Right – this one’s for the boys! #menunitedvsprostatecancer
A NATURAL approach to Prostate health … we all know that men can start to suffer with prostate issues later in life. However did you know there are some natural remedies out there which may prevent issues occurring in the first place?
It’s not a guarantee and I’m not a doctor (though a health student isn’t far off ;)) but where there’s a natural remedy, I always like to think these things are worth a try! And some of these cunning little ideas really do have some medical research to back them up! There are quite a lot of ideas out there to help but these are just a handful of the ones I thought were the best:
Active hexose correlated compound
Yep – ok that is a mouthful so let’s call it AHCC for short from now on! AHCC is a food substance derived from shiitake mushrooms. Some prostate cancer patients have shown remarkable progress when taking this supplement which could indicate its rather amazing capabilities!
Yum!! Who doesn’t love a bit of spice in their food now and again? Chilli peppers contain a source of capsaicin. Not only are they hot and spicy but they have been shown to have cancer-killing properties. So don’t feel too guilty next time you’re heading for that spicy curry! Capsaicin supplements are also available to purchase.
OK, yes, I hadn’t heard of the word ‘cruciferous’ before either! However there is a family of vegetables taking this name due to the shape of their leaves (four-petalled and broadly resembling a cross). These vegetables include cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts – basically your leafy greens. They contain chemicals which inhibits one of the enzymes associated with prostate cancer.
There are a lot of health benefits associated with turmeric. One of these is an element of turmeric which is key in terminating bad cancer cells.
Ginger is also widely used as a spice and in medicine. It has been reported that ginger has been shown to limit cancer cell growth.
Green tea is another product which has become renowned for reducing cancer cell growth. For this one, it is advised that you should choose a quality product; one that is powdered or a supplement or loose leaf from China or Japan. The tea should be brewed for around 3 – 4 minutes. Ideally milk shouldn’t be added as this will lower the levels of beneficial properties.
Good old Omega-3. We often hear that name banded about. You can find high levels of Omega-3 in fish like sardines, salmon and tuna. The fatty acids have been associated with lower risk levels of developing prostate cancer.
Oh yes – another word sent to confuse you. I’m really testing the vocabulary today! It’s an antioxidant found in red wine and grapes. It’s already known for its anti-ageing qualities but also puts up a huge fight against those prostate cancer cells! I’m not sure the medical profession will encourage you to overindulge in red wine every night but you can buy pure resveratrol supplement which should keep everything nicely in check.
Ahhh – sunshine! Never underestimate the power of a bit of sunlight. Men who have higher levels of Vitamin D have been shown to have a lower risk of prostate cancer. Your Vitamin D levels can be checked to see if they are within the healthy range. Just be careful to use sunscreen when required! Pack your bags boys!
It’s time that Men United together to fight Prostate Cancer in the way that women have united against Breast Cancer.
If you do decide to take any of the above as supplements, always consult a health professional regarding the correct dosage. And guys – please take your health seriously. If you have any worries at all, do go and visit your GP.