Ileana Djujic contributed to this article.
It is no secret that eating healthy is key to reducing your chances for cancer. Doctors and nutritionists have recommended chowing down on vegetables, fruits, whole grains, protein and fiber for quite some time. But how exactly do all of these food groups help reduce prostate cancer risks, and why is reducing your prostate cancer risks so important?
Prostate cancer is one of the most common types of cancer and a major cause of death in American men, second only to lung cancer, says the American Cancer Society. One out of six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2009. The American Cancer Society expects this number to grow in 2010.
Knowing what foods have the power to lower your chances of getting prostate cancer is essential. Let’s review what the latest research says about certain tasty and healthy foods that may have what it takes to prevent prostate cancer. Who knows? They might just be your favorite.
1. Tomatoes block chemicals that damage cells.
These fruits (yes, fruits!) contain an extremely high amount of lycopene. Lycopene is a natural chemical found in plants. This chemical is a powerful antioxidant known for its potential to decrease prostate, lung and stomach cancer risks. According to the American Association for Cancer Research, lycopene helps to fight cell damage that could possibly lead to prostate cancer.
2. Soy has good cancer-fighting hormones.
Soybean products are famous for fighting prostate cancer, as well as breast, colon and lung cancers. Soy is a good source of isoflavones, which are plant estrogens. Because isoflavones contain estrogen, they lower testosterone levels that lead to prostate cancer. American Cancer Society studies show that men with prostate cancer who eat soy have lower prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels. High PSA levels can be a sign of cancer. Soy products also lower cholesterol and blood pressure, which help reduce your risks of heart disease....
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