Dr. Fuhrman's Diet Advice for Prostate Health
By Joel Fuhrman, M.D. www.drfuhrman.com
Great Diet Tips For Everyone!
- Eat a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables, rich not only in lycopene but in thousands of other protective compounds. Each year, researchers find another carotenoid that has powerful beneficial effects and reduces cancer. Spinach was this year’s recipient of the anti-prostate cancer award, with researchers in Japan finding neoxanthin compounds (a class of carotenoids) that powerfully inhibit prostate cancer. In the past, pink grapefruit, watermelon, cooked tomatoes, pomegranate, cruciferous vegetables, red peppers, berries, figs, and many other foods all have been shown to inhibit the development of prostate cancer.
- Drink a glass of fresh squeezed vegetable juice daily.
- Have a bowl of soup made with cruciferous greens, leeks and beans almost every day.
- Limit or avoid animal products to less than 5 percent of total calories, and don’t drink milk or eat cheese or butter. Do not take flaxseed oil; studies suggest it may worsen prostate cancer. Limit the use of all oil, using avocado, whole nuts, and seeds as the main source of fat in your diet and in sauces and salad dressings.
- Take a multivitamin daily to assure adequate selenium, iodine, B12, and other trace minerals.
- Take a small amount of DHA fat daily or a few times a week, to assure ideal omega-3 status.
- Get a blood test for vitamin D every few years to assure you do not need additional supplementation. At the same time, check blood for homocysteine and MMA (methylmalonic acid) to assure that B12 and folate status are ideal.