Prostate cancer occurs when cells in the tissue of the prostate gland become abnormal and grow out of control. It commonly affects men between aged 55 to 69. Some of its early warning signs include the following:
- Blood in semen
- Difficulty getting an erection (erectile dysfunction)
- Painful ejaculation
- Burning or pain during urination
- Blood in urine (hematuria)
- Difficulty urinating, or trouble starting and stopping while urinating
- More frequent urges to urinate at night
- Loss of bladder control
- Decreased flow or velocity of urine stream
According to studies, a person’s risk for prostate cancer can actually be lowered by simply eating a few powerful foods.
In a study conducted at the University of Texas at Austin, it was found that the compounds found in foods like turmeric, apple peels, berries, and red grapes have the ability to reduce prostate tumors and kill prostate cancer cells. Moreover, researchers have found that these compounds are even more effective once they are combined. Results of this study were published in the journal Precision Oncology.
The Powerful Compounds From Foods Against Prostate Cancer
Curcumin In Turmeric
Curcumin can help protect against diseases caused by chronic inflammation like cancer, metabolic syndrome, heart disease, degenerative diseases and Alzheimer’s. It supports the overall health of the cardiovascular system, encourages healthy cholesterol levels, helps counteract the adverse effects of everyday stress on the body, aids in maintaining normal blood sugar levels and has powerful antioxidant and anti-cancer properties that may inhibit the growth of tumors and reduce the spread of cancer.
Resveratrol In Berries And Red Grapes
Resveratrol is a plant compound that acts as an antioxidant. It can be found in red wine, red grape skins, purple grape juice, mulberries, and in smaller amounts in peanuts.
It can help lower blood pressure, protect the brain, increase insulin sensitivity, ease joint pain, and suppress cancer cells. It may also decrease pain and swelling.
Ursolic Acid From Apple Peels (can also be found in Rosemary and Thyme.)
Ursolic Acid is primarily recognized for its potential role in cell growth regulation. It has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, anti-cancer, and liver-protective properties. It can also help prevent memory impairment, reduces post-stroke damage, and stimulates muscle growth.
Studies show that the combination of curcumin and ursolic acid was effective when it came to halting tumor growth. On the other hand, ursolic acid combined with resveratrol or curcumin can help stop prostate cancer cells from using the amino acid glutamine, which encourages their growth. It was also revealed that these compounds didn’t cause any side effects when given to mice.
A healthy lifestyle is needed when it comes to preventing cancer. You can lower your risk of any type of cancer by having an organic diet, being physically active, and knowing how to manage stress. Choose foods that are rich in nutrients needed by the body and avoid processed foods.