If you’re concerned about your prostate health, there’s some good news: What you eat can make a difference. There’s a lot of evidence that a healthy diet and an active lifestyle can help prevent prostate cancer and halt its progression.
There are a few dietary modifications you can make that can improve your general health as well as your prostate health. What you consume can either harm your prostate health – for example, foods you should avoid – or protect it in a variety of ways. A diet rich in colorful vegetables, low in sugar and processed carbs, and moderate in animal-based protein is recommended.
According to WebMD, the following foods can help prevent prostate cancer:
1. Cruciferous vegetables
Prostate cancer incidence, recurrence, and metastasis are all reduced when these vegetables are consumed. Components in these diets have been shown to decrease the growth of prostate cancer cells.
2. Allium vegetables
Foods including garlic, onions, leeks, and chives have been shown to aid in the fight against prostate cancer cells.
According to a UK study, men who eat more than 10 servings of tomatoes each week have a 20% lower risk of prostate cancer.
Tomatoes are known to have cancer-fighting capabilities thanks to lycopene, an antioxidant that helps preserve DNA and cells from harm.
4. Plant-derived fats
Plant-derived fats appear to reduce the formation of prostate tumors in laboratory mice and block the growth and migration of one type of prostate cancer cell, according to nutrition researchers at the University at Buffalo.
Those on a cholesterol-supplemented diet, on the other hand, had larger tumors and double the amount of metastasis in the lung and lymph nodes than those on a plant-fat diet, according to the findings.
Consumption of fish has been associated to a lower incidence of prostate cancer and recurrence. Salmon, sardines, black cod, trout, or herring should be consumed at least twice a week (all good sources of EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids).