Prostate Prevention: Using natural means to promote a healthy prostate

f you're a man in your 40s or 50s, you're probably giving more than passing thought to the risk of prostate cancer. Even if you're younger, there's reason to be concerned about male problems. Testicular cancer, which generally affects men under age 35, is on the rise and sperm counts are dropping fast among men of all ages. What's going on? Many researchers have been drawing attention to male health issues, as if to balance the recent medical emphasis on breast cancer in women. Significantly, male and female reproductive diseases are not mutually exclusive, and many of their causes appear be identical. In addition, eating the right foods and avoiding environmental pollutants may protect both men and women.
Citrus Pectin May Also HelpA recent study at the University of Michigan and Wayne State University has found that a form of modified citrus pectin, taken orally, can prevent metastasizing prostate cancer cells from attaching to other organs. Kenneth J. Pienta, M.D., with co-researchers from Wayne State University, injected prostate cancer cells into three groups of laboratory rats. Fifteen of the 16 untreated rats developed lung metastases within 30 days. In contrast, modified citrus pectin provided significant dose-related protection for the treated rats. Pienta modified the pectin, an unabsorbable component of the fruit's fiber, by making it water soluble. He used a relatively easy laboratory process described in 1960. When treated with 0.1 percent modified citrus pectin in their drinking water, one-half of the laboratory rats developed fewer metastases In summary, prostate problems can be countered with a number of dietary, supplemental and environmental therapies, all of which contribute to the body's own ability to fight cancer, as well as directly battling the cancer itself.
Soy Flavonoids ProtectiveAnother group of nutrients, called (bio)flavonoids, appears to protect against invasive prostate cancer. More than 4,000 flavonoids have been identified in plants, but a particular one in soy may be the most important in terms of preventing prostate cancer. This soy flavonoid, genistein, has a very weak estrogenic effect so weak, in fact, it will not affect masculinity. Yet, it seems to protect against prostate cancers stimulated by male and female hormones. (In actuality, the female hormone estrogen is also produced in the male body, though in very small amounts.) An international team of researchers has suggested that soy intake may account for why some men have a low incidence of invasive prostate cancer relative to others. Herman Adlercreutz, M.D., and his colleagues from Finland and Japan compared levels of several types of flavonoids in the blood of 14 healthy middle-aged Japanese and 14 Finnish men. On average, blood levels of these nutrients including genistein were 7 to 110 times higher among the Japanese men, compared with the Finns. Other research has shown that genistein prevents malignant angiogenesis, the development of blood vessels that promote cancer growth. It also encourages normal cellular differentiation in some types of cancer cells, such as leukemia cells.

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