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Are there any foods to eat or avoid if I have prostate cancer?
Can any foods help with my prostate cancer?
Some studies suggest that certain foods could help slow down the growth of prostate cancer or lower the chance of it coming back after treatment. We describe some of these foods below. With all of these foods, the evidence isn’t very strong and other studies haven’t shown any effect. This means we can’t say for sure whether any of these foods can help.
Soya beans and other pulses
Soya beans belong to a group of plants called pulses or legumes. Some of the chemicals in soya beans are also found in other pulses, such as kidney beans, chickpeas and lentils.
We don’t know whether pulses have an effect on prostate cancer, but they are a good source of protein and other nutrients that are important for general health. Three heaped tablespoons of cooked pulses can count as one of your five daily portions of vegetables.
Soya beans are available in some supermarkets in the frozen foods or dried snacks sections. If you decide to eat more soya beans, you could try products such as soya milk and yoghurts, tofu, soya bread, miso and tempeh. Try to avoid products with added salt and sugar.
Some studies suggest that chemicals in green tea might protect against prostate cancer growth and advanced prostate cancer. But we can’t say for certain about the effects of green tea, as other studies haven’t seen the same benefits.
If you decide to drink green tea, you’ll need to brew it for five minutes to make sure plenty of nutrients are released, making the flavour quite strong. You might want to choose a decaffeinated variety, especially if you have urinary problems, as caffeine can irritate the bladder.
Tomatoes and lycopene
Tomatoes contain a plant chemical called lycopene. Some studies have suggested that eating tomatoes could help to protect against prostate cancer growth and aggressive prostate cancer. But experts recently looked at all of the studies on lycopene and only found limited evidence of any benefit for men with prostate cancer. So we don’t know if it’s helpful.
Cooked and processed tomatoes, such as tomato sauces, soups, purees and pastes, are a better source of lycopene than fresh tomatoes. This is because the body finds it easier to absorb lycopene from tomatoes that have been cooked or processed, particularly with a little oil. Try to choose low-salt and low-sugar options as some products, such as ketchup, have added salt and sugar.
Lycopene is also found in watermelons, pink grapefruits, guava and papaya. As lycopene isn’t stored inside the body for very long, you need to eat foods containing lycopene regularly to keep some in your body. You may need to avoid grapefruit if you take certain medicines, including some drugs to lower cholesterol or blood pressure, drugs to treat erection problems, and warfarin to thin your blood. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you’re unsure.
These include broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, bok choy, spinach and kale. Some studies suggest that cruciferous vegetables may help slow down the growth of prostate cancer and reduce the risk of advanced prostate cancer. But we need more research into the effects of cruciferous vegetables, as other studies haven’t found this.
Some studies suggest that pomegranate juice may be good for men with prostate cancer. But we don’t yet know if this is the case. If you want to try pomegranate juice, choose a variety with no added sugar. You may need to avoid pomegranate if you use certain prescription drugs. Ask your pharmacist for advice.
Prostate cancer prevention: Ways to reduce your risk
Prostate cancer prevention: Ways to reduce your risk
There’s no proven prostate cancer prevention strategy. But you may reduce your risk of prostate cancer by making healthy choices, such as exercising and eating a healthy diet.
By Mayo Clinic Staff
If you’re concerned about your risk of prostate cancer, you may be interested in prostate cancer prevention.
There’s no sure way to prevent prostate cancer. Study results often conflict with each other, and most studies aren’t designed to definitively prove whether something prevents prostate cancer. As a result, no clear ways to prevent prostate cancer have emerged.
In general, doctors recommend that men with an average risk of prostate cancer make choices that benefit their overall health if they’re interested in prostate cancer prevention.
Choose a healthy diet
There is some evidence that choosing a healthy diet that’s low in fat and full of fruits and vegetables may contribute to a lower risk of prostate cancer, though research results have been mixed and this hasn’t been proved concretely.
If you want to reduce your risk of prostate cancer, consider trying to:
Choose a low-fat diet. Foods that contain fats include meats, nuts, oils and dairy products, such as milk and cheese.
In some studies, men who ate the highest amount of fat each day had an increased risk of prostate cancer. This doesn’t prove that excess fat causes prostate cancer. Other studies haven’t found this association. But reducing the amount of fat you eat each day has other proven benefits, such as helping you control your weight and helping your heart.
To reduce the amount of fat you eat each day, limit fatty foods or choose low-fat varieties. For instance, reduce the amount of fat you add to foods when cooking, select leaner cuts of meat, and choose low-fat or reduced-fat dairy products.
Increase the amount of fruits and vegetables you eat each day. Fruits and vegetables are full of vitamins and nutrients that are thought to reduce the risk of prostate cancer, though research hasn’t proved that any particular nutrient is guaranteed to reduce your risk.
Eating more fruits and vegetables also tends to make you have less room for other foods, such as high-fat foods.
You might consider increasing the amount of fruits and vegetables you eat each day by adding an additional serving of a fruit or vegetable to each meal. Consider eating fruits and vegetables for snacks.
- Reduce the amount of dairy products you eat each day. In studies, men who ate the most dairy products — such as milk, cheese and yogurt — each day had the highest risk of prostate cancer. But study results have been mixed, and the risk associated with dairy products is thought to be small.
Maintain a healthy weight
Men who are obese — a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher — may have an increased risk of prostate cancer. If you are overweight or obese, work on losing weight. You can do this by reducing the number of calories you eat each day and increasing the amount of exercise you do.
If you are at a healthy weight, work to maintain it by exercising most days of the week and choosing a healthy diet that’s rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
Exercise most days of the week
Studies of exercise and prostate cancer risk have mostly shown that men who exercise may have a reduced risk of prostate cancer.
Exercise has many other health benefits and may reduce your risk of heart disease and other cancers. Exercise can help you maintain your weight, or it can help you lose weight.
If you don’t already exercise, make an appointment with your doctor to make sure it’s OK for you to get started. When you begin exercising, go slowly. Add physical activity to your day by parking your car farther away from where you’re going, and try taking the stairs instead of the elevator.
Aim for 30 minutes of exercise most days of the week.
Talk to your doctor about your risk
Some men have an increased risk of prostate cancer. For those with a very high risk of prostate cancer, there may be other options for risk reduction, such as medications. If you think you have a high risk of prostate cancer, discuss it with your doctor.
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Is There a Prostate Cancer Diet?
When you’re being treated for cancer, it’s more important than ever to eat right and get adequate nutrition — but it can also be more difficult than ever to adhere to a balanced cancer diet. Your body is working overtime to fight the cancer, while it’s also doing extra duty to repair healthy cells that may have been damaged as a side effect of treatments like chemotherapy and radiation. At the same time, many cancer treatments — especially chemotherapy — come with side effects that drain your strength and sap your appetite. So how can you make sure you’re getting all the essential nutrients, vitamins, and minerals you need to keep a balanced cancer diet?
- Participate in regular exercise. Walking is best.
- Limit your calorie intake. Excess calories are bad for cancer growth. Eat what you need to get to the next meal, not the usual American style of eating all you can as if you are never going to eat again.
- Get sunshine daily. Darker-skinned people need more sunshine.
- Don’t follow these or any guidelines to excess. Moderation is the key.
- Heart healthy is prostate healthy.Heart disease is still the No. 1 killer, even in men with prostate cancer.
- Variety in the foods you eat is important. Increase the diversity.
- Remember supplements are supplements. They are not intended to replace an intelligent diet; their purpose is to supplement an intelligent diet. Supplements are a poor alternative to eating foods that are high in the desired nutrients.
- See a doctor regularly for early detection and preventative care. Be proactive rather than reactive.
The two diets known to be associated with longevity and reduced risks for prostate cancer are the traditional Japanese diet and a Southern Mediterranean diet. The Japanese diet is high in green tea, soy, vegetables, and fish, as well as low in calories and fat. The Mediterranean diet is high is fresh fruits and vegetables, garlic, tomatoes, red wine, olive oil, and fish. Both are low in red meat.
Specifically, you should incorporate these principles when reevaluating your daily diet:
- Reduce animal fat in your diet. Studies show that excess fat, primarily red meat and high-fat dairy, stimulates prostate cancer to grow.
- Avoid trans fatty acids, which are known to promote cancer growth. These are high in margarines, and fried and baked foods.
- Increase your fresh fish intake, which is high in the very beneficial alpha omega-3 fatty acids. Ideally eat cold-water fish such as salmon, sardines, mackerel, and trout, at least two to three times a week. The fish should be poached, baked, or grilled (not burned or charred). Avoid fried fish.
- Significantly increase your fresh fruit, herb, and vegetable consumption daily. Powerful anticancer nutrients are being discovered regularly in colorful fruits and vegetables, fresh herbs, leafy green vegetables, nuts, berries, and seeds.
- Avoid high-calcium diets, which have been shown to stimulate prostate cancer growth.
- Take a multivitamin with B complex and folic acid daily.
- Avoid high-dose zinc supplements.
- Increase your natural vitamin C consumption — this includes citrus, berries, spinach, cantaloupe, sweet peppers, and mango.
- Drink green tea several times each week.
- Avoid excess preserved, pickled, or salted foods.
- Eat red grapes, drink red grape juice, or red wine regularly.
- Eat leafy dark-green vegetables frequently.
- Cruciferous vegetables are cancer protective. These include cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower.
- Tomatoes and especially tomato products are very high in lycopene, a powerful anticancer substance. This includes pizza sauce, tomato paste, and ketchup.
- Avoid flax seed oil. This can stimulate prostate cancer to grow. You can obtain the very healthy alpha omega-3 fatty acids you need through fresh fish and nuts.
- Use olive oil, which is very healthy and rich in vitamin E and antioxidants. Avocado oil is also good. Avoid oils high in polyunsaturated fats such as corn, canola, or soybean.
- Take vitamin E, 50 to 100 IU of gamma and d-alpha, only with the approval of your doctor. Some recent studies have raised concerns over serious risks with vitamin E intake. Natural sources include nuts, seeds, olive oil, avocado oil, wheat germ, peas, and nonfat milk.
- Selenium is a very powerful antioxidant and the backbone molecule of your body’s immune system. Most studies support a daily selenium supplement of 200 micrograms a day. The benefits appear to be only for those who have low selenium levels, which is difficult and expensive to measure. Since it only costs about 7 cents a day and is not toxic at these levels, it is reasonable for all men to take selenium. Natural sources include Brazil nuts, fresh fish, grains, mushrooms, wheat germ, bran, whole-wheat bread, oats, and brown rice.
How your diet promotes a healthy prostate
The Mediterranean Diet has a strong association between lowering cancer risk and preventing heart disease. This is attributed to the fact that this diet is focused on whole foods including fruits, vegetables, whole grains and beans while also focusing on healthy unsaturated fats from plants. With this style of eating, there’s also an emphasis on decreasing processed or refined foods along with lowering intake of red meat or processed red meats. It allows alcohol in moderation and its focus on whole foods supports adequate fiber intake. It also allows for a wide range of foods, which means it’s more of a lifestyle rather than just a fad diet.
RELATED: How the Mediterranean Diet May Reduce Your Risk of Heart Disease
Since this style of eating has a positive impact on cancer prevention, adopting healthy eating habits now could help prevent prostate problems down the road. Some nutrients and vitamins can have a very positive effect on the health of your prostate. Making sure you’re getting the right nutrients as part of a balanced diet can play an important role in the health of your prostate.
4 nutrients that contribute to prostate health
Achieving or maintaining a healthy weight is important to your overall well-being and the health of your prostate. Fiber could support weight loss since it provides a sense of fullness, delays fat absorption, and prevents constipation. Additionally, a diet rich in natural fiber obtained from fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains may reduce cancer risk and reduce the risk of prostate cancer progression.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Omega-3 fatty acids may reduce your risks for prostate cancer and cancer progression. One study indicated that men who consumed cold-water fish three to four times per week had a reduced risk of prostate cancer. Findings show that omega-3 fatty acids may reduce blood pressure, reduce triglycerides, improve cardiovascular health, and deliver anticancer properties beneficial for prostate health. Dietary sources of omega-3 fatty acids include cold-water fish–such as salmon, trout, herring, and sardines—flaxseeds, walnuts, soybeans, and canola oil.
Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant that has been associated with supporting cancer prevention. While more research is needed on lycopene’s effects on prostate cancer, it’s generally believed to be beneficial. Good sources of lycopene include tomatoes, watermelon, pink grapefruit, apricots, and papaya. In tomatoes, the cooking process releases lycopene from the plant’s cells, increasing your ability to absorb it.
Consuming cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, kale, and brussels sprouts that are high in vitamin C may reduce your risk of developing an enlarged prostate. The National Cancer Institute notes that more research is necessary to determine whether or not vitamin C supplements can prevent or fight prostate cancer, but people who eat cruciferous vegetables that are rich in vitamin C tend to have a lower risk of developing prostate cancer.
Sometimes, Less Is More
While some foods and dietary supplements have a positive impact on prostate health, others should be taken in moderation, or not at all. Here are a few examples of nutrients where less is more.
Resveratrol is an antioxidant found in red wine, or it’s available as a supplement. It’s used for its beneficial effects on cardiovascular disease and lipid profiles and is regarded as a cancer preventative and antioxidant. Because of these benefits, some people may think drinking more is better but overall high intake of alcohol could be a risk factor for many different types of cancer. For prostate health, low levels of alcohol – a limit of one glass of wine a day or one drink per day is recommended.
A single low-dose multivitamin may have preventive benefits in respect to prostate cancer, but high-dose multivitamins have been shown to be harmful and may even advance prostate cancer. In other words, take your vitamins, but don’t overdo it!
Selenium and Vitamin E
In 2001, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) launched a large-scale study called SELECT (Selenium and Vitamin E Cancer Prevention Trial) to follow up on evidence that suggested selenium and vitamin E might reduce the risk of prostate cancer. The trial showed that adding selenium doesn’t reduce the risk of prostate cancer — and it might increase the risk of type 2 diabetes. In the same trial, healthy men using 400 international units of vitamin E–the standard supplement dose in U.S. capsules–actually showed an increased risk of prostate cancer. Since most men’s vitamins contain both selenium and vitamin E, you may consider taking a women’s vitamin instead and also avoid taking and mega doses of either of these vitamins.
Zinc has been touted as a method to improve the immune system for prostate health. Patients with chronic prostatitis tend to have low levels of zinc within the prostate or seminal fluid. However, dietary supplementation doesn’t result in increased zinc within the prostate. In fact, high doses of supplemental zinc have been found to cause abnormal changes in the immune system resulting in increased urinary tract infections, prostate enlargement, and increased risk of aggressive prostate cancer. Low levels of zinc such as 20 mg per day in a multivitamin is adequate.
The Bottom Line
Adopting a healthy diet, participating in an active lifestyle and achieving or maintaining a healthy weight can go a long way toward the health of your prostate. While more research is needed, eating more vegetables, fruits, beans, and whole grains — while avoiding fattening foods and red meat — is encouraged to help you take advantage of beneficial nutrients and avoid cancer-promoting factors.
Tips for Keeping a Healthy Prostate
1. Maintain a Balanced Diet
They’re probably not your favorite part of any meal, but green, leafy
vegetables are a good first step toward a healthy prostate. These
vegetables are full of important vitamins and antioxidants that keep you —
and specifically, your prostate — healthy.
So look for some
that have lettuce, spinach, kale and broccoli to make your prostate-healthy
While you’re filling your plate with these leafy greens, avoid charred
meats. There is believed to be a link between PhIP, a chemical compound
released when meat is charred, and an increased risk of cancer.
2. Get Some Sun
Don’t ditch the sunscreen, but don’t hide from the sun either. Too little
sun exposure can actually increase your risk of getting prostate cancer. We
get a lot of valuable
from the sun, and this is a great way to reduce your risk of prostate
Vitamin D also helps keep us healthy in other ways. It’s good for heart
health, and it keeps your kidneys and pancreas healthy.
3. Get Screened
Prostate cancer screening recommendations are different depending on
whether you’re in a high-risk or an average-risk group. If you are in a
high-risk group, you should consider getting screened for prostate cancer
starting at age 40. Men who are at normal risk are encouraged to consider
screenings starting at age 55.
Men with a higher risk of developing prostate cancer include:
- People of Scandinavian descent
Anyone who has two or more family members who were diagnosed with
Screenings can include a digital rectal exam and a prostate-specific
antigen (PSA) blood test. If your PSA test indicates an above-normal result
and you’ve had a normal digital rectal exam, you may be a candidate for the
prostate health index test. This blood test is similar to the PSA test, but
it provides results with a higher specificity. The test was FDA-approved in
2012, and Johns Hopkins is one of a few American medical centers to perform
the test regularly.
There are pros and cons to some prostate cancer screenings, and a decision
to begin screenings should be made with your doctor.
5 Ways to Stay on Top of Prostate Health: Men’s T Clinic®: Testosterone Replacement
The nut-sized gland called the prostate lies between the base of your penis and your bladder. This small gland has a mighty job: It must produce the seminal fluid that carries your sperm into a partner and allows you to ejaculate.
When your prostate isn’t healthy, you don’t feel well, either. Although the most common condition that affects your prostate is benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), the most deadly is prostate cancer, which kills more than 34,000 men in the United States each year.
Because the prostate sits so near the bladder, if it gets too large it can interfere with your ability to urinate. Although BPH doesn’t cause cancer, both BPH and prostate cancer have similar symptoms, including urinary incontinence, dribbling, and failure to void urine.
Prostate cancer is rare. However, BPH is common, with its risk increasing as you age.
Our physicians at Men’s T Clinic® are specialists in men’s health. That’s why we encourage you to adopt the following five prostate-healthy lifestyle habits, no matter how old you are. And fortunately, prostate-healthy habits increase your overall health, too.
1. Eat a fresh, whole-foods diet
Fruits and vegetables are full of phytonutrients and antioxidants that help your cells stay healthy and replenished. The easiest way to improve your diet is to switch to the plant-heavy Mediterranean diet, which is also filled with healthy fats, such as avocados and olives.
On the Mediterranean diet you’ll eat delicious foods, such as:
- Fatty fish, including salmon
- Poultry and eggs in moderate amounts
- Lots of fruits and veggies, such as pomegranates
- Beans and legumes
- Olive oil, olives, and avocados
- Nuts and seeds
- Whole grains
- Modest amounts of red wine
- Limited amounts of lean red meats and dairy
If you add spices and herbs to your foods, you not only make them more flavorful, but you benefit from their health-boosting properties.
You may also need supplements to ensure that you get all the vitamins and minerals your body needs.
2. Cut down or cut out alcohol and processed foods
Both alcohol and processed foods can cause unhealthy inflammation in your body. You’ll want to eliminate processed foods, which are also low in nutrients and high in chemicals that could compromise your health.
When you shift your focus around eating to nutrition instead of taste alone, you may find that you’re so full of pomegranates and cucumbers and other good foods that you don’t have room for nutrition-poor processed foods, alcohol, and other indulgences.
3. Get more exercise
To keep your prostate and other organs healthy, be sure you move throughout the day and also exercise several times per week. Gone are the days when one or two long bouts at the gym were considered enough. Now you must move all day long like our ancestors did.
In fact, sitting for more than 30 minutes at a time is as bad — or worse — for your body as smoking. Every half an hour or so, get up and stretch and walk around for a few minutes. You can also use a standing desk and park far away from your destinations for extra walking time.
Also be sure to get exercise that makes you break a sweat regularly. More exercise and a better diet reduces one of the main risk factors for BPH and prostate cancer: obesity. If you have trouble maintaining a healthy weight, we can help you with medically supervised weight loss.
4. Restore your hormones
As men age, they lose the androgen called testosterone (T), which helps keep the prostate healthy. High enough T levels also maintain your muscle density and strength, so that you burn calories more quickly.
If you have low T, you might start accumulating fat and losing muscle. The heavier you get, the more likely you are to develop prostate problems. Our doctors test your T levels and then recommend testosterone replacement therapy if they’re too low.
5. Get a prostate exam each year
As part of your annual men’s health exam at Men’s T Clinic®, our physicians check the health of your prostate. Every man receives a digital rectal exam (DRE). Yup, that’s the awful test where a doctor sticks a gloved finger up your anus and you cough. But the “awful” test could save your life.
If you’re between ages 55-69 or at high risk for prostate cancer, we may also recommend a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test to determine if your levels of PSA are within normal ranges. We may also advise you to get your first test at age 40 or so, to help establish a baseline “normal” value unique to you.
Show your prostate you care by contacting our Men’s T Clinic® office that’s nearest you — in Dallas, Frisco, The Colony, Houston, Cypress, Pearland, Pasadena, Grapevine, and Spring, Texas. You can phone us or use the online booking form to set up a men’s health consultation today.
Eating Guidelines for After a Prostate Cancer Diagnosis
Making healthy food and lifestyle choices after a prostate cancer diagnosis may help to improve your health and protect against other health problems such as heart disease, diabetes and other types of cancer. Studies suggest that a healthy diet that includes a variety of foods may help prevent prostate cancer from getting worse or returning. More research is needed before we know for sure.
This handout provides general information to help you plan a healthy diet. It also highlights those foods that studies indicate may increase or decrease prostate cancer growth.
If you are having problems eating, have had unplanned weight loss, or having side effects from chemotherapy or radiation treatments, the information in this handout may not be the best for you right now. Speak with a registered dietitian to develop a food plan that meets your needs.
Steps You Can Take
Follow a plant-based diet.
A plant-based diet is recommended for men who are able to eat well and have a balanced and varied diet.
A plant-based diet is rich in:
- whole grains
- legumes (lentils, beans and peas)
- nuts and seeds.
A plant-based diet does not have to be a vegetarian diet. Fish and other meats (beef, pork, wild game, poultry) and animal products like eggs can be included in small amounts.
Fill half your plate with vegetables and fruit, one-quarter of your plate with whole grains, and one-quarter of your plate with meat and alternatives at each meal. Use legumes instead of meat often.
Whole and unprocessed plant foods provide a variety of vitamins, minerals and fibre and are often lower in calories, salt, added sugar and fat. Eating mostly plant foods to meet your nutrient needs can satisfy your hunger while making it easier to stay at a healthy weight and keep you feeling well.
Note: If you have diarrhea during radiation treatments, you may need to eat less fibre. Limit high fibre foods such as in bran cereals, prunes, peels and skins on vegetables and fruit.
Work toward or stay at a healthy body size.
Weight gain is common in men with prostate cancer who receive hormone treatment. Some research suggests that weight gain could increase the risk of cancer recurrence and other health concerns. A healthy diet and active lifestyle can help you manage your weight. If you have concerns about your weight, talk to a registered dietitian.
Limit foods high in added sugars and fats.
Foods high in added sugars and fats are higher in calories, and eating them often can lead to weight gain. Also, they are usually low in nutrients that protect against cancer. To limit added sugars and fats:
- Drink water, unsweetened tea or coffee instead of sugary drinks like sweetened coffee and tea beverages, lemonade, fruit drinks, and pop.
- Limit fast food, convenience foods, and high fat or sugary processed snack foods such as chips, French fries, deep fried foods, baked goods, ice cream, and cookies. Keep portions small if you eat these foods.
Get the recommended amount of calcium and vitamin D each day.
Hormone treatment for prostate cancer can weaken your bones. To get the recommended amount of calcium and vitamin D to help keep your bones strong:
- Eat or drink food sources of calcium every day. Good sources of calcium include milk and milk products (such as yogurt and kefir) and calcium fortified soy or other plant-based beverages.
- When choosing milk products, choose low fat (2% or less M.F.) most often.
- Use calcium supplements if you are not able to get enough from food.
- Eat or drink food sources of vitamin D every day. Good sources of vitamin D include milk, fortified soy beverage and other plant-based beverages, fatty fish, and margarine.
- If you are over the age of 50, it is recommended that you take a daily vitamin D supplement of 400 IU in addition to food sources of vitamin D.
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Learn about current food research.
Many foods are studied to see how they affect prostate cancer. While it’s not yet proven, research hints that including some foods and limiting others may slow the growth of prostate cancer.
Foods to include:
- Tomato products such as tomato paste, sauce, juice and canned tomatoes.
- Cruciferous vegetables such as boy choy, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and kale.
- Healthy vegetable fats like avocados, seeds, nuts and vegetable oils such as canola and olive oil.
Foods to limit:
- Animal fats like fatty meat, skin on poultry, high fat dairy (higher than 2% M.F.), and baked goods made with butter.
- Red meat.
- Processed meats, like deli meat, bacon and sausage.
There is not enough research to say if eating fish, soy foods, flaxseed, pomegranate, or drinking coffee and tea makes any difference to the growth of prostate cancer. Even so, they are healthy foods, and men may choose to include them as part of a varied plant-based diet.
Choose food instead of supplements.
At this time, there is no strong research showing that taking vitamin, mineral or herbal supplements will prevent prostate cancer from getting worse or returning. Some research even suggests that supplements could potentially be harmful. For example, vitamin E and selenium supplements may increase the risk of prostate cancer for some people. Therefore, taking vitamin and mineral supplements to prevent or treat prostate cancer is not generally recommended.
If you are worried that you are not getting enough vitamins and minerals in your diet, taking a one-a-day multivitamin and mineral supplement is safe for most people. Speak with a doctor or registered dietitian first, before taking any other supplements.
For information and advice based on your specific food and nutrition needs and preferences, call HealthLink BC at 8-1-1 and ask to speak to a registered dietitian.
For additional information, see the following resources:
Last updated: November 2017
90,000 What foods are good for the prevention of prostatitis?
The prostate is the most important gland in the body of every man. For its normal functioning, it is necessary to monitor the diet and the quality of the consumed products. If in your life there are foods containing all the most essential vitamins and minerals, then your prostate will work like a clock. Do not forget that it is better to prevent these problems and start eating right now.And here is a list of products that are effective for the prevention of prostatitis:
1. Eggs. This product contains a sufficient amount of lecithin, which has a positive effect on the functioning of the prostate gland. In addition, eggs have a positive effect on the entire human body. A find for those who look after their health. The main thing is to buy farm eggs, in which all the benefits will be preserved.
2.It’s time to replenish your body’s protein stores. Meat will help you with this. Your best bet is to buy beef, chicken, or fish. It is in these products that immunoglobulin is contained, which is beneficial for men’s health. Where to buy meat that only contains benefits? Pay attention to the assortment of the Vodovoz.RU online store. A large selection of farm products is surprising, there, by the way, you will find natural and high-quality meat.
3. Oils.It’s time to replace mayonnaise and sour cream in salads with quality oil. It is best to choose olive and sunflower oil. It is an excellent source of vitamin E, which is responsible for the functioning of the prostate. Quality oil is an excellent prevention of prostatitis.
4. Citrus fruits. Lemons, oranges, or grapefruits. You decide! You can order fruits at Vodovoz.RU. Citrus fruits support our immune system and maintain the acid balance in the prostate gland.
5. Walnuts and almonds. Iron, calcium, phosphorus, zinc and vitamins C and E can be found in walnuts. All these vitamins are essential for normal metabolism, including in the prostate gland. Almonds are a great source of protein and folate. Don’t forget to include nuts in your diet as they are very beneficial.
6. What product will help in the prevention of prostatitis? Pay attention to kefir.Yes, this product really effectively fights prostatitis and relieves inflammation. Buy farm kefir = good health!
7. Buckwheat. Buckwheat contains as many as 8 useful amino acids that normalize the functioning of the prostate.
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Pomegranate is a very useful product for the prostate. It is also called the “miracle fruit”, and the beneficial effects are directed to any chronic ailments caused by oxidative stress. Scientists believe that the mechanism is based on the principle of “find and destroy” – a method that is very targeted – it is possible to find diseased or harmful cells and neutralize them without touching healthy cells.
Broccoli contains a whole range of substances that are extremely beneficial for the whole body.The sulforaphane in broccoli is one of the strongest active ingredients with very strong antioxidant and anticancer effects. In addition, its active substances contribute to the healing of the prostate tissue itself.
3. Green tea.
Green tea is a daily part of the Asian men’s menu. It has been consumed for thousands of years. Some scientists believe that its reception is due to the fact that men there are much less likely to suffer from any disorders of the prostate. The known properties of this tea are associated with the substances it contains:
– xanthine derivatives;
– Polyphenols such as epigallocatechin-3-gallate;
In a study published in the journal Chinese Medicine, researchers found that every man who consumed one or more cups of green tea a day had a significantly lower risk of enlargement or prostate cancer.
4. Beans and lentils.
It is believed that beans and lentils are also very useful. They contain isoflavones that prevent the growth of prostate epithelial cells.
Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant found in tomatoes.Eleven studies were conducted and published in the Journal of Nutritional Science and Vitaminology. The researchers found that the more tomatoes men eat, the lower their risk of developing prostate disease and cancer. But since lycopene itself is tightly attached to the cell walls, the body has difficulty absorbing it from raw tomatoes, so it is better to cook them and add them to dishes and sauces.
6. Omega fats.
Unsaturated fats such as omega-3 and omega-6 are essential fats that are essential for any diet.Traditional diets contain very high amounts of omega-6s, but very little omega-3s, and it is the balance between the two that is important for good health. A diet that includes fish at least once a week is very good for prostate health.
7. Healthy ingredients in fish.
A 30-year study found that men who did not eat fish were two to three times more likely to develop prostate cancer than men who ate fish frequently and in large quantities. Michael Murray and Joseph Pisorno wrote about this in the Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, citing Terry, Lichtenstein and Feuchting and their 2001 study in The Lancet titled Oily Fish Eating and Prostate Cancer Risk.
Zinc is present in all organs and fluids, but its concentration is higher in the prostate than in any other tissue (except bone). Scientists do not yet know exactly why there is so much zinc in it. Among other functions, zinc plays a role in regulating the balance between testosterone and dihydrotestosterone, two male hormones that stimulate the growth of prostate cells, both benign and malignant.
Healthy nutrition for men – proper nutrition for men for every day and week
The basic principles of a healthy lifestyle are familiar to everyone: you need to maintain a balance of nutrients, drink enough fluids and make sure that there are enough vitamins and minerals in the diet.But proper nutrition for men has its own characteristics, which are associated with metabolism and hormonal levels.
Features of the male diet
Male metabolism is significantly different from female due to hormones. The main one is testosterone. It is responsible for secondary sexual characteristics, regulates the metabolism of fats, proteins and carbohydrates. The male hormone is involved in the division of red blood cells and their saturation with hemoglobin. Therefore, men develop anemia less often than women, and the hemoglobin rate is higher.
Testosterone affects stress resistance, body fat distribution, muscle mass. With sufficient concentration, a man has a high libido, is sexually active and hardy. But with a decrease in the synthesis of the hormone in the testes, the entire body suffers.
Testosterone production depends on many factors, proper nutrition is one of them. For the normal synthesis of the hormone, cholesterol is necessary, so it cannot be completely excluded from the diet. But an excess of animal fats and simple carbohydrates, which lead to obesity, is also dangerous.In this case, in the adipose tissue, testosterone is converted into estrogens – female sex hormones, which deal a blow to potency.
Increased metabolism belongs to male characteristics. Therefore, it is easier for them than for women to lose weight, but they need more calories, vitamins and minerals to maintain health. The need is influenced by the age and occupation of a man. An approximately inactive lifestyle requires the following amount of energy: v
- 18-30 years old – 2400 kcal;
- 31-50 years old – 2200 kcal;
- over 50 years old – 1800 kcal.
Those who lead a more active lifestyle, exercise periodically, need to increase the calorie intake by 200-300 kcal. If a man goes in for sports, physically works hard, then the need for calories increases to 3000 at a young age, but decreases to 2400 after 50 years.
Basic rules of healthy eating for men
It is believed that the basis of the male diet is meat. This is partly correct, meat products contain a large amount of protein and essential amino acids, which are not found in plant foods.But an excess of protein food is harmful to men’s health, it is necessary to adhere to the rule – 1 g of protein per kilogram of body weight. But these should be high-quality natural products, not semi-finished products.
Vegetables and fruits are ignored by many, leaving potatoes, cucumbers and tomatoes as an exception. But plant foods are good for your health. It is a source of many vitamins, minerals, and ballast substances – fiber, which ensures normal digestion, protects against the development of constipation.For those who have a tendency to have problems with bowel movements, and the food is low in fiber, you can supplement the diet with fiber capsules.
The amount of fat should be small, it must be remembered that cholesterol is needed for men’s health. To maintain the prostate, preserve sexual function, protect blood vessels and the heart, the nervous system, it is necessary that omega-3 and omega-6 acids are present in the diet. Most of them are found in vegetable oils, fatty fish, nuts, wheat germ. But you can take ready-made:
- fish oil concentrate;
- complex of omega-3, 6, 9 acids; v
- Orihiro Omega-3 capsules.
Every day, the menu should contain foods rich in vitamins and trace elements involved in the production of sperm and testosterone production. These substances include zinc, selenium, vitamin C, E and group B. The need for them increases several times if a man has bad habits – smoking or he abuses alcohol. Then it will not be possible to fill the deficit only with the help of nutrition, it is necessary to take special vitamin complexes:
- Evalar Effex;
Products harmful to men’s health
To maintain health, it is necessary to exclude from the diet foods that are harmful to the body. Meat is a man’s favorite food, but it must be natural. Sausages, sausages, fast food contain a lot of hidden fat and trans fats. They disrupt metabolism, damage blood vessels and lead to obesity.
Smoked meats, foods rich in dyes, preservatives, artificial flavors do not belong to healthy food.Therefore, any prepared food should be excluded from the diet. Better to take the time and prepare a complete meal.
Sweet and starchy foods are also harmful products. It is a source of simple carbohydrates that are rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream and stored as subcutaneous fat. Such inaccuracies in nutrition lead to the development of obesity, metabolic syndrome, which includes hypertension, type 2 diabetes mellitus and vascular atherosclerosis.
Alcoholic drinks, which are often abused by men, are also harmful to health.They disrupt the functioning of the liver, lead to the accumulation of harmful metabolic products in the blood. Beer contains phytoestrogens – plant analogues of female hormones, which cause potency disorders and female obesity. Sometimes losing weight does not help restore sexual function. But herbal tablets Loveton help in this.
To draw up a proper nutrition program, you need to take healthy foods as a basis. By alternating between different types of protein foods, including the amount of fat and carbohydrates you need, you can maintain your health and improve your well-being.
The following food is considered useful for men:
- lean meats – veal, chicken, turkey, rabbit meat;
- fatty fish – herring, trout, mackerel, salmon;
- fermented milk products – cottage cheese, kefir, natural yogurt, fermented baked milk, sour cream, low-fat cream;
- seafood – shrimps, crabs, octopuses and crayfish;
- vegetable food – any vegetables and fruits;
- nuts, mushrooms.
Milk can also be included in your diet and is a healthy food.But some adults have an intolerance to milk protein, which is manifested by diarrhea. Therefore, whole milk should be treated with caution.
How to make a weekly diet for a man
A properly composed meal plan will allow you to maintain an optimal balance of nutrients, vitamins and not feel hungry. Therefore, during the day, you need at least 4-5 meals approximately every 3 hours.
Breakfast should be hearty and contain a sufficient amount of protein and carbohydrates.Moreover, the protein should be easily absorbed. Therefore, in the morning you can cook an omelet, scrambled eggs, porridge in milk, curd casserole. Sandwiches with sausage, butter cannot be called proper nutrition.
The next meal can be a snack 2 hours after breakfast. It is enough at this time to drink kefir, yogurt, eat fruit. For lunch, you need to get the main amount of calories and nutrients. Therefore, they use recipes for hearty meat dishes, offal. Lunch plans can be made for the week.It might look like this:
- Monday – chicken breast with stewed vegetables;
- Tuesday – baked veal with mashed potatoes;
- Wednesday – fish steak with rice;
- Thursday – risotto with chicken and vegetables;
- Friday – pasta with a chop of any meat;
- Saturday – chicken liver with buckwheat;
- Sunday – baked mackerel with vegetable stew.
You don’t have to eat soup every day to eat well.This dish is healthy, but too strong broth can be bad for your digestion. But be sure to add any vegetable salad to lunch. If you can’t cook dinner at home, you have to go to a cafe, it is better to give preference to those establishments where homemade food is prepared.
For an afternoon snack, you can prepare a salad of fresh or boiled vegetables, cottage cheese dishes, fruits or dairy products. Dinner should be no later than 3 hours before bedtime, so that the food eaten is not deposited in the form of fat, and the stomach has time to digest the food.For dinner, it is recommended to choose simple dishes, do not eat heavy fatty and fried foods, protein foods. It is better to give preference to carbohydrates – cereals, vegetables, and fermented milk products.
You need to eat regularly, hunger is also harmful to the body, as well as overeating. Do not forget about the drinking regimen. The average man needs 1.5 liters of fluid per day, but with increased loads, when working under the scorching sun, the amount of water increases significantly.
In some cases, nutritional rules change.If a man needs to lose weight, he needs an effective diet. It is aimed at controlling calorie intake, reducing the amount of fat, sugars and foods that increase appetite. At the same time, it is necessary to increase physical activity. For men who want to lose weight, it is important to introduce L-lysine into the diet, which controls carbohydrate metabolism. L-arginine will help to improve the functioning of the cardiovascular system when overweight and maintain sexual function.
The diet is not accompanied by a decrease in the number of meals, otherwise the feeling of hunger will appear.You just need to reduce the energy value by including more vegetables and fruits in the menu.
When following a diet for weight loss, it is better to draw up a diet for a week and adhere to it carefully. This will allow you to keep the calorie content of food, control weight and avoid unhealthy foods. But we should not forget that food is only one of the components of a healthy lifestyle, which includes giving up bad habits, being physically active and getting enough time to rest.
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90,000 Clinical benefits of lycopene in cancer patients
A diet rich in tomatoes, a source of the powerful antioxidant red pigment, carotenoid, lycopene, has many health benefits, including increased effectiveness of docetaxel in castration-resistant prostate cancer.Another clinical study found that supplementation with lycopene (found in tomatoes and other foods) can reduce kidney damage caused by cisplatin (a side effect of chemotherapy associated with the use of cisplatin), a potential natural remedy for the side effect caused by cancer treatments. Including tomatoes and foods rich in lycopene as part of the prostate. the diet of cancer patients can be beneficial.
Eating healthily through eating more fruits and vegetables is obviously important for maintaining good health, but clinical studies have clearly assessed whether eating certain foods can help reduce the risk of cancer or improve the effect of certain chemotherapy drugs on certain types of cancer.Studies have been conducted to evaluate the clinical benefits of lycopene in cancer. Lycopene is a naturally occurring red pigment, a carotenoid found in fruits and vegetables that most of us know little about, despite consuming it almost daily. We all eat tomatoes as part of our diet, and tomatoes turn red because they are a rich source of lycopene.
General Health Benefits of Lycopene
Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant with many health benefits.Below are some of the potential health benefits of lycopene:
- May promote heart health (Paul F. Jacques et al., Br J Nutr., 2013; Lars Müller et al., Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr., 2016)
- May help reduce pain (Fang Fang Zhang et al. ., Life Sci., 2016)
- May help reduce cholesterol (P. Palozza et al., Ann Nutr Metab., 2012)
- May help reduce sunburn (Andrei Ascenso et al., Oxid Med Cell Longev., 2016)
- May reduce mortality among people with metabolic syndrome (Guang-Ming Han et al., Nutr Res., 2016)
Lycopene is also beneficial for patients with prostate cancer, as discussed in more detail in this blog post.
The dosage for lycopene capsules is 10 to 30 mg orally twice a day.
Excessive consumption of lycopene supplements can lead to certain side effects such as skin discoloration, nausea, bloating, and diarrhea.Pregnant women should avoid taking lycopene supplements.
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Benefits of taking lycopene-rich foods / supplements in prostate cancer patients
Prostate cancer is a very common cancer among men. This type of cancer is amplified or fueled by testosterone and other male sex hormones, so prostate cancer therapy involves lowering the patient’s hormone levels by chemical or surgical means.However, if the cancer can metastasize and spread to more parts of the body, then the cancer is called castrate-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC), because in this case, lowering the patient’s sex hormones will not have an anti-tumor effect on the growing cancer. … Currently, the most effective CRPC drug on the market is a chemotherapy drug called docetaxel, but even so, it can only increase patients’ lifespan by an average of two months.
In 2011, researchers at the University of California, Irvine conducted a study examining how carotenoids such as lycopene may enhance the effects of docetaxel (DTX / DXL) on prostate cancer. The researchers found that supplementation with lycopene along with docetaxel had a more pronounced growth inhibitory effect than treatment with docetaxel alone. Lycopene significantly increased the anti-tumor efficacy of docetaxel by about 38%, suggesting that lycopene supplementation and lycopene-rich foods may be beneficial for patients with prostate cancer.(Tang Y et al., Neoplasia, 2011) In recent years, additional studies have confirmed the accuracy of the results of this study, and also showed the benefits of lowering the risk of prostate cancer with higher consumption of lycopene. (Chen P. et al. Medicine (Baltimore), 2015)
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Effect of lycopene on cisplatin-induced nephrotoxicity (kidney damage)
Another 2017 study by researchers from Shahrekord University of Health Sciences in Iran examined the effects that lycopene (found in tomatoes) can have on cisplatin-induced kidney damage (nephropathy) in patients.Cisplatin is a potent, toxic chemotherapy drug used to treat several types of cancer. However, because this drug affects both cancerous and non-cancerous cells, it should be used in limited doses or it could cause other serious health problems in the body. One of the common side effects of cisplatin is nephropathy, which is caused by damage to the blood vessels inside the kidneys. So the study researchers wanted to find out if lycopene could reduce the toxic effects of a drug like cisplatin.After conducting a double-blind, randomized study, dividing 120 patients into two groups, they found that “lycopene (from tomatoes) may be effective in reducing complications associated with cisplatin-induced nephrotoxicity (kidney damage) by targeting several markers of renal function … ”(Mahmoodnia L et al, J. Nephropathol. 2017).
In conclusion, prostate cancer patients or currently undergoing chemotherapy with cisplatin should consider increasing their intake of lycopene-rich red vegetables, especially tomatoes, to potentially help their recovery and improve their chances of survival.
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90,000 ⚕ Is prostate adenoma curable? ➡ 【BPH】
How to reduce the size of the prostate?
Normal – the growth of the prostate during puberty. Pathology – the growth of the prostate after 40 years. Abnormal growth of the prostate gland leads to a number of serious health problems for men (up to prostate adenoma and prostatitis).An increase in the size of the prostate can be stopped in a timely manner by contacting a specialist (urologist, andrologist) who will prescribe a suitable treatment. This can be both drug therapy and hardware treatment methods (for example, shock wave therapy).
Does prostate adenoma affect potency?
With pathological growth of the prostate gland, it compresses the urethra with a tight ring, forcing its walls, like the walls of the bladder, to “thicken” and “irritate”. Bottom line: the bladder ceases to cope with its excretory function, residual urine appears, acute urinary retention – with the development of prostate adenoma, and inflammation also develops, there is aching, dull pain in the perineum and scrotum – with prostatitis.In both cases, erection problems and pain during ejaculation can occur. But, such violations are not a direct consequence of prostate adenoma: they can occur in its absence, as well as it can proceed without them.
Can prostate adenoma turn into cancer?
The diagnosis of “benign prostatic hyperplasia” (BPH) is made with changes in the tissues of the prostate gland and an increase in its volume without the process of malignancy. The main difference between adenoma and cancer is that it develops from normal cells and does not metastasize.There is no direct connection between oncological processes in the prostate and prostate adenoma. But, very often, oncology develops against the background of an adenoma and even disguises itself as BPH.
Is it possible to warm BPH?
Despite the fact that the most famous traditional method of treating BPH is warming, you cannot warm up the BPH on your own. Any overheating of the genitals is more harm than good to a man. But under medical supervision, in combination with other treatment, procedures based on the effect of heat on the organs are actually prescribed.In addition, only a doctor can determine the possibility of using warming up for prostate adenoma. Because, in some cases, it is absolutely impossible to warm it, even under medical supervision. This can provoke the development of the oncological process against the background of benign hyperplasia.
What is useful to eat with prostate adenoma?
With prostate adenoma, you must follow a diet. Since, proper nutrition for adenoma is one of the ways to maintain good health and the effectiveness of therapeutic therapy.Basic nutritional requirements for BPH: splitting the daily diet into small portions without large intervals in food intake, adherence to the regimen (it is best to schedule meals to eat at the same time), minimize the use of sweets, meat dishes (especially, red) and fish, exclude – fried, salty and fatty, add to the diet foods that have a laxative effect, steamed or boiled.
90,000 Healthy food for men – what should be included in the diet
The health indicators of modern men, as shown by the results of mass surveys, are often far from the norm.Vascular diseases, pathologies of the musculoskeletal system, sexual problems, decreased spermatogenesis rates – this largely depends on malnutrition. It is easy to create a healthy diet for men, following some important rules.
The number of calories consumed in the diet should correspond to energy costs.
To lose weight, maintain normal body weight and combat aging, you need to eat at least three times a day, do not gorge yourself before going to bed, do not use fast food and sweets for snacks that contain a large amount of simple carbohydrates (sugar, white flour) and fats.
It is necessary to practically exclude foods that have an adverse effect on the male body. In addition to the already mentioned simple carbohydrates, these are soy products (contain an analogue of the female hormone estrogen), instant coffee and the caffeine it contains, smoked meats, whole milk, yeast bread, carbonated drinks, table salt. Drinking too much alcohol, including beer, will also not be beneficial.
Is meat the main male product?
Protein in an amount of up to 1 gram per kilogram of ideal body weight per day is the optimal amount in a healthy diet for a man.It can be obtained not only from meat, but also from fish, seafood, eggs, dairy products, cottage cheese, cheese, lentils, mushrooms, nuts, buckwheat, oatmeal, pearl barley. Surprisingly, Steven Segal and Sylvester Stallone are vegetarians.
If you have meat, it is better to boil, baked or stewed in whole piece, and not as part of semi-finished products and sausages. It is enough to use it 3-4 times a week, even less often for older men. Chicken is considered a dietary product, but information that hormones are fed to chickens in poultry farms does not make it possible to recommend it for regular consumption.Soy meat substitutes – not for men. Fried meat, like smoked meats, contains substances that cause diseases of the prostate gland. An excess of animal protein and fat can provoke cancer.
Fatty omega-3 and omega-6 acids
Their balance should be from 1: 2 to 1: 4, often it looks like 1:10 and even 1:20! A normal ratio is needed to maintain the health of blood vessels and the prostate gland, reduce inflammatory reactions in the joints, good immunity, and strong nerves.
Omega-3s are found in oily fish, avocado, flaxseed, canola, olive, mustard, pine nut oil, walnut oil and wheat germ. These oils should be added to salads, ready meals. And 5-6 servings of fish per week (mackerel, herring, salmon, halibut or other oily fish) must be included in a man’s healthy diet. But the use of refined sunflower, corn, soybean oils and mayonnaise based on them should be reduced.
Simple and useful
Many Russian men consider potatoes to be their main vegetable.Although it contains the necessary potassium, it is best to eat a little of it. Broccoli and other types of cabbage, garlic, onions, tomatoes are extremely beneficial for the health of men. Seasonal vegetables, berries, fruits, preparations from them without excess salt, sugar and vinegar well complement the diet. Raw vegetables and fruits, leafy greens should be up to 500 grams per day.
Many men have a sweet tooth. The healthiest sweets for them are honey and dried fruits. Instead of cookies, it is better to buy crispbreads, granules, balls containing bran.The amount of fluid consumed in milliliters is calculated by multiplying the body weight in kilograms by 35.
Reasonable approach to the composition of the diet, the choice of suitable products for a healthy diet will allow a man to stay in great shape for a long time, as well as to avoid premature health problems.
What is harmful and what is not. Health myths debunked by the BBC in 2019
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Health professional advice is in high demand in today’s service market.It is fashionable to be healthy, and where there is fashion, there are myths, delusions, and sometimes outright deception.
Especially many misconceptions – partly sincere, partly imposed – are associated with food, and that is why most of the investigations by BBC journalists in the past year have been devoted to this very thing: what is harmful and what is not. However, let’s not start our roundup of the most popular articles on this topic with food.
Who came up with the 10 thousand steps rule?
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Many of us calculate how long we walked in a day – using smart watches, pedometers, mobile applications in smartphones.We are happy when the figure of 10 thousand steps has been reached – well, of course, this is important! We get upset when we do not reach the desired amount.
But let’s see where this figure came from. Aren’t they fooling us – if only to make mobile apps sell better? Or, perhaps, we ourselves are glad to confuse ourselves, just to create the illusion of adherence to a healthy lifestyle?
This figure is so widely known that it is logical to assume: it was born as a result of many years of research, when scientists were struggling to find out how many steps per day are optimal for your health – 8000, 10,000, or maybe 12,000 …
You will be surprised when you find out where it came from.
The eternal question about yolk and protein
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If you had to name the perfect food, then chicken eggs are one of the main contenders for this title. They are always on sale, they are easy to prepare, they are inexpensive and also packed with protein, as they say, to the eyeballs.
But is it good for your health to eat eggs? Or can they cause heart disease? BBC Future columnist Jessica Brown decided to research the available scientific evidence, and here’s what she did.
Is it unnatural to drink milk?
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Jessica Brown decided not to stop with eggs and took up another product of questionable usefulness – milk. After all, there is an opinion that drinking the milk of another mammal is unnecessary, unnatural and even harmful.
Man is the only animal that drinks milk from other animals, most of which stop drinking milk in early childhood, as more and more complex foods become necessary for them to eat.Why do people keep drinking it? And is it good for us?
There is one more question. Well, well, we can stop consuming milk for some reason – for example, we are worried about the consequences of animal husbandry on the environment. But what do we get in return? Are milk alternatives safe for our health? Let’s figure it out.
Detox? What detox? On the health benefits of fresh juices
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Many people think that drinking freshly squeezed fruit juices is a good way to get a megadose of vitamins.They also say about juices that they help to lose weight and cleanse the body, remove toxins and toxins.
But is it all true? How do juices affect our blood sugar and insulin levels?
Once again, our favorite author, Jessica Brown, is investigating.
This is dangerous, dangerous, dangerous meat
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Since we’re on the subject of debunking the myths about the health benefits of staple foods, there’s no way around red meat. Everything seems to be clear with him – a terrible product.
Nitrates, saturated fat, salt – meat seems to be full of everything that doctors recommend to avoid in food. And we really hear from all sides: meat is harmful!
But still, let’s be careful. Let’s not blindly follow international health guidelines that urge us to reduce the amount of red meat in our diet. And let’s try, together with the BBC Future columnist William Park, to figure out what the real risk is and what exactly we are risking.
Dopamine starvation fashion.What does science say?
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If you haven’t heard anything about dopamine fasting, we hasten to please you – it is not related to food, although some of its enthusiasts try to give up the tastiest at the same time.
For example, 24-year-old James Sinka. When he starts dopamine fasting, he tries to cut himself off as much as possible from the stimuli of the modern world: he stops eating and instead only drinks water, turns off the phone, does not look into the laptop and ignores other gadgets.And, as far as possible, he tries not to talk to anyone.
Dopamine fasting reboots your brain and allows you to enjoy the simple pleasures of life again, its adherents say. But are their ideas scientifically backed up? Is this just a new Silicon Valley quirk?
Let’s try without bias to listen to the arguments of those who are so “starving” and the opinions of scientists.
Saturated Fat: Enemy or Friend?
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Here’s another ominous phrase that has boggled our times: saturated fat.Official nutritional scientists say that consuming too much saturated fat leads to high blood cholesterol levels, which can result in clogged arteries, strokes, or heart attacks.
Do you eat more than 100 g of fatty meat, pastries, cheese every day? Then you can easily overcome the limit of these very fats, recommended, for example, by the state health authorities of Britain – 20 g for women and 30 g for men.
However, why in some diets it is recommended to eat more foods containing such fats? Are these scientists fooling our heads again? Whom to believe and where is the truth? Or just rely on luck (and good genes) and eat everything?
Soy: a healthy alternative to meat or… again it’s not that simple?
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Supermarket shelves are full of soy products – soy milk, soy burgers and other soy alternatives to meat and all kinds of “junk food.” And that’s not to mention the traditional tofu, tempeh, miso and soy sauce.
There is, however, one “but”: the isoflavones contained in soy are sometimes accused of increasing the risk of developing breast cancer (and prostate cancer – for men).
Let’s try to figure it out? Jessica Brown rushes to the rescue.
Untreated, “living” water. Why drink it?
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So we got to the water, you say. Well, yes, we purify water before drinking – either with the simplest filters, or buy in bottles, or simply boil. Sometimes, of course, we drink from the tap, but this is not recommended in all countries.
And now a group of enthusiasts appears, which says: you need to drink unpurified, raw, living water, it contains strength and health.According to Findaspring.com (“Find the Source”), the love of raw water has already spawned a global movement of people seeking their own natural water resources.
Website creator Daniel Vitalis makes bold claims such as “we, as animals, are biologically adapted to the consumption of raw water.” To which scientists answer: do we want to return to the Stone Age? Are we not enough of typhoid, cholera, lamblia and diarrheal diseases, which we got rid of with such difficulty?
So what is the logic of the raw water adepts? By Tim Smadley.
Hands off grandma’s chicken noodles!
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Finally, let’s talk about something peaceful and cozy, New Year is still. For example, about grandma’s recipes. In winter (and not only in winter) it is easy to catch a cold, and in the history of mankind and in the history of every family, countless tips and “right remedies” for ARVI have accumulated.