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Monday, June 3, 2013

Can Green Tea Prevent Prostate Cancer? Experts Say Yes -- Plus 5 Other Foods

Green Tea can prevent prostate cancer

African American/Black men have the highest rate for prostate cancer in the United States and are more than twice as likely as White men to die of the disease, according to the National Cancer Institute. But there are ways to reduce the risk. Here are some healthy choices that will not only help reduce the risk of prostrate cancer but also add to overall health:

Green tea - has been found in studies to reduce the risk of prostrate cancer in men.

Low Fat Foods - fat increases the risk of prostrate cancer, so a low-fat diet is important. This means limiting the amount of dairy products you eat as well as other fatty foods and meats. Most dairy foods are available in low-fat or reduced-fat options and are much better for the heart and for weight control, too.

Fruits and Vegetables - eating more fruits and vegetables cannot be stressed enough for their importance for good overall health. The vitamins and nutrients in fruits and vegetables are also believed to reduce the risk of prostate cancer. Start by adding one additional helping of each at every meal.

Fish - fatty fish has omega-3 which is a fatty acid associated with helping to reduce the risk of prostrate cancer. Omega-3 can be found in salmon, sardines, tuna and trout.

Soy - is found in foods like kidney beans, chickpeas, lentils, peanuts and tofu. Soy can reduce the risk of prostrate cancer.

Alcohol - keep alcohol consumption to a minimum. One study on alcohol showed that men who drank several drinks each day over many years had an increased risk for prostrate cancer.

Other important life changes to help reduce the risk of prostrate cancer include exercising regularly. This is an important habit that will also help reduce heart disease, other types of cancer, and also help maintain a healthy body weight.
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