown anticancer properties

Pygeum and Saw Palmetto are helpful; European studies suggest pygeum may prevent prostate cancer

Supplement your diet with one or more of the following nutrients:

Coenzyme Q10—Improves cellular oxygenation

Garlic—Enhances immune function; helps to break down testosterone; has been shown to slow cancer cell growth

Proteolytic Enzymes—To keep down inflammation and destroy free radicals

Selenium—Needed for proper prostate function; the incidence of prostate cancer has been shown to be substantially lower in men with higher selenium levels

Shark Cartilage—Inhibits tumor growth and stimulates the immune system

Vitamin A—Powerful antioxidant that destroys free radicals

Beta Carotene—Precursor to vitamin A

Lycopene—Lycopene has been shown to lower the risk of developing prostate cancer

Vitamin E—Powerful antioxidant; protects against prostate cancer; use d-alpha-tocopherol form

Vitamin B Complex—B vitamins are necessary for proper cell division and to improve circulation, build red blood cells, and aid liver function

Vitamin B3 (Niacin)—Important part of the B Complex, take in addition, but no more than 100 mg daily

Choline—Take in addition to B Complex to enhance its efficiency

Folic Acid—Take in addition to B Complex to enhance its efficiency

Vitamin B6—Enhances the efficiency of zinc

Vitamin B12—Prevents anemia

Vitamin C with Bioflavonoids—Powerful anticancer agent; has been shown in laboratories to inhibit the spread of prostate cancer

Vitamin D—Low levels may be linked to higher prostate cancer incidence

Maitake Extract—Inhibits the growth and spread of cancerous tumors; also boosts immune response

Zinc—Plays a role in the prevention of prostate cancer

For a more in-depth discussion of the causes of Prostate Cancer and its recommended nutritional treatment, consult Prescription for Nutritional Healing by Phyllis A. Balch, CNC, and James F. Balch, M.D.

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