November is upon us, or should I saw Movember? Movember is an annual, month-long event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of prostate cancer and other male cancer and associated charities.
1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime. And although treatment and early detection is what this Mustouche Growing Movement is all about, prevention is cirtical in slowing down the rates of prostate cancer, as well as other male cancers.
Prostate cancer is the most common cause of cancer death in men over 75 years old. Age and family history are the primary risk factors. Prostate cancer rarely occurs in men under the age of 45-50 years old. It is also much more likely (double the risk) if you have a first degree relative with prostate cancer, particularly a brother. Other risk factors include being of African American descent, having high blood pressure, men frequently exposed to environmental toxins, such as farmers, tire plant workers, painters, as well as those exposed to cadmium or agent orange, and men who eat diets high in fat (particularly animal fat).
A diet low in animal fat is one way to protect yourself against prostate cancer. Limit your intake of red meat to one serving a week. Include lean animal proteins, such as fish (and fish oil!) and chicken more often, as well as focus on plant based proteins, such as quinoa, beans and lentils. Add nuts and seeds to your daily routine. They are a source of protein, essential fats, as well zinc. Try pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, walnuts and flax seeds. Add them to your morning (slow cooked) oatmeal, as oats are a great source of fibre. Curcumin is a potent anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant. Therapeutic dosages are difficult to get through diet, alone, so consider a supplement. Research has shown curcumin to have chemopreventive and growth inhibiting activity, across a number of tumour cell lines, including that of the prostate. Clinical studies also show that extracts of saw palmetto, nettle, pygeum and pumpkin seeds are important nutrients supporting prostate health and reducing prostate enlargement.
To learn more about what supplements support prostate health contact Village Green Apothecary.