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All men have one, only half of them know where it is and none of them can spell it. The prostate (not prostrate – which means ‘lying flat’) is a small gland, about the size of a walnut, that sits under the bladder by the urethra (the urine duct) and makes fluid that passes into the seminal duct to help sperm swim along. It’s a bit like the refuelling station in a marathon for your sperm.
 
If it gets swollen it can act like a clamp, making it harder to urinate. This is very common in men later in life. It’s either caused by inflammation of the prostate (prostates) or, more commonly,  benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and affects one in three men over the age of 60. Although there is no clear link between BPH and prostatic cancer, other than difficulty peeing, too many men avoid going to their doctor. In both cases, the earlier you know what’s happening the better.
Prostate cancer is increasing at an alarming rate. Currently, roughly one in ten men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, however the World Cancer Research Fund estimates that one in four men will have a diagnosis of prostate cancer during their lives by 2018. Prostate cancer can vary from a relatively harmless condition to a serious illness, and its frequency increases with age.  A small amount of prostate cancer is commonly found in older men who have died from other causes, with up to 80 per cent of 80 year olds.  According to Professor Jonathan Waxman of Imperial College, London, little spots of cancer occur in 70 per cent of 70 year olds, 60 per cent of 60 year olds and 50 per cent of 50 year olds, but their relationship with the development of aggressive cancer is unknown. A non-aggressive type of prostate cancer is known as prostatic intra-epithelial neoplasia or PIN.  Some doctors regard PIN as being a precursor of cancer, however not all agree.
 
The most commonly used screening test for prostate health is a blood test measuring PSA (prostate-specific antigen). This is produced by the prostate gland. High levels of PSA may be an early indicator of prostate cancer.  However, it also gives many false positives. It is also raised in BPH so a high level doesn’t mean you have a problem. Generally, having a PSA below 2.5, if you’re under 60, or 4 ng/ml if you are over 60 is consistent with good health. Doctors also carry out a digital rectal examination, however this is also prone to false positives.
 
How to keep your prostate healthy
Don’t drink milk – the strongest dietary risk factor for prostate cancer is dairy consumption. Switzerland, for example, has the highest dairy intake and the highest numbers of deaths from prostate cancer. This is almost certainly due to a hormone in milk called Insulin-like Growth Factor (IGF). Prostate tissue has receptors for IGF-I and IGF-II.  Research shows clearly that men with high levels of circulating IGF-I are at greater risk of suffering from prostate cancer than those with lower levels.  Research also shows that circulating levels of IGF-I in the blood correlate with high dairy consumption. A pint of milk a day, or the equivalent in other dairy products, quadruples risk.
 
Reduce animal fats – fats from dairy products, meat and eggs are the highest sources of hormone-disrupting chemicals and high consumption of these foods is more likely to increase risk. So, moving more towards a vegetarian diet, using bean, lentil, nuts and seeds for protein is consistent with keeping your prostate healthy. Fish, especially if organic or wild, or omega-3 rich eggs are probably the best of these foods.

Increase omega-3 fats - Fish oils may be protective against prostate cancer. A study published in the Lancet followed more than 6,000 Swedish men age 55 for up to 30 years. Its conclusion: eating fatty fish, such as salmon, sardines, herring and mackerel, could reduce the risk of prostate cancer by a third. The men who ate no fish had a two-fold to three-fold higher risk of prostate cancer than those who ate moderate or high amounts. Supplementing purified omega-3 fish oils (EPA and DHA) provides a guaranteed PCB free source of these powerful anti-inflammatory agents. If you’re suffering from BPH or prostatitis supplement the equivalent of 1,000mg of EPA a day. GNLD Omega-3 Salmon oil plus is a very good source of quality Omega-3 oils
 
Eat more fruit and veg – The higher your consumption the lower your risk. Particularly beneficial are tomatoes, rich in lycopene, and kale, cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower. These are profoundly cancer protective.
 
Take an antioxidant supplement – While individual antioxidants haven’t always come up trumps, with selenium being one of the most beneficial, a recent trial giving over 5,000 men a combined antioxidant supplement containing vitamin C, vitamin E, beta-carotene, selenium and zinc daily for eight years proved protective. However, the protective effect was far higher in those men with a normal PSAlevel (below 3mug/l). The antioxidants did not, however, appear to either lower PSA or IGF levels. (1). GNLD Beta Guard , GNLD Carotenoid Complex, GNLD Favanoid Complex and GNLD Cruciferous Plus is classified as a super antioxidants.

Eat more beans, lentils, nuts and seeds – Soya produce is particularly protective because it prevents excessive oestrogenisation. You need 15mg of phytoestreogens a day from these foods for maximum protection. That means eating either a small serving of tofu or tempeh, a third of a glass of soya milk or a serving of chickpeas or other beans, plus a handful of seeds, nuts or rye bread every day. Alternatively, you can supplement these.
 
Supplement Saw Palmetto – Saw palmetto has been proven to help inhibit cancer growth and to reduce inflammation. This makes it the perfect herb for both BPH, prostatitis and prostate cancer. Studies have shown reduction in enlargement of the prostate will daily supplementation. It also inhibits an enzyme, called 5-alpha reductase, which turns testosterone into DHT, which is the form of testosterone that promotes prostate cancer.(2) Recent research has also shown that saw palmetto inhibits the growth-promoting effects of IGF-1 in milk, so that’s an additional benefit.(3)

Personally, I think there’s enough evidence now to recommend any man over 50 to supplement Saw Palmetto. Since it’s the fatty acids is saw palmetto that seem to be most biologically active choose a supplement that is standardised to 45% fatty acids. This means it’s high quality. I recommend 120mg a day for prevention and 360mg a day if you have BHP or prostate cancer.
 
Supplement Pygeum - The other prostate-friendly herb that shows many similar beneficial properties is the the African bark Pygeum. It also lessens the harmful effect of too much IGF-I and, in animal studies, is profoundly anti-cancer.(4)
 

 

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