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What is a good diet for prostate health?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Research shows that broccoli and tomatoes -- two vegetables known for their cancer-fighting properties -- are more effective against prostate cancer if they're eaten together as part of a daily diet than if they're eaten alone.

The avocado is known as the testicle plant -- not just because it's shaped like the lovely sperm holders, but because it grows in pairs, and one side hangs lower than the other. The other reason why it could be named after the sacred scrotum: The healthy fat in avocado has also been shown to decrease BPH. The major benefit: smaller prostate size, less BPH, fewer nighttime awakenings for urinating.

Saw palmetto has the same fat as avocados and should decrease prostate growth as well.
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In general, the best diet for prostate health is one that promotes overall health. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, legumes, whole grains, and fish, and less saturated fat. Other helpful dietary habits include eating:
  • fewer spicy and acidic foods, such as salsa and chili
  • less refined sugar (eating less refined sugar may help the body's healing ability)
  • more soy-based foods, such as tofu, miso soup, soy milk, soy beans, and vegetarian burgers (soy-based foods, which are thought to be particularly valuable for hormone-dependent conditions such as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and prostate and breast cancers, provide phytoestrogens that help keep hormones balanced. Soy protein also may be heart healthy)
  • fewer fried foods, high-fat salad dressings and sauces, and red meats (saturated fats seem to irritate the prostate and may lead to higher sex-hormone levels)
  • more zinc-rich foods, such as liver, shellfish, oysters, soy, pumpkin seeds, nuts, wheat germ, bran, milk, eggs, chicken, lentils, and peas (the prostate apparently needs zinc to function properly, although the exact mechanism is unknown)
  • foods with fiber, such as high-fiber cereals and grains, fruits, and vegetables (fiber helps improve regularity by decreasing pressure on the prostate from the lower bowel area, and helps prevent colorectal cancer)

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