Superfoods for a Healthy Prostate

The prostate gland has a reputation as a health destroyer.

Hypertrophy of the prostate gland, which affects nearly every elderly male, strangles the urethra.  This troublesome condition makes urination difficult and increases the risk of bladder infections and kidney damage. However, there are many superfoods that may already be a part of your everyday diet that can help thwart the onset of prostate problems.

Tomatoes, watermelons, red grapefruit, papaya and red berries are all great sources of lycopene, a health-promoting plant pigment known for its cancer-battling ability.  It also promotes a strong immune system and helps support prostate health in men.  Though fresh tomatoes are always an excellent option, the lycopene in cooked tomatoes is actually absorbed more readily by the body.  It’s also your ally in the battle against heart disease.

Quercetin, a flavonoid that forms the backbone of many other flavonoids, may have positive effects in combating or helping to prevent many different types of cancer, including prostate. It also acts as an antihistamine and has anti-inflammatory properties, which may be helpful in relieving the pain of an inflamed prostate.

Foods rich in quercetin include apples, black and green tea (see the previous article on green tea extract helping reduce prostate cancer growth factors, HGF, VEGF and PSA) , onions, raspberries, red wine, red grapes, citrus fruits, broccoli and other leafy green vegetables, like kale and buc choy, and cherries. Quercetin can also be found in honey and sap, including the type from eucalyptus and tea tree flowers.

It’s important to remember to get a healthy balance of foods to keep your prostate healthy, including antioxidants, vitamin E from nuts and seeds, and drink plenty of pure water to help flush the bladder.  Try to avoid caffeine, alcohol, and spicy foods.  Keeping your weight in check will also help maintain a healthy prostate.


Green Tea May Slow Progression of Prostate Cancer

Study shows green tea “slows prostate cancer”…

Significant reduction in prostate cancer growth factors (HGF, VEGF and PSA) were shown in blood test results of 26 prostate cancer patients. The research was conducted at Louisiana State University Sciences Center in Shreveport by James A. Cardelli, Ph.D., (professor and director of basic and translational research in the Feist-Weiller Cancer Center, LSU Health Sciences Center-Shreveport) and associates and reported in the journal, Cancer Prevention Research.

  • HGF – Hepatocyte Growth Factor – fell 18.9%
  • VEGF – Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor – fell 9.9%
  • PSA – Prostate Specific Antigen – fell 10.4%

The patients each took 4 capsules of a green tea extract (active compound – EGCG {epigallocatechin gallate} – equal to drinking around 12 cups of naturally brewed green tea a day).

“There is reasonably good evidence that many cancers are preventable, and our studies using plant-derived substances support the idea that plant compounds found in a healthy diet can play a role in preventing cancer development and progression,” said Dr Cardelli.

Dr Cardelli also said “These studies are just the beginning and a lot of work remains to be done, however, we think that the use of tea polyphenols alone or in combination with other compounds currently used for cancer therapy should be explored as an approach to prevent cancer progression and recurrence”

green-teaGreen tea is considered a culinary herb and is the world’s second most popular drink. It has been consumed by Asian cultures for centuries and now has increasing popularity in all societies. Green tea is truely a Natural Superfood.

Make your own green tea blend.

Sources:

  • ScienceBlog.com
  • BBC News
  • Yahoo News