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Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men, and the second leading cause of cancer deaths in men. Despite its high prevalence, our understanding of the causes of this disease and how to prevent it remains limited. However, there is a growing body of evidence to link diet and nutrition in the cause and prevention of prostate cancer, as well as many other cancers.

We know that there is a link between diets high in saturated and total fat and an increased risk of prostate cancer. Likewise, there is a link between diets high in fiber, phytoestrogen (“phyto” is Greek for plant) and lycopenes (another “phyto” chemical), and other nutrients and a decreased risk of prostate cancer.

If you are committed to maintaining a healthy lifestyle in order to prevent prostate cancer, or have just completed your treatment for prostate cancer, the following diet guidelines can help keep your body strong and your immune system at its best.

Guidelines for Diet, Vitamin Supplements, and Lifestyle

Eat a low fat, high fiber, nutrient rich diet

Maintain a healthy weight

Exercise at least 30-45 minutes several days a week, as tolerated

Incorporate relaxation techniques in your daily life

Choose health enhancing supplements

  • Include 5-10 servings of nutrient rich fruits and vegetables every day. Consume many servings of vegetables as they are high in fiber and phytonutrients, low in calories, and contain less sugar than fruit. In particular, choose tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, dark leafy greens, carrots, melons, berries, citrus, apricots, and grapes.

  • Cabbage family members (broccoli, cauliflower, onions, radishes, horseradish) have been shown to be very beneficial for cancer patients.

No juicing carrots – however, eating them is okay (this is because of the large amount of beta carotene in the amount of carrots it would take to make a full glass of juice).

  • Eat at least 3 servings of whole grains daily. Limit white starches and increase whole grains, such as whole wheat breads and crackers, wheat pasta, brown or wild rice, whole grain cereals, wheat pita bread, brown rice cakes, barley, oats, millet, quinoa, spelt.

  • Eat more cold water fish for their high omega 3 polyunsaturated fat content. Choose wild salmon, haddock, halibut, cod, pink tuna, herring, sardines, and arctic char. You may also include flounder, shellfish, grouper, or snapper although they do not contain high levels of omega 3 fats. Avoid King mackerel, shark, and albacore tuna due to their high mercury contents.

  • Avoid foods high in sugar content. They create blood sugar swings which effect energy. Also, high sugar foods are generally low in nutrients. Sugar depletes the immune system by slowing the action of your white blood cells. Some researchers believe that sugar feeds cancer cell growth. It is thought that sugar causes inflammation, mineral deficiency, excess anaerobic intestinal bacteria, elevated insulin levels, and creates an acidic environment in the body.

  • Choose healthy, monounsaturated fats such as olive oil, avocado oil, and hazelnut oil. Avoid canola and vegetable oil, flax oil or flax seed.

  • Many nuts (almonds, pistachios, macadamias, hazelnuts, cashews, pine, and pumpkin seeds), olives, and avocados are also a good source of monounsaturated fat. Avoid peanuts, walnuts and pecans.

  • Try to eat high fiber foods to reach the 25-30 gm/day recommendation. Fiber helps to detoxify the body by carrying wastes through the excretory system, slowing digestion for improved nutrient absorption, and slowing the response to excess sugar.

  • Avoid, or at least limit, dairy foods such as milk, cheese, yogurt, and ice cream. Instead, use non-fat dairy products (skim milk, non-fat cheese and ice cream). Or better yet, use the soy alternatives in their place. Try soy in the form of tofu, tempeh, miso, soy milk, yogurt, ice creams, soy cheeses, ground round, meatballs, and burgers. Their isoflavone content is believed to be beneficial for cancer prevention.

  • Drink 8-10 cups of water daily. Water helps to transport toxins out of the body. It is one of the most important aspects of healing. You can count decaffeinated beverages toward your water intake, such as flavored club soda, green and black teas, and herbal teas. Eliminate caffeine as it is an irritant and dehydrates cells. Green tea is high in antioxidant content so try to drink 2-3 cups daily.

  • Red wine in moderation (4 ounces daily) is beneficial; and so is dark chocolate (also in moderation)!

  • Take immune-boosting and detoxifying supplements as approved by your physician (see “Suggested Vitamins and Supplements” following this section).

Nutritional information provided by:

Michael J. Dattoli, MD
Richard Sorace , MD, PhD
Dattoli Cancer Center & Brachytherapy Research Institute
Sarasota , Florida

Pamela Mathis, M.Ed., R.D., L.D.

Registered and Licensed Dietician
Sarasota & Bradenton Offices
(941) 907-3757 ~ pamathis@verizon.net

Charles “Snuffy” Myers, Jr., MD
Editor-in-Chief, The Prostate Forum Newsletter
Charlottesville, VA 22906-6696
(718) 522-7512 ~ www.prostateforum.com


11 Foods To Boost Your Immune System


"Top 11" Foods

Benefits They Provide



Olive oil, avocado

Lignans, monounsaturated fats, vitamin E



Isoflavones, plant derived protein, calcium


Whole Grains

Phytates, fiber, vitamin E, B vitamins, folate, zinc, selenium


Tomato, Red Pepper

Lycopenes, carotenes, vitamin C


Broccoli, Cauliflower,Cabbage, Brussel Sprouts

Isothiocynates, indoles, fiber, vitamin C, beta carotene, folate, potassium, sulphorophane


Carrot, Cantaloupe

Polyacetylenes, beta carotenes, vitamin C


Greens - Kale, turnip, collard, Swiss chard, spinach

Iron, potassium, vitamin B6, mustard, ,lutein, vitamin C, beta carotene, folate


Raspberries, strawberries, red wine, broccoli, chocolate, red and yellow onions



Green Tea, Red Wine

Catechins, resveratrol in wine, antioxidants


Garlic, Onion, Leeks, Scallions

Allicin, antioxidants


Grape Juice


Diet & Lifestyle > Vitamins & Supplements,  Staying Fit Beating Fatigue