Natural Prostate Cancer Treatment Options
Due to the toxic effects of conventional prostate cancer treatments, more and more men are seeking natural prostate cancer treatments.
Yes! Nutritional therapy, not drugs, is the cornerstone of effective natural prostate cancer treatment.
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men in the United States. The American Cancer Society estimates that 186,320 men will be diagnosed with the disease this year, one man in six will get prostate cancer during his lifetime, and 28,660 will die from it.
Although slow-growing in most men, prostate cancer is considered advanced when it spreads beyond the prostate gland and, at that point, there’s no known cure. Currently, treatments such as hormone therapy, chemotherapy, radiation and surgery, are used to slow the progression of advanced prostate cancer. Side effects from these conventional treatments can include exhaustion, impotence, incontinence, lack of appetite, easily broken bones, anemia, hair loss, nausea and diarrhea.
Diet appears to be a major determinant in the incidence of prostate cancer.
Diet seems to be a major factor in putting American men 50 years and older at risk of developing prostate cancer. In a case-control study conducted in Athens, Greece, it was found that dairy products, butter and seed oils were positively associated with risk of prostate cancer, whereas cooked and raw tomatoes were inversely associated.
The Following Are Practical Steps That You Can Take Right Now to Start Treating Your Prostate Cancer Naturally.
Avoid Dairy Products
An overwhelming body of research suggests strongly that increased milk consumption is associated with increased risk for prostate cancer. Over the past 50 years, a number of studies have been done examining the link between dairy products and prostate cancer.
Avoid animal and poultry fat
Avoid animal fat, especially from red meat, eggs, and dairy foods. Prostate cancer tends to progress more quickly when animal fat is consumed, but less quickly when vegetable fats and omega-3 fatty acids are consumed.
American men whose diets are rich in animal fats, and particularly fats from red meat, face nearly an 80 percent greater risk of developing potentially fatal prostate cancer than do men with the lowest intake of such foods, a major new study has found. Higher levels of fat in the body fuel the production of testosterone which fuels the production of prostate cells.
2. Avoid processed meats
Processed meats contain chemical additives that are known to greatly increase the risk of various cancers, including colorectal cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer, leukemia, brain tumors, pancreatic cancer and many more.
3. Eat only free-range eggs
Avoid commercially produced eggs and eat only eggs that come from free-roaming hens. Free-range, cage-free chickens have a greater variety of diet, producing eggs that contain more omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E. Free-range farming generally provides adequate room inside. To be certified by the USDA
Free-range organic eggs have nearly twice the vitamin E, four times the beta carotene (a precursor to vitamin A), four times the omega-3 fatty acids, and half the cholesterol. In addition, the free-range eggs have a significant amount of folic acid
Several studies have shown similar results one even showed free-range organic eggs to have thirteen times the omega-3 fatty acids!
4. Remove the skin of poultry
The skin of the chicken should be removed before consumption. U.S. researchers have found that poultry skin and eggs double the risk of prostate cancer progression.
When consuming chicken try to eat the white flesh as opposed to the dark meat, which contains more fat and therefore is more difficult to digest. Better yet, try to purchase organic free-range chickens, as these are free of chemical residue, have a much lower fat content, and have a higher number of Omega 3’s than Omega 6’s. All other fatty fowl such as Duck and Goose are not recommended due to their high fat content.
Avoid vegetable oils
A growing body of evidence suggests that omega-6 fatty acids may play an important role in the progression of prostate cancer.
Men who consume diets rich in omega-6 fats were recently found to increase their risk of prostate cancer by 3.54 times.
Evidence is emerging that the ingestion of large quantities of corn oil may increase the risk of developing prostate cancer and stimulating the growth of prostate cancer cells once developed. Read more on the connection between vegetable oils and prostate cancer »
High blood levels of a trans fatty acid found in partially hydrogenated vegetable oil were linked to an increased risk for non-aggressive prostate cancer in a review of data from the Physicians’ Health Study, Dr. Jorge E. Chavarro reported at the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research.
Trans fats displace – and cannot replace – the essential fatty acids linoleic acid (omega-6) and linolenic acid (omega-3), which the body needs for a variety of functions, including blood flow regulation. Studies have shown that trans fats also increase low-density lipoproteins (LDLs) in the blood, a factor which some believe contributes to heart disease.
Eat omega-3 fatty acids
Eating oily fish or taking omega-3 fatty acids supplements may help prevent the spread of aggressive prostate cancer to other parts of the body while high intake of omega-6 fatty acids, may do the opposite, according to a new UK cancer study.
An April 2009 study found that men whose diets included the highest amount of omega-3 fatty acids were 63 percent less likely to develop aggressive prostate cancer compared to men whose diets included the lowest amount of these healthy fats.
Eating fatty fish like salmon, sardines, herring and mackerel could reduce the risk of prostate cancer by a third, according to a report in The Lancet.
Essential fatty acids — especially omega-3 fatty acids contained in large amounts in fatty fish — have already been proven to inhibit the growth of prostate cancer cells.
The study, published online in the British Journal of Cancer, found that the type of fatty acids determines how they influence the risk of metastatic prostate cancer. The UK researchers found Omega-3 fatty acids inhibit proliferation of prostate cancer cells whereas Omega-6 poly-unsaturated fatty acid, known as Arachidonic acid, enhances the proliferation of malignant prostate epithelial cells.
Eat ground flax seeds
Researchers have found that a diet supplemented with flaxseed may reduce the formation, growth, or spread of prostate cancer.
Flaxseed provides the highest source of lignan, a plant estrogen that is touted for its anti-prostate cancer properties.
Lignans are converted by bacteria in the intestinal tract to horomone-like compounds called phytoestrogens that have protective effects against hormone-related cancers such as breast and prostate cancer. In fact, consuming ground flaxseed has been shown to have beneficial properties for prevention and treatment of both breast and prostate cancer.
Eat cruciferous vegetables
A study in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute shows that three or more servings of cruciferous vegetables a week slashes prostate cancer risk almost in half. The study, which involved more than 600 men with prostate cancer, was conducted in the Seattle area. Read more »
Eat cooked tomatoes
Men who eat a daily helping of cooked tomatoes may lower their risk of prostate cancer.
Mounting evidence over the past decade suggests that the consumption of fresh and processed tomato products is associated with reduced risk of prostate cancer. The emerging hypothesis is that lycopene, the primary red carotenoid in tomatoes, may be the principle phytochemical responsible for this reduction in risk. Read more »
Eat wild Blueberries
There is evidence that many of the compounds contained in WILD blueberries are able to fight prostate cancer at all stages of the disease, from initiation to proliferation. Sterol compounds (a type of steroid subgroup composed of steroid alcohols) and anthocyanin (which give the blueberry its color) along with other antioxidant activity that fights against free radical damage to cells and tissues have shown some promise of having powerful anti-cancer effects along with other health benefits.
Drink Green tea
Green tea has been shown to have inhibitory effects on prostate cancer cell growth. Studies in rats suggest that compounds contained in green tea inhibit the activity of 5-alpha-reductase, the enzyme that converts testosterone to dihydrotestosterone, which has carcinogenic effects in the prostate. Read more »
Only eat fermented soy products
In order to derive some benefit from soy, consume only fermented soy products – such as organic miso (mugi barley and genmai miso are the best), organic tempeh, soy sauce or tamari and natto. Fermented soy products have the highest levels of cancer-fighting nutrients. Fermented soy products are known to contain high concentrations of the isoflavone, genistein, and other compounds that exhibit anticancer activity in preclinical models.
Avoid unfermented soy products
Unfermented soy contains high levels of a number of compounds that can: block the absorption of calcium, magnesium, iron and zinc; stunt growth; and alter hormone levels, disrupting menstruation, lowering testosterone, increasing the risk of breast cancer, and causing thyroid and prostate complications!. Unfermented soy includes things like soy milk, soy burgers, soy hot dogs, and tofu!.
Among other things, non-fermented soy contains allergens, several toxins, and (particularly if uncooked, unfermented, & unsprouted) powerful protease inhibitors, which inhibit the critical anti-cancer action of proteolytic enzymes, particularly trypsin.
Rutgers researchers have found that the curry spice turmeric holds real potential for the treatment and prevention of prostate cancer, particularly when combined with certain vegetables.
The scientists tested turmeric, also known as curcumin, along with phenethyl isothiocyanate (PEITC), a naturally occurring substance particularly abundant in a group of vegetables that includes watercress, cabbage, winter cress, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale, cauliflower, kohlrabi and turnips. “The bottom line is that PEITC and curcumin, alone or in combination, demonstrate significant cancer-preventive qualities in laboratory mice, and the combination of PEITC and curcumin could be effective in treating established prostate cancers,” said Ah-Ng Tony Kong, a professor of pharmaceutics at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.
Take a good quality capsaicin supplement product
In 2006, a team of researchers from the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, found that capsaicin induced 80 percent of human prostate cancer cells growing in mice to follow pathways leading to certain death. They also found that prostate cancer tumors in mice fed with capsaicin were about one-fifth the size of tumors in non-treated mice. Additionally, capsaicin had a profound anti-proliferative effect on cultured human cancer cells according to a scientist at the UCLA School of Medicine. It dramatically slowed the development of prostate tumors formed by cells from the same lines as those grown for the mouse models.
Drink Pomegranate juice
Five years into a study testing the benefits of pomegranate juice, UCLA researchers report that an 8-ounce glass a day continues to keep prostate cancer recurrence away.
UCLA researcher Allan Pantuck, MD, and colleagues enrolled 46 men in a study funded by the owners of POM Wonderful Co., the maker of the pomegranate juice used in the study. The men all had rising PSA (prostate-specific antigen) levels after cancer treatment; all drank 8 ounces of pomegranate juice every day.
As a measure of progression, the researchers looked at the time it took PSA levels to double. The faster PSA levels double, the sooner a man is likely to see prostate cancer return.
Original results of the study, published in 2006, showed that the men’s overall PSA doubling time was nearly four times slower after they began drinking pomegranate juice.
Drink pure water
Drink at least eight glasses of water daily as dehydration stresses the prostate gland.