Research on Prostate

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Research Roundup – PROSTATE
The origins of prostate enlargement and its relationship to prostate cancer are poorly understood. There does seem to be a high correlation between cardiovascular problems and prostate enlargement. My guess is that the same diet and lifestyle factors cause both (as well as diabetes, cancer and more). While, because of our genetics, we can experience a wide variety of symptoms, the good news when you get down to the nitty gritty, is that there aren’t that many causes. In fact, at the most fundamental level, there are just two: cellular inflammation and oxidation from toxic excesses (smoking, stress and Trans fats are just 3 of many examples) and nutrient insufficiencies (examples include minerals, plant nutrients and probiotics). We are supposed to be well and can be if we restore balance.
Vitamin D and Calcium Intake are Low in Patients with Prostate Cancer. A study published last month showed just that nearly 80% of patients were low in vitamin D. Oddly, there wasn’t a difference in bone mineral density. Since guys develop osteoporosis later, maybe the low intake of calcium and D just hadn’t caught up with them yet. LINK

Cholesterol and prostate. The prostate gland creates and stores a large amount of cholesterol. A recent study discusses this. LINK. The authors lean toward a drug approach to reducing cholesterol absorption from the gut and thereby improving prostate symptoms. However, dietary fiber does that too and provides other benefits. The scientists go on to say that reducing cholesterol may reduce the risk of aggressive prostate cancer. See my new article for more on cholesterol, including natural remedies. LINK

Low-fat diet improvement in prostate cancer. In this study, men put on a low fat diet experienced more improvement in lab markers. LINK. The abstract doesn’t say what kind of fat the men had been eating. If they had been eating fried foods (damaged fats) and Trans fats, avoiding those toxins could have accounted for some of the improvement. The low-fat diet subjects did lose weight. This may be the key. Fat cells generate inflammation and make hormones. Perhaps reducing weight by other means would also be beneficial.

Cadmium and PSA. Heavy metals such as cadmium are believed to be one cause of prostate cancer. In a study of 295 men over age 50, it was again found that high cholesterol was associated with high PSA. Researchers seemed puzzled that the higher cadmium levels were associated with lower PSA scores. LINK. So, does that mean that guys should take up smoking to acquire more cadmium and a lower PSA? Hardly. My guess is that the cadmium somehow interfered with the body’s ability to make the immune molecule that the PSA test measures. The cancer could still be growing but just not showing in the test.  

Natural approaches to cancer. Prevention of cancer and reversing its growth naturally seems ever so much safer and smarter than using treatments that are so toxic they can kill not only cancer cells but also the patient. Helping the body become healthier with a good diet and reduction of toxins is fundamental. There are also targeted ways to fight back. Cancer begins with mutations in the genes of the mitochondria (the energy producers in the cells). Therefore, protecting the genes from damage is an important role for antioxidant nutrients. Other avenues to reducing cancer risk naturally include: restoring proper fuel source to the mitochondria (i.e. oxygen, not sugar), inhibiting blood supply to tumors, inhibiting inflammation in cancerous tissue, preventing roaming cancer cells from adhering to other tissues and inhibiting the clotting necessary for the spread of cancer. The most scientifically sound and safest supplement that assists in all these areas is one that I take personally for prevention and for aging more gracefully-Longevinex. It contains a safe level of the best type of resveratrol and other ingredients with important benefits. Read more. (Maybe one day soon I’ll do an article where I link to at least some of the research I’ve seen confirming the benefits.)


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