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Incorporate these items in your daily diet:

  • Soy products – soy milk or powder, or genistein. *Inhibits prostate cancer growth and capacity to spread elsewhere (metastasize).

  • Green Tea – 2-3 cups per day. *Boosts immune system and induces prostate cancer programmed cell death (apoptosis).

  • Lycopenes – prefer through tomato food sources (juice, sauces, pizza, etc.) but can be taken in pill form (30mg-45mg daily). *Can reduce amount of cancer cells in body.

  • Vitamin C – 500mg. *Antioxidant that enhances natural immunity against cancers.

  • Vitamin D – 5000-10,000 i.u. daily, in cholecalciferol form for bone integrity and cancer reduction. (Serum D-25 must be checked every 6 months.)

  • Vitamin E – 200 i.u. (preferably a combination of gamma and alpha tocopherol). *Reduces prostate cancer related deaths (upwards of 40%).

  • Calcium Citrate or carbonate - 400mg at dinner, 400mg at bedtime (coral calcium OK). *Contributes to bone health.

  • Fish Oil Omega 3 (with or without rosemary) – 2000mg two times daily. *Inhibits inflammatory response in body thereby reducing increased prostate cancer cellular growth and decreasing potential for cancer to metastasize.

  • Curcumin (from tumeric) – 200-400 daily. *An antioxidant that lowers amount of arachidonic acid in body. Arachidonic acid can contribute to inflammatory conditions in body, thereby causing increased prostate cancer growth and spread.

  • Melatonin – 3-6mg taken nightly if having trouble sleeping. *An antioxidant that potentially increases longer survival from cancer and potentially reduces side effects of treatment related to stress, gastrointestinal and renal (kidney).

  • Saw Palmetto extract 300mg twice daily (unless taking a “prostate formula” multivitamin supplement). *Prevents conversion of testosterone into DHT, thereby potentially reducing risk of developing prostate cancer.

  • Selenium - 200mcg daily. *Decreases prostate cancer related deaths.

  • Zinc – 50-100mg daily. *Protective to normal cells and increases prostate cancer cell death.

  • Indole-3-Carbinol – 200-400mg daily. *An anti-cancer compound found in cruciferous vegetables that decreases the risk of developing cancer.

  • Modified Citrus Pectin daily(optional). *Potentially inhibits the spread of prostate cancer.

  • CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) – 3 grams daily (optional). *Blocks synthesis of arachidonic acid to reduce growth of prostate cancer.

  • Quercetin – may be taken per instructions (found in health food stores) – For general prostate health. You may also use a combination product with Chrysin and Saw Palmetto called Sports One Chrysin XS. *Reduces expression of p53, thereby inhibiting growth of prostate cancer (angiogenesis).

  • Cernitin- 2-4 tablets daily for general prostate health. *Anti-inflammatory properties and used for chronic prostatitis symptoms.

  • Glutamine – 2 grams with each meal and at bedtime.

  • • Glucosamine – 1500mg daily or follow directions on specific brand; (NOT to be combined with chondroitin!). *Helps with joint/bone strength while on hormones. **Chondroitin can potentially cause increased recurrence rates and progression of cancer.

  • CoQ10 – OK to take, but is expensive, and is optional. *A nutrient found naturally in the body that is an antioxidant.

  • Zyflamend- take one capsule twice daily. *Anti-inflammatory with COX-2 properties that can cause programmed cancer cell death (apoptosis).

There are a number of prostate antioxidant formulas found in most pharmacies or health food stores, which may contain the majority of these supplements. They might be easier to take than separate doses of each item above. If you elect to take one of these preparations, make sure it contains folic acid.

Exercise on a regular basis. Try for at least 30 minutes on most days of the week. This can include walking, jogging, swimming, exercise equipment, light weights, etc. Read more...

Find a form of stress management that works for you. Try to perform some type of meditation or yoga for 20 minutes once or twice daily for stress relief. Seek the support of local networking groups such as Man to Man (offered through The American Cancer Society), Us TOO!, and The Wellness Community.

This information is provided by radiation oncologist and prostate cancer specialist Michael Dattoli, M.D., Physician-in-Chief at the Dattoli Cancer Center and Brachytherapy Institute located in Sarasota, Florida. For more information, visit www.dattoli.com

A comprehensive source of information on diet guidelines for prostate cancer patients is the publication Eating Your Way to Better Health: The Prostate Forum Nutrition Guide compiled by Charles E. Myers, Jr., MD, Sara Sgarlat Steck, RT, and Rose Sgarlat Myers, PT, PhD. For more information, visit the Prostate Forum website at www.prostateforum.com/nutrition.htm

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