Guard Your Prostate
Fight cancer, maintain sexual health and eat well with these picks
Discover the foods to munch on to protect your man gland.
This yellowish spice contains curcumin, a compound that may have anti-inflammatory properties. Studies show that curcumin disrupts how prostate-cancer cells metabolise. Recent Japanese research reinforced the idea that the compound suppresses the spread of prostate-cancer cells.
TIP Stir ground turmeric into potatoes, use it to season grilled zucchini, or mix into a pot of rice for a subtle curry flavour.
For every 2mg of lycopene consumed daily, participants experienced a one per cent drop in their risk of developing prostate cancer, a Uni of Illinois study found. Just 1½ cups of watermelon contains 9-13 mg of lycopene.
TIP Blend two handfuls of melon wth coconut water (try Breville’s The Kinetix Twist, $149 harveynorman.com.au) to slushie-fy.
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The centres of these prickly vegetables house the antioxidant ferulic acid. A recent Italian study determined that a diet rich in ferulic and caffeic acid (found in coffee) may lower your risk of developing prostate cancer.
TIP After boiling until tender, halve the artichokes, brush with olive oil and lemon juice, and grill till charred. Top with salt and pepper.
Cold-water fish like these have omega-3 fatty acids, which may improve the health of prostate cells, says urologist David Levy. Eating more omega-3s can improve the metabolic rate of prostate cells after just six weeks, Levy says.
TIP Temper the stink by combining chopped sardines with a chopped hard-boiled egg, Greek yoghurt, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Use as a dip.
Men who ate the most carrots were 65 per cent less likely to develop prostate cancer than men who ate the least, according to a recent Vietnamese study. Why? The carotene in carrots may be more “bioavailable” than it is in other foods.
TIP Grate a bunch carrots. Add a handful of raisins and splashes of red-wine vinegar and olive oil. Season. Eat.