Many men diagnosed with even early-stage prostate cancer feel enormous pressure to treat it aggressively.
But mainstream treatments—which often include surgery and radiation—can take a terrible toll on a man’s quality of life in both the bathroom…and the bedroom.
That’s why I want to reveal SEVEN science-backed ways to PREVENT this common cancer.
Let’s dive right in…
Seven ways to slash the most common cancer in men
- Eat like an Italian. Men concerned about prostate cancer should make sure to eat lots of cooked tomatoes, as they’re packed with lycopene—a powerful carotenoid that protects the prostate.
I helped discover this important carotenoid back in the mid-1980s while researching nutrient composition in foods at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
It turns out, lycopene is a powerhouse for prostate health.
In fact, a recent study followed more than 27,000 men for about eight years. At the study’s outset, all the men were cancer-free.
During the eight-year follow-up period, more than 1,000 men developed prostate cancer. However, men who consumed cooked tomatoes four or more times per week had a 28 percent lower risk of developing prostate cancer compared to those who didn’t eat any tomatoes at all.
And men who consumed about one-third cup per day of cooked or canned tomatoes received the most protection.
- Add some garlic. Since you may already be sautéing up some tomatoes, you might as well sauté some fresh garlic, too, as it also helps protect against prostate cancer.
In fact, in a 2002 study published in the prestigious Journal of the National Cancer Institute, men who ate the most garlic had a staggering 53 percent lower risk of developing prostate cancer compared to their peers!
- Up your fish intake. Focus on enjoying plenty of fatty fish each week, including wild-caught salmon, herring, mackerel, and sardines. These types of cold-water fish contain the most omega-3 fatty acids, which have potent, anti-inflammatory effects that help protect against prostate cancer.
In fact, a recent analysis found that men who eat more fatty fish (with omega-3s) had a 63 percent lower risk of dying from prostate cancer.
Plus, a 2013 Harvard study of more than 293,000 men found that increased omega-3 fatty acid intake was associated with a significantly lower rate of fatal prostate cancer.
Ideally, everyone should eat fresh, wild-caught fish as often as possible—at least three times per week. But most people have a hard to hitting that target.
If that sounds like you, I recommend taking a high-quality fish oil supplement daily. You can learn all about quality, forms, and dosages of fish oil in the June 2018 issue of my Insiders’ Cures newsletter (“Why I’m upping my recommendations for this ‘controversial’ supplement”). Not a subscriber? Click here to get started today.
- Get more sun. More and more research shows that low levels of vitamin D in the blood can contribute to the development of many cancers, including prostate cancer.
So, make sure to spend at least 15 minutes a day out in the sun without sunscreen. (Remember, at this time of year, exposure to the sun triggers your skin’s own natural production of this critical nutrient.) You should also make sure to add foods rich in vitamin D to your plate—including healthy meats and full-fat dairy (including cheese).
All that being said, most people still need to supplement with 250 mcg (10,000 IU) of vitamin D daily and year-round to reach optimal blood levels. (Optimal blood levels are between 50 and 75 ng/mL. So, ask your doctor to check your levels twice a year—once toward the end of winter and again toward the end of summer.)
- Enjoy more coffee. Another recent study found that men who drink six cups or more of coffee have a 20 percent lower risk of developing prostate cancer. That may sound like a lot of coffee, but remember coffee mugs often contain two to three cups. So, enjoying a couple of mugs of coffee in the morning can help do the trick.
- Tighten that belt. As I always advise, maintaining a healthy weight protects you against any number of chronic diseases. Some studies even suggest that men who struggle with obesity have a higher risk of developing prostate cancer, specifically.
So, as always, make sure to follow a balanced diet and get 140 to 150 minutes of light-to-moderate exercise per week. These healthy lifestyle habits work wonders for your health…and your waistline. (And remember, routine housework and spring cleaning, like vacuuming and raking leaves, count toward your weekly physical activity total!)
- Have more fun in the bedroom. Researchers recently found that men who stay sexually active may have a lower risk of developing prostate cancer.
For this big study, researchers followed about 32,000 men for almost 20 years. During that time, about 4,000 of them developed prostate cancer. But those who ejaculated at least 21 times a month in their 20s were 19 percent less likely to develop prostate cancer than those who ejaculated no more than seven times a month.
It seems that healthy sexual activity becomes even more important as a man ages, too. In fact, in that same study, men who ejaculated more often in their 40s were 22 percent less likely to develop prostate cancer. And it makes sense the protection continues the older you get.
Of course, there are dozens more science-backed approaches to preventing—and even reversing—prostate cancer. But I’m all out of space for today.
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