The role of diet
Evidence clearly points to diet being a significant factor in development of cancer. Several instances have been reported of increased prostate cancer in populations who have switched from their traditional diet to Western-style foods. And although there is much more to be learned on this topic, we can be fairly certain from research findings that those who consume a diet rich in meat, dairy and sugar have a higher incidence of prostate cancer that those who don’t.
On a more positive note, there is much talk now about how your diet and lifestyle, and in particular some specific food groups, can delay or even possibly prevent cancer. Here are a couple of examples
The BBC reported in September 2005 on research suggesting that pomegranate juice may help slow down the progress of prostate cancer. Click here for the full story.
We were fortunate to have the support of POM Wonderful at our 2008 Gala Dinner, who donated bottles of their pomegranate juice for every attendee. Research using POM Wonderful undertaken by retired PCRF Trustee Arie Belldegrun at UCLA has suggested that drinking pomegranate juice can delay PSA doubling time.
Lycopene, found in tomatoes, has long been thought to assist in the delay and prevention of many cancers. There is a large body of study that supports this. Lycopene is by no means a miracle cure for prostate cancer but a regular consumption of tomatoes will no doubt provide a degree of nutritional benefit, along with other foods.
Find out more about Lycopene here. As usual, read and digest fully. Especially the DISCLAIMER at the bottom of the web page.
There has also been research that suggests that sunlight can help reduce the risk of prostate cancer. It is thought that the body’s manufacture of Vitamin D which is produced after exposure to sunlight helps protect the prostate. Click here for the full story.
There is now a great deal of work going on looking at complementary therapies and how they can be used alongside traditional treaments for prostate cancer. Comprehensive information can be found at the Cancer Research UK Cancerhelp site
Launched in June 2009, the Prostate Care Cookbook is dedicated to foods that sustain prostate health. Working with Prof Margaret Rayman and her team at the University of Surrey. They have pulled together all the very latest thinking on the effectiveness of different foods, and Prof Rayman’s team have written some imaginative recipes to get these into your daily eating regime.
You can order the cookbook via Amazon