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Prevent Prostate Cancer

Thursday, 26 Jul 2012 10:03 AM

There are strong links between the diet and prostate cancer, and one of the strongest is milk. After examining the diets of people in 28 countries, one study found that the most common link to prostate cancer was the consumption of milk, especially non-fat milk. In fact, over two-thirds of prostate cancer cases were attributed to milk consumption. The reason appears to be high amounts of calcium, because taking calcium supplements also dramatically increased risk.
Other studies have shown that diets containing more than 2,000 mg of calcium a day (from all sources) dramatically increase the number of advanced prostate cancers compared to diets containing fewer than 500 mg.
There are two reasons for this: Calcium promotes the growth and spread of cancer directly; and it can lower vitamin D3 levels. Supplements of vitamin D3 (2,000 IU a day) have been shown to reduce the risk caused by increased calcium.
Vitamin D3 deficiencies are much more common in men with prostate cancer. This deficiency correlates with lack of sun exposure later in life, when most men develop prostate cancer. Recent studies have shown that the only effective supplement form of vitamin D is vitamin D3. To learn more about vitamin D3, read my special report "Vitamin D's Hidden Role in Your Health."


There is also a strong correlation between calories consumed in the form of sugars and carbohydrates and the early development of prostate cancer. In one study, high caloric intake increased risk by 267 percent. Because Americans consume tremendous amounts of sugar, this is a significant risk factor for us.
On the other hand, Chinese and Japanese men have some of the world’s lowest incidences of prostate cancer because they eat large amounts of flavonoids. In fact, the Japanese have the highest flavonoid intake of any population in the world.
Unfortunately, when Asian men move to the United States, they often begin eating Americanized diets. When they do so, their prostate cancer rates increase 10- to 30-fold.
One study showed that men who consumed the most legumes (peas, beans, and nuts) reduced their risk of prostate cancer by 38 percent, and those who ate the most yellow-orange and cruciferous vegetables reduced their prostate cancer risk by 41 percent.
Yet surprisingly, those who ate the most fruits increased their risk 51 percent — once again because of the high sugar content. In other studies, fruits either had no effect or actually lowered risk, especially with advanced prostate cancers. (For more information on fighting cancer, read my special report "Prevent Cancer Before It's Too Late.'')


One double-blind study found that selenium supplementation reduced prostate cancer by 63 percent. Even better results were seen when selenium was combined with natural vitamin E.
In another recent study, researchers found that the gamma form of vitamin E (tocopherol), which has the greatest anti-inflammatory properties, also had the greatest effect in suppressing prostate cancer.
In this study, men with the highest gamma-form vitamin E had a five-fold reduction in prostate cancer risk. Combining the gamma E with selenium gave even better anticancer results. Our diets naturally contain more gamma E than the alpha form (the most common form in vitamins). Gamma-form vitamin E can also be purchased as a supplement.
If you combined all of the factors that we know can reduce prostate cancer (eating healthy fats, high intake of vegetables, low intake of sugar and bad fats) you can see that your risk of developing prostate cancer would be extremely low. All it takes is discipline.
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