Best And Worst Foods For Prostate Health

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Prostate cancer is among the most common cancers in American men. This is also the second leading cause of cancer death, behind only lung cancer. There are some treatments for this disease, from newer techniques like cryotherapy to surgery, hormone therapy. However, there are natural remedies that cost less and still work very effectively. Keeping a healthy diet is one of them.

Here are best and worst foods for prostate health.


1. Broccoli

Broccoli, aside from other cruciferous vegetables like kale, cabbage, beets and artichokes, contain compounds called indoles that may inhibit the growth of prostate cancer cells. This veggie also contains a high amount of the phytonutrient sulforaphane, which enhances the activity of the body’s detoxification enzymes and helps to eliminate potentially cancer-causing elements faster.

2. Mushrooms

Along with broccoli, mushrooms like the familiar button mushroom, the Portobello, the white mushroom and Asian varieties are also among good foods for your prostate health. These mushrooms are rich in selenium, which have positive effects on prostate cancer.

3. Pomegranates

Pomegranates are high in antioxidants and ellagitannin which helps fight prostate cancer. This phytonutrient can also interfere with the growth of new blood vessels that are necessary to nourish prostate tumors. That explains why these curious-looking fruits loaded with red seeds are an effective weapon against prostate cancer.

4. Tomatoes

Tomatoes are rich in lycopene, which is crucial in preventing and fighting prostate cancer. Especially, tomato juice and cooked tomatoes like tomato-based pasta sauces and soups offer more antioxidant protection for the prostate than do fresh tomatoes.


1. Fatty meats

Fatty meats are linked to not only heart disease but also an increased incidence of prostate problems. That is because they are rich in saturated animals fats, making you gain excessive weight that is also linked to prostate troubles.

2. Stimulating drinks

Stimulating drinks such as soda, black tea, coffee and alcoholic beverages may irritate the urinary tract. So you should avoid or limit the intake of these drinks. Additionally, you should not drink liquids with or before your meals because they can dilute the digestive enzymes as well as cause poor digestion and decreased nutrient absorption.

3. Calcium and dairy foods

It is said that high intake of calcium closely linked to a greater risk of prostate cancer. Meanwhile, dairy foods can also have a negative impact on prostate health because they contain fat, cholesterol and hormones. Therefore, you should avoid high-calcium diets and dairy products, especially when pasteurized.

4. French fries and potato chips

French fries and potato chips are loaded with saturated fat, salt and acrylamide, a substance determined to be a “probable human carcinogen.” You can replace these snacks with healthier foods like fish, avocados, nuts, olive oil, seeds and canola oil.

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I opened my own clinic in Orlando in March 1996 to provide a full range of health care for women. I like walking on the street with my friends and chatting with them when I have free time. I often write articles on issues related to women's health as well.

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This article was published on 2013/09/17