Prostate Health: Don’t Overcook Meat

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Prostate Health: Don’t Overcook Meat

When meat is cooked at very high temperatures in order to make it “well done” or “very well done” the cooking process generates potentially carcinogenic hydrocarbons within the meat. The results of the Prostate, Lung, Colorectal, and Ovarian Cancer Screening Trial of the US National Cancer Institute, published recently in Cancer Research show clearly that eating any overcooked meat, even just once a week, directly harms the human prostate.23 “Lighten up” your meat and live more happily, longer.

A number of nutritional interventions are available that have strong research supporting their ability to support prostate health. Certain vitamins, minerals and herbs such as saw palmetto and African prune, as well as phytochemicals such as ß-sitosterol provide potent options for promoting healthy prostate function and ensuring that prostatic cells are happy and healthy.

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References:
23. Cross AJ, Peters U, Kirsh VA, Andriole GL, Reding D, Hayes RB, Sinha R. A prospective study of meat and meat mutagens and prostate cancer risk. Cancer Res 2005;65:11779-11784.

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Prostate Health: Don’t Be Afraid of Calcium

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Prostate Health: Don’t Be Afraid of Calcium

A small “calcium scare” was started a few years ago by a single report that “high” calcium intake might be detrimental to prostate health.20 However, in that report, a “high” calcium intake was 50% of the RDA. The good news – this false alarm has been contradicted conclusively by the findings of 2 subsequent studies published recently which showed that calcium intake is in fact not detrimental to prostate health.21,22 Eat your calcium and vitamin D, and get some sun – they’re good for you!

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Prostate Health: Don’t Overcook Meat

References:
20. Chan JM, Stampfer MJ, Ma J, Gann PH, Gaziano JM, Giovannucci EL. Dairy products, calcium, and prostate cancer risk in the Physicians’ Health Study. Am J Clin Nutr 2001;74:549-554.
21. Baron JA, Beach M, Wallace K, Grau MV, Sandler RS, Mandel JS, Heber D, Greenberg ER. Risk of prostate cancer in a randomized clinical trial of calcium supplementation. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 2005;14:586-589.
22. Giovannucci E, Liu Y, Stampfer MJ, Willett WC. A prospective study of calcium intake and incident and fatal prostate cancer. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 2006;15:203-210.

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Get Out Once in a While for Prostate Health

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Today’s topic:
Get Out Once in a While for Prostate Health

Some sunlight is good for you. By increasing your natural production of vitamin D, sunlight contributes to bone health, skin health, brain health, heart health, gut health, breast health, reproductive system health and now – prostate health. According to published research men who regularly participated in outdoor activities that allowed exposure to sunlight had healthier prostate glands than men who consciously avoided sun exposure.19 Don’t hide from the sun – seek the light!

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References:
19. John EM, Schwartz GG, Koo J, Van Den Berg D, Ingles SA. Sun exposure, vitamin D receptor gene polymorphisms, and risk of advanced prostate cancer. Cancer Res 2005;65:5470-5479.

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Resveratrol for Prostate Health

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Today’s topic:
Resveratrol for Prostate Health

Resveratrol, the major bioactive phytonutrient in red grapes, supports prostate gland health by helping prostate gland cells maintain synchronized regulation of their life cycles.18 A high quality dietary supplement containing resveratrol, may also enhance the body’s ability keep your prostate vibrantly healthy.

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References:
18. Jones SB, DePrimo SE, Whitfield ML, Brooks JD. Resveratrol-induced gene expression profiles in human prostate cancer cells. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 2005;14:596-604.

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Zinc for Prostate Health

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Today’s topic:
Zinc for Prostate Health

Zinc is a key nutrient that is present in high concentrations in prostate tissue. Recent research results suggest that an abundant supply of zinc in the body may support normal metabolic control in prostate cells, allowing them to maintain regularity of their cellular differentiation cycles.17

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References:
17. Costello LC, Franklin RB. The clinical relevance of the metabolism of prostate cancer; zinc and tumor suppression: Connecting the dots. Mol Cancer 2006;5:17 (13 pages). doi:10.1186/1476-4598-5-17 (http://www.molecular-cancer.com/content/5/1/17).

 

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Milk Thistle for Prostate Health

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Today’s topic:
Milk Thistle for Prostate Health

Extracts of milk thistle have been associated with health benefits to the liver for many centuries. The 21st century has seen this powerful liver health promoter come into its own as a strong supporter of the prostate gland. Research published recently in Biomedical Papers has confirmed the role of the phytonutrients in milk thistle seeds in the maintenance of healthy regulation of the prostate cell cycle and the contribution of these phytonutrients to prostate health.16

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References:
16. Kren V, Walterova D. Silybin and silymarin—new effects and applications. Biomed Pap 2005;149:29-41.

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African Prune Tree (Pygeum africanum) for Prostate Health

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African Prune Tree (Pygeum africanum) for Prostate Health

Research further shows that phytonutrients contained in the bark of the African prune tree, Pygeum africanum, are valuable promoters of prostate health. As little as 100 mg daily provide support to prostate cells in their struggle to maintain the stability of their life cycles.14

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References:
14. Ishani A, MacDonald R, Nelson D, Rutks I, Wilt TJ. Pygeum africanum for the treatment of patients with benign prostatic hyperplasia: A systematic review and quantitative meta-analysis. Am J Med 2000;109:654-664.

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Pomegranate Fruit for Prostate Health

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Today’s topic:
Pomegranate Fruit for Prostate Health

The antioxidant strength of the phytonutrients in pomegranate fruit allows this fruit to bolster the regulation of the prostate gland cell cycle. As we have seen, strong antioxidants and cell cycle regulators are beneficial to the prostate gland. Indeed, the results of research published recently in Cell Cycle and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA demonstrate that pomegranate fruit phytonutrients help human prostate gland cells regulate their life cycles and functions.12,13

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References:
12. Malik A, Mukhtar H. Prostate cancer prevention through pomegranate fruit. Cell Cycle 2006;5:371-373.
13. Malik A, Afaq F, Sarfaraz S, Adhami VM, Syed DN, Mukhtar H. Pomegranate fruit juice for chemoprevention and chemotherapy of prostate cancer. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 2005;102:14813-14818.

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Saw Palmetto for Prostate Health

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Saw Palmetto for Prostate Health

Compounds found in saw palmetto berries have been shown to contribute to the normal stability of cell cycle regulation in prostate gland cells. Human clinical trials have confirmed that dietary supplementation with 320 mg or more of a phytosterols-rich extract of saw palmetto berries is a powerful ally to the prostate gland. In addition, after performing a detailed and very rigorous mathematical analysis of all of the available data on the human responses to daily dietary supplementation with saw palmetto berry extract, the prestigious Cochrane Collaborative Review Group concluded that this extract is a strong promoter of prostate health.11

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References:
11. Wilt TJ, Ishani A, Stark G, MacDonald R, Lau J, Mulrow C. Saw palmetto extracts for treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia. A systematic review. JAMA 1998;280:1604-1609.

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Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica L.) for Prostate Health

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Today’s topic:
Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica L.) for Prostate Health

The roots of the stinging nettle plant contain antioxidants that are active in the human prostate and may help prostate gland cells maintain population stability.9,10

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References:
9. Mavi A, Terzi Z, Ozgen U, Yildirim A, Coskun M. Antioxidant properties of some medicinal plants: Prangos ferulacea (Apiaceae), Sedum sempervivoides (Crassulaceae), Malva neglecta (Malvaceae), Cruciata taurica (Rubiaceae), Rosa pimpinellifolia (Rosaceae), Galium verum subsp. verum (Rubiaceae), Urtica dioica (Urticaceae). Biol Pharm Bull 2004;27:702-705.
10. Safarinejad MR. Urtica dioica for treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia. A prospective, randomized, double-blind, placebocontrolled, crossover study. J Herb Pharmacother 2005;5:1-11.

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