A correct diet can help reduce the risk of diseases that affect the male gland, including cancer.
Did you know ...?
- Some men have a higher risk of developing prostate cancer than others, and 88% of them are unaware of it.
- The risk increases considerably if a parent or sibling has suffered from prostate or breast cancer.
- People who are overweight and obese are at increased risk of developing many of the most common cancers.
The most important vitamins
Men under 55 are advised to consume between 700 and 800 mg of calcium per day, while those over 55 should aim for 1200 mg.
Calcium is found in: kale, chicken, lettuce, beans and legumes, almonds and sesame seeds.
Eat foods rich in lycopene such as: red pepper, guava, watermelon, pomegranate and tomatoes.
Studies show men who eat foods rich in lycopene are much less likely to develop prostate cancer.
Catechins are found in high concentration in green, white and oolong teas, and in lower concentrations in black tea. Regular daily consumption of unsweetened, unsalted green tea may offer protection against cancer.
Foods to avoid
Try to leave out coffee and black tea.
We could all use a boost in the morning, but studies suggest that six cups a day of green tea helps protect against cancer. Try substituting your usual cups of black tea and coffee.
A diet full of organic vegetables and fruits can lower the risk of developing prostate cancer. Try to get the nutrients your body needs from the foods you eat instead of pills, unless under specific circumstances: on a vegan diet, or to increase your vitamin D level during the winter.
The information presented here is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. In no case should she be relied upon for specific medical advice. If you have any questions or concerns, talk to your doctor.