CUT YOUR RISK
You may find it hard to believe that simple changes can keep prostate problems, including cancer, at bay, scientific evidence shows they may account in large part for the variance of prostate cancer rates in different countries. For example, the rates of prostate cancer are relatively low in Japan, Singapore and some Asian countries as compared to Sweden, United States or Euro countries. All else being quite equal, but only nutrition explains the differences between the countries.
Do you know that fast foods were introduced as fast, good tasting and low cost but in actual fact promote obesity. Needless to say that obesity leads to chronic diseases such as heart diseases, high blood, diabetes and cancer.
Prostate cancer can take between five and ten years before it becomes aggressive. Unlike other cancers, prostate cancer can be slow growing and may exist in some men for the duration of their lives without becoming life threatening. But certainly not all die of prostate cancer.
THE WHOLEY MEAL
Extensive studies on the effects of low-fat diets, specifically, the elimination of red meat, whole milk, cheese and fried foods could cut down the risk of most chronic diseases. Increase the intake of fruits and vegetables to 5 to 9 servings per day (also recommended by the health board of Singapore for general health), especially colorful fruits and vegetables rich in phytochemicals and natural antioxidants. Eat more fiber food like high-fiber cereal and grain products, regular exercise to reach and/or maintain a healthy body and weight
Other than our daily meal, we can include intake of soy protein-containing foods or supplements like multi vitamin and mineral supplement. Now, before we go any further I must tell you to expect to be hit with terms--like isoflavones, flavonoids and phytochemicals.
Here's one: FLAVONOIDS (see Butea Superba)
Flavonoids are part of a large class of chemicals that occur naturally in plants. Simply, they are substances found in fruits, vegetables and herbs essential for processing vitamin C. In fact, they give plants their vibrant color and protect them from harm. When consumed by humans, they can improve or maintain health.
There are 12 subcategories (15 in Butea Superba) of flavonoids and approximately 4,000 different ones have been identified. They occur in high concentrations in juice and peel of citrus fruits. They're also found in onions, grapes, papaya, broccoli, apricots, greens, persimmons, green tea, soy products, cherries and buckwheat.
You may have also heard the term "bioflavonoids". All bioflavonoids are flavonoids; however, not all flavonoids are bioflavonoids. Soy flavonoids or Isoflavones genistein and daidzein are powerful antioxidants and cancer inhibitors which lower risks for prostate and breast cancer. So eating foods containing soy flavonoids will also be beneficial to you besides our female gender. The best news about flavonoids is that they're found in many foods. If you eat a healthy diet, you probably get your quota. And there are no set dosage or toxicity levels!
Do you need to supplement?
Healthy people get the flavonoids in their diet. But therapeutic amounts needed for antioxidant effect or capillary integrity may require supplementation. Grapeseed extracts and Butea Superba roots extract are good flavonoid sources.
THE NATURAL NUTRIENTS FOR YOUR PROSTATE CRAVES
Do you remember the Food Pyramid shown in your doctors' clinics? Believe it or not, in order to have a healthy prostate, it's important to choose a wide variety of foods from the five groups in the of pyramid.
1)The foods in the "Grain" group are high in carbohydrate, thiamin, niacin and iron.
2 & 3)The "Fruit" and "Vegetable" groups contain foods high in vitamins.
4)The "Meat" group foods are high in protein, niacin, iron and thiamin.
5)The "Milk" group are good sources of calcium, riboflavin and protein.
Generally any vitamin or mineral that's good for fighting one kind of cancer is good for fighting all kinds.There are a large number of foods that can specifically eliminate prostate problems. Multiple studies find the strongest protection against cancer may come from: amino acids, citrus fruits, cruciferous veggies, garlic, onions, green vegetables, legumes (beans and peas), tomatoes.
NATURE'S REMEDIES FOR A HEALTHY PROSTATE-HERBS
You be thinking it's hard to follow all the recommendations. Your are too busy, too hectic to count the number of fruits and vegetables you eat every day. Plus, there are some foods you just can't gulp down your throat. Well, first of all, the occasional barbecue, cheeseburger, fries or fried chicken is not going to give you prostate cancer or BPH. Sometimes we just need to enjoy ourselves. Maintaining our health is never a punishment. As for the food you detest, there are ways to "supplement" your diet while maintaining a healthy prostate. It is easier to pop vitamins or minerals in a pill or capsules than to eat them. Supplements ensure that you're getting enough nutrition after you've eaten a proper meal.
Then there are herbal supplements. Herbs have been used as medicines for as far as thousands of years. Usually a whole plant, parts of a plant or extracts of either one or a combination of plants are used in herbal medicines. Today, many people prefer to use herbal medicines simply because they exert greater benefits at low doses and effects without the negative effects caused by many pharmaceutical drugs. Examples that prostate drugs have negative effects like dizziness, impotence and loss of libido.
Herbs have played a significant role in prostate, erectile and other diseases treatments for years. Here are some herbs for the treatment of BPH: saw palmetto, pygeum and stinging nettles. Before you take any of the supplements, it is good for you to check with your doctor first, especially if you're on prescription medicine. There may be a conflict. Sometimes botanicals conflict with each other.
Read product labels, follow directions, and heed all warnings. If possible, avoid products sold for much less money than competing brands. The manufacturer had to scrimp somewhere, possibly in the quantity or quality of ingredients. If you see a supplement whose label states or implies the product can diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent a disease ("cures cancer"), the product is being marketed illegally as a drug and as such has not been evaluated for safety or effectiveness. Look for a familiar or reliable name although usually more expensive, supplements made by a certified manufacturer have a reputation to uphold, and its products are likely made under strict controls.(Full view / print on Prostate Problems in PDF file.)