The Five Best Foods for Your Prostate


Men's Health (Singapore) - - ON THE COVER -

Fight cancer, main­tain sex­ual health, and eat well with these picks.

TURMERIC This yel­low­ish spice con­tains cur­cumin, a com­pound that may have anti-in­flam­ma­tory prop­er­ties. Stud­ies show that cur­cumin dis­rupts how prostate-cancer cells me­tab­o­lize. Re­cent Ja­panese re­search re­in­forced the idea that the com­pound sup­presses the spread of prostate­can­cer cells.

TIP Stir ground turmeric into pota­toes, use it to sea­son grilled zuc­chini, shake on pop­corn, or mix into a pot of steamed rice for a sub­tle curry fla­vor. WA­TER­MELON For ev­ery 2 mil­ligrams (mg) of ly­copene that par­tic­i­pants con­sumed daily, they ex­pe­ri­enced a 1 per­cent drop in their risk of de­vel­op­ing prostate cancer, a 2017 Univer­sity of Illi­nois study found. That may not seem like much, but 1½ cups of red-fleshed wa­ter­melon con­tains 9 to 13 mg of ly­copene.

TIP Toss two hand­fuls of cold cubed wa­ter­melon into a blender and pulse with enough co­conut wa­ter to slushie-fy. ARTICHOKE HEARTS The ten­der cen­tres of these prickly veg­eta­bles house the an­tiox­i­dant fer­ulic acid, which may re­duce the growth EAT­ING MORE OMEGA-3S CAN IM­PROVE THE METABOLIC RATE OF PROSTATE CELLS AF­TER JUST SIX WEEKS. of prostate-cancer cells. A re­cent Ital­ian study de­ter­mined that a diet rich in fer­ulic and caf­feic acid (also found in cof­fee) may lower your risk of de­vel­op­ing prostate cancer.

TIP Af­ter boil­ing whole ar­ti­chokes un­til ten­der, halve them, brush with olive oil and lemon juice, and grill ’em, turn­ing them un­til slightly charred. Top with salt, pep­per, and torn mint. SARDINES Cold-wa­ter fish like these have omega-3 fatty acids, which may im­prove the health of prostate cells, says David A. Levy, M.D., a urol­o­gist at the Glick­man Uro­log­i­cal & Kid­ney In­sti­tute. Eat­ing more omega-3s can im­prove the metabolic rate of prostate cells af­ter just six weeks, Dr. Levy says.

TIP Tem­per the stink by com­bin­ing chopped canned sardines with a chopped hard-boiled egg, Greek yogurt, lemon juice, salt, and pep­per. Spoon onto crack­ers or use as a dip for cel­ery sticks. CAR­ROTS The same com­pound re­spon­si­ble for good vi­sion may also help pro­tect your prostate. Men who ate the most car­rots were 65 per­cent 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. That means your body is better able to ab­sorb the nu­tri­ent.

TIP For­get not the car­rot-and-raisin salad. Shred a bag of car­rots with a box grater and add a hand­ful of raisins, along with a splash each of red-wine vine­gar and olive oil. Sea­son. Eat.

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