EAT YOUR VEGETABLES FOR PROSTATE HEALTH
Mom was right about those vegetables. Firstly, it appears that a reduced risk of aggressive prostate cancer is associated with eating more cruciferous veggies like broccoli and cauliflower. In other words eat your vegetables for better prostate health!
Several studies have demonstrated an association between eating vegetables and a reduced risk of prostate cancer. However, study results have not been consistent and many have not investigated the association among patients with aggressive prostate cancer.
DR KIRSH STUDY
Dr Victoria Kirsh of Cancer Care Ontario in Toronto evaluated the possible association in 1,338 prostate cancer patients. The patients were diagnosed in a Prostate, Lung, Colorectal and Ovarian Cancer Screening Trial. Each of the men completed a 137-item food-frequency questionnaire.
The Journal of the National Cancer Institute published the study. The study concluded that there was no reduced risk of prostate cancer based on diet. However, there is a direct correlation between diet and the severity of the prostate cancer. In other words there is a reduced risk of aggressive prostate cancer if there is a greater consumption of dark green and cruciferous vegetables – especially broccoli and cauliflower.
“Aggressive prostate cancer is biologically virulent and associated with poor prognosis. Therefore, a possible means to reduce the burden of this disease may be primary prevention through increased consumption of broccoli, cauliflower, and possibly spinach,” Kirsh says. Another reason to get your daily dose of veggies – especially broccoli and cauliflower.
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