Prostate cancer is one of the many health conditions men dread most as they advance in age. Even though there are medications to treat this ailment, men are searching for ways to avoid it entirely, considering the effects and discomfort associated with it.
Thankfully, men can prevent and inhibit the occurrence of prostate cancer by adopting a good lifestyle and making certain food and supplement choices.
Most importantly, there are various nutrients that have been shown to be effective in protecting against prostate cancer and inhibiting its development or progression.
Read below 3 natural prostate cancer killers you should include in your diet to live free of this health condition.
Chili pepper is a source of capsaicin, a substance which does not only provide the hot, spicy trademark of this vegetable, but possesses prostate cancer killing properties as well.
In a recent study from Spain, researchers showed that capsaicin induced the death of prostate cancer cells.
It specifically states that capsaicin increased factors involved with autophagy, the natural destructive process of cells that takes apart dysfunctional components.
Another study from UCLA School of Medicine reported that capsaicin inhibited the growth of prostate cancer cells.
Here’s one of the ways to reap the benefits of chili pepper , apart from incorporating it in your diet. You should begin with a small amount of pepper (1/8 teaspoon) mixed in water. Take this two to three times daily and increased it slowly. Consult with your healthcare provider before beginning cayenne supplements.
Ginger is another useful spice to prevent the development of prostate cancer. Researchers observed that ginger inhibited cancer cell growth and tumor growth, promoted apoptosis, and inhibited cell life progression (cell cycling) in mice.
Numerous subsequent studies have supported these findings, including a University of Texas at Austin study in which a team demonstrated how 6-shogaol, a potent compound in ginger, reduced survival, inhibited tumor growth, and induced cell suicide in both human and mouse prostate cancer cells.
Thus far there’s no decision about an effective dosage of ginger for men who want to help prevent prostate cancer. Based on what has been shown to be effective in mice, 648 mg per day may be suggested for a 176-pound man (8.1 mg per 2.2 lb).
The polyphenols in green tea known as catechins inhibit the growth of prostate cancer cells, as demonstrated in both laboratory and human studies. For example, one trial showed that catechins in green tea were 90 percent effective in preventing prostate cancer in men who had pre-malignant lesions.
The men in the study took 200 mg of green tea catechins three times daily for one year.
Numerous laboratory studies have pointed to the benefits of green tea and its catechins in prostate cancer, including a University of Toledo (Ohio) study in which the main catechin in green tea, epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), was noted to “provide protective effects against inflammation in the prostate and benefit prostate cancer treatment.”
The amount of EGCG in each cup of green tea can vary greatly depending on the brand, form of the tea, how you prepare it, where it was grown, and so on. You may get as much as 180 mg EGCG per cup, but don’t always count on it. When drinking green tea, you can get the most EGCG from each cup you drink.