Prevent Prostate Cancer: 4 Cancer-Fighting Foods And Drinks To Reduce Your Risk

Individuals who are able to catch prostate cancer early on are generally able to seek necessary treatment prior to it spreading. This typically increases their likelihood of a full and successful recovery, using less invasive treatment methods, like HIFU-- a high intensity focused ultrasound. However, to avoid an advanced-staged diagnosis, it is best to be able to recognize the signs of cancer and visit your physician regularly for check-ups. Your best bet, though, is to avoid a diagnosis altogether, which may be able to be done with these cancer-fighting foods and drinks: 

1. Tomatoes 

Lycopene is a chemical that is found in tomatoes and can help protect you from developing cancer in the stomach, lung and prostate. It may have the ability to reduce your the growth of cancer cells by as much as 20 percent. Watermelon and pink grapefruit are both excellent sources of this natural chemical. In addition, when lycopene is combined with lutein (in green vegetables and avocados), you can reduce your risk of cell growth by 32 percent. 

2. Garlic

Garlic may not allow you to have the best-smelling breath, but it can help reduce your risk of certain cancers, such as colon, stomach and prostate. If you have already been diagnosed, garlic may help slow or even stop the tumor growth. It is recommended to include garlic in a primarily plant-based diet for optimal protection from the development of cancer.

3. Green Tea

Green tea contains numerous antioxidants that can help remove toxins from the body. The polyphenols in green tea can help reduce inflammation of the prostate, which is important because inflammation has been connected to the growth of cancer tumors. One study has even showed that green tea may be able to prevent or slow the development of prostate cancer.

4. Pomegranate Juice

Pomegranate juice is also high in antioxidants and many studies suggest that it is helpful in preventing and slowing the progression of cancer of the prostate. One specific study shows that you may be able to slow prostate cancer by consuming at least eight ounces of pomegranate juice every day. It is able to do this by reducing the doubling time of PSA levels (higher levels indicate aggressive growth).

Although you can take measures to prevent prostate cancer, such as eating the aforementioned foods, you may still receive the diagnosis. HIFU is a new treatment that is being recommended for those who have not had luck with other prostate cancer treatments. If you are diagnosed with prostate cancer, you may want to speak to a HIFU physician, like those at International HIFU, to see if this course of treatment may be helpful in your situation.