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Switch To Plant-Based Diet Could Boost Prostate Cancer Survival


“Following a healthy plant-based diet after a diagnosis of prostate cancer may help prevent the disease from progressing or recurring, a new study suggests.” [Source: medicalxpress.com]


Research shows that nutritional and dietary-based approaches can prevent and even reverse the development of prostate cancer.

A study published in the Cancer Prevention Research journal in 2015 provided evidence that supplements containing green tea catechins may help reduce the incidence of prostate cancer. In a randomized placebo-controlled trial, men with precancerous lesions in their prostates took capsules containing either 400 mg of the green tea extract epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) per day or a placebo.

Carried out over a period of one year, the study found that men who took EGCG experienced a significant decrease in levels of the cancer biomarker prostate-specific antigen (PSA). This is important as when assessed in combination with other key risk factors, high levels of PSA can indicate an increased risk of prostate cancer.

Similarly, a separate study published in 2015 by researchers from the Medical University of South Carolina in the United States demonstrated that vitamin D supplements may slow down or even reverse the progression of low-grade prostate cancer tumors. The patients who took part in the study were 37 men with prostate cancer who had decided to undergo prostatectomy (removal of the gland). Divided into two groups, they received either 4,000 IU of vitamin D per day or a placebo.

After 60 days the men’s prostate glands were removed and examined. The researchers found that the prostates of men who had received the vitamin D supplements showed significant improvement, whereas the condition of those in the placebo group had either stayed the same or worsened.

To read about the impressive effects on prostate cancer of a specific combination of micronutrients designed by scientists at the Dr. Rath Research Institute, see this article on our website.