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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Super foods to promote Prostate Health

[This content is extracted from the website of 'fitnea.com']

In fact, the best and easiest advice to anyone, in avoiding such a problem ---> is to avoid all sort of meaty diets, wines and stress. In other words, the safety and healthiest methods would be to adopt a vegetarian lifestyles (with the appropriate balance).

However, following food items are considered as the best 'blocker' to prostate problem :
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Brazil nuts


It contains a rich source of selenium. It is estimated that, just an ounce of Brazil nuts can contain as much as 10 times the RDA for selenium. Studies have shown that selenium intake is associated with a reduced risk of prostate cancer. The Brazil nuts has a very good source of zinc (an important mineral that plays an important role). Because of its high saturated fat content, it is suggested that ones should not consume in excess (perhaps, just a few ounces per week), as they are such a super food when it comes to selenium.
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Broccoli


This vegetable contains high amounts of the phytonutrients sulforaphane and the indoles (both having anticancer properties). Studies has discovered that indole carbinol, can suppress the growth of prostate cancer cells and inhibited the production of prostate specific antigen. Researchers found that eating broccoli more than once a week can reduce the likelihood of developing stage III and IV prostate cancer by 40 percent. Do not overcooked (not longer than five minutes), or otherwise, its anticancer abilities will fade. In order to boost the healthful value of broccoli, do add virgin olive oil, fresh garlic and cayenne.
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Green tea
It provides a good source of antioxidant compounds called catechins, which has been shown to destroy certain viruses and bacteria, boost immunity and fight prostate cancer. Research has shown that green tea polyphenols can significantly lower the levels of biomarkers for prostate cancer. Studies has shown that men who drink at least 3 cups of green tea a day have a reduced risk of prostate cancer. And, experts have found that compounds of green tea interfere with the activity of an enzyme having a role in initiating prostate cancer. These compounds also prompt prostate cancer cells to destroy. Catechins help to repair damaged DNA that can otherwise trigger cancer growth.
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Mushrooms


Asian mushrooms are known to contain lentinan, a type of ß glucan that has demonstrated anticancer properties. They also contain a potent antioxidant called ergothioneine. Its forte is exerting potent antioxidant properties to protect the cells throughout the body, including the prostate. One research recently found that ergothioneine provides protection to cells from damage associated with toxins and other substances.
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Pomegranates

This superb fruit is rich in antioxidants and a phytonutrient called ellagitannin, which is especially helpful in promoting prostate health. Studies showed that pomegranate extracts can slow the production of prostate cancer cells and prompt the cells to destroy themselves.

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Pumpkin Seeds
It offers unique health benefits for the prostate, especially for those who have benign hypertrophy of prostate. Pumpkin seeds’ oil helps preventing the hormones from triggering multiplication of prostate cells. This oil also contains carotenoids and omega fatty acids. Studies show that men who have high levels of carotenoids in their diet, have a reduced risk of prostate enlargement. Another nutrient found in pumpkin seeds is zinc, which is also associated with prostate health (zinc protects against the development of prostate cancer).
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Salmon

Omega fatty acids are an important nutrient for supporting prostate health. Studies have found that omega-3 fatty acids in fish, slow development of prostate tumor and progression in men. Researchers have reported that eating salmon at least once per week might reduce a risk of developing advanced prostate cancer, even if it is genetically predisposed. Always choose wild salmon for a healthier choice than the farmed variety.
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Tomatoes

This provides a good source of lycopene. It is a potent antioxidant that has proven itself to have properties that enhance prostate health. Tomatoes’ antioxidant potency increases when they are processed. Thus tomato paste, soup, sauce or juice offers more antioxidant protection for the prostate than do fresh ones. As such, many studies showed that processed tomato products really enhance prostate health. Researchers said that, just a serving of tomato product every day can protect against the DNA damage that sets the stage for prostate cancer. Besides, it is also helpful for managing benign prostatic hypertrophy.

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