The Prostate Diet is the culmination of years of research and evaluation of scores of studies. Through diet and your lifestyle habits you can lower your risk for prostate cancer, benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), and prostatitis. In some cases you can also better manage symptoms and reduce inflammation through diet and maintaining a healthy weight. Find out which foods are good for prostate health.
10 Foundations of The Prostate Diet
Here are the 10 foundation of The Prostate Diet with guidelines on how you can get started today:
- Maximize fruit and vegetable servings: Fruits and vegetables contain high levels of cancer- and inflammation-fighting substances such as antioxidants, polyphenols, vitamins, minerals, and fiber.
- Eat healthy fats: Fats such as those consumed in Mediterranean countries can decrease inflammation and support overall prostate health. Fats from olives, nuts, avocadoes, and fish are better than animal fats.
- Choose plant protein over animal protein: Plant protein gives you all the nutrients and health benefits needed for maximum prostate health. Diets rich in plant protein have been shown to reduce rates of cancer and prostate disease. Also, according to the World Health Organization, “diets high in red meat, dairy products, and animal fat have frequently been implicated in the development of prostate cancer.”
- Eat whole and natural foods: Consuming foods high in fiber has been linked to lower levels of testosterone (Wang 2008) and lower PSA scores (Tariq 2000), both good indicators for prostate health.
- Consume green tea: The antioxidant and catechin benefits of green tea decrease prostate cancer risk and have been shown to reduce the risk of certain prostate disorders.
- Eat omega-3 rich foods: Found in certain fish, Omega 3 fats fight inflammation, a process that eats up the body’s natural antioxidants and weakens the immune system, making the body more vulnerable to disease. Omega 3 has been shown to significantly decrease prostate cancer risk.
- Avoid foods and additives that are harmful to prostate health: Some foods, supplements, additives and nutrients are especially harmful to the prostate. Foods to avoid include but are not limited to red meat, calcium, chondroitin, and foods high in sugar.
- Take supplements that can support prostate health: Many supplements are beneficial to the prostate and can help in supporting inflammation as well as assisting in managing the symptoms of an aging prostate like frequent urination and urgency.
- Consume cancer killing foods: Numerous foods and their components in The Prostate Diet have been shown to be potential cancer killers. Read more about prostate cancer killing foods.
- Hydrate: Drinking pure water is essential for prostate health.