Eat greens, lower prostate cancer risk

June 4th, 2009

SYDNEY - A diet rich in fruits and vegetables but low in fat and red meat is the new mantra for preventing and treating prostate cancer.

Robert Ma and K. Chapman of the University of New South Wales (UNSW) conducted an evidence-based review of dietary recommendations in the prevention of prostate cancer and in the management of patients with prostate cancer.

They found that a diet rich in fruits and vegetable but low in fat and red meat and cutting down on dairy products may help prevent prostate cancer. This diet is helpful for patients diagnosed with prostate cancer as well.

Specifically, consumption of tomatoes, cauliflower, broccoli, green tea and vitamins including Vitamin E and selenium appear to decrease the risk of prostate cancer.

Consumption of highly processed or charcoaled meats, dairy products, and fats seemed to be correlated with prostate cancer, said a UNSW release.

Although not conclusive, results suggest that general dietary modification has a beneficial effect on the prevention of prostate cancer, the authors concluded.

The study was published in the June issue of the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics.

Filed under Cancer, Medicine, News, World

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