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For Women: Best Foods for Prostate Health

Updated on October 10, 2011

Women Can Help - Foods for Prostate Health

By Dexter Yarbrough. Some of you may be wondering why an article about prostate health includes 'women' in the title. When it comes to the prostate, many believe that it is a male problem only. Well ladies, many men don't like to deal openly with prostate issues because it impacts their manhood and, well, there is the issue of that digital rectal exam (whew!). It is one of those troubling topics for men, which may explain why many men still don't get a prostate exam. Unfortunately, many men die from prostate cancer.

Men will have to deal with prostate problems at some point. So ladies, if you are involved in a relationship with a man, this problem will effect you as well. While doctors suggest that men have their prostates checked regularly after the age of 45, it is never too early to choose the types of food that are most beneficial to the prostate. As usual, men need assistance (jk) and your help in ensuring that your partner gets the right nutrition will go a long way!

Since many women make dinner or specials meals for men, providing the foods mentioned in the next several sections are ways that you can help him get the proper prostate nutrition. The key is to be sensitive when discussing this topic and, if necessary, to introduce these foods gradually and in the most appetizing ways.

Vitamins

Vitamins A, C and E are known antioxidants that can help prevent prostate cancer. Foods that are rich in these vitamins and help keep your prostate healthy include, citrus fruits, blueberries, red peppers, tomatoes and grapes. Sweet potatoes, carrots and cantaloupes are foods that are rich in beta-carotene, which boosts the immune system and naturally helps keep cancer, among other ailments, at bay. Watermelon and pink grapefruit (as well as tomatoes) are lycopene-rich foods that have been associated with reduced rates of prostate cancer.

Vitamins B6 and D also play a role in positive cell growth, which fights the cancerous cells that produce prostate problems. Foods that are rich in these include lettuce, spinach, apricots, and chicken livers.

Selenium

The mineral selenium is also known to prevent prostate cancer. Eating foods such as garlic, fish, turkey and nuts (all contain selenium) help you fight off prostate cancer. Fish like salmon, cod and tuna also contain omega-3 fatty acids.

Cruciferous Vegetables

Broccoli, kale, cabbage, sprouts and cauliflowers are rich in suplorophane, which is a phytochemical that both fights cancer and rids the body of testosterone and other hormones that lead to the formation of cancers. It is suggested that men who eat 5 servings a day can cut prostate cancer risk up to 10 - 20 percent. I try to eat lots of broccoli!

Legumes

Legumes, also known simply as beans - black, pinto, red and kidney - are high in fiber, which helps to flush excess testosterone from the system, as a build-up of that hormone can encourage the formation of cancer cells.

Flax Seed/Meal

Flax seed meal is the ground seed of the flax plant. Flax seed meal is not only a tasty addition to salads and baked goods, but it might also benefit prostate health. While the full effect of flax seed on prostate cancer is being investigated, early research looks extremely promising. Some misconceptions exist regarding prostate cancer that keeps some men from choosing this healthy food in their diets.

Ladies, flax seed oil is not the same as flax seeds. Flax seed oil is a concentrated source of ALA (alpha linolenic acid), which has been questioned for its potential association of increasing prostate cancer risk. It seems that plant based sources of ALA has a beneficial effect on prostate health, but ALA derived from animal sources, such as meat or dairy, raises the risk of prostate cancer.

As such, you can moderately include flax seed in your loved ones diet. A lot of foods now contain flax seeds such as bread, cereal and other baked goods. Many bakers use flax seed flour or include flax seed in baking.

Flax seed is also high in protein and fiber.

Soy Products

Soy and rice milks are healthy alternatives to cow's milk, which has been known to increase the risks associated with prostate cancer. According to two major studies at Harvard University, men who cut their dairy intake or avoided it all together cut their cancer risk by 25 to 40 percent. Try using soy milk for cereal or soy cheese for sandwiches, as healthier substitutes. Personally, I prefer vanilla soy milk because it has a much better taste than regular soy milk. In any event, men really need to substantially reduce the dairy that is currently in our diets.

Ladies - Men Need Your Help

As you can see, these foods will go a long way in helping your man with protecting his prostate. Let him know that his health means a lot to you. Tell him that you not only desire to have a healthy sex life, but that you want him to have LIFE period. With over 300,000 new cases of prostate cancer each year, it is essential for women to be involved in the nutritious side of the health of men.

So ladies, your help with providing the right foods will go a long way in ensuring that men reduce their risk of prostate problems and live a more healthier, happier life! - Dexter Yarbrough

Copyright 2011

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    • Dexter Yarbrough profile imageAUTHOR

      Dexter Yarbrough 

      6 years ago from United States

      Hi Lady E! No, I couldn't make it this time! Thanks!

    • Lady_E profile image

      Elena 

      6 years ago from London, UK

      Very useful and healthy Hub. I haven't eaten flax seed before. So, that's one to try. Thanks. I note you didn't come with Michelle Obama for the Olympics.... in reference to your Obama Hubs. :-)

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      Brett Caulton 

      6 years ago from Asia

      A great approach, as let's be honest, us men are not the best at taking care of our own health and many avoid this particular 'check up'.

      Thanks for SHARING.

    • Dexter Yarbrough profile imageAUTHOR

      Dexter Yarbrough 

      7 years ago from United States

      Hi Satice! I have recently started a fruits and vegetables diet. I am on the road to becoming a vegan. Thanks for sharing your diet. Your son is getting off to a great start in eating! Thanks so much!

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      satice_j 

      7 years ago from via the Bronx, NY

      Hey Dexter, this is an article right up my alley! You'll find me in the grocery store with a list that includes these foods/vegetables because they are what I love to eat and feed to my son. A staple for us is Black beans and rice, spanish style. My son loves it and I grew up on it. Some of these foods/veggies, like the garlic, pepper, tomatoes, and citrus fruits are ones I use in my alternative health recipes. Outstanding hub, like the berries hub you wrote! Thanks for keeping us Hubbers on the track to great health!

    • Dexter Yarbrough profile imageAUTHOR

      Dexter Yarbrough 

      7 years ago from United States

      Hi Sunshine! My pleasure! And thank you!

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Superb information regarding ground flax seed Dexter! I grind whole seeds once a week in a coffee grinder (that's used for this purpose only) and store in the freezer for daily use. Thank you :)

    • Dexter Yarbrough profile imageAUTHOR

      Dexter Yarbrough 

      7 years ago from United States

      Ok! I will see what I can find and add it to the hub. Thank you so much!!!

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thank you Dexter. I appreciate you also! If you can find any info on the flax seed and add it to your hub give me a holla! :) I forgot to mention in my last comment but the FB group Journey With Prostate Cancer was started by a wonderful man named Gabe who was dx with PC at age 35...he's 36 now. He's been a tremendous amount of support to many families. Keep on hubbin'! You rock!

    • Dexter Yarbrough profile imageAUTHOR

      Dexter Yarbrough 

      7 years ago from United States

      Hi Sunshine. I am so sorry that you and your husband have had to battle this cancer. My intention with this hub was to remind men that they need to be cautious and to enlist the help of our wives or girlfriends, mothers, sisters, etc.

      I certainly feel for you and your husband. If this hub has been helpful or can be by posting it elsewhere, by all means.

      Thanks Sunshine. I really appreciate you.

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      My husband has been battling Prostate Cancer for 3.5 years. I feel that I could write a book with all we've learned. I was hoping Flax Seed would be part of this hub...I used to get him to use it until Mayo Clinic issued a warning that it could increase the PSA and then he wouldn't touch it. It's obviously not the flax seed's fault that his PSA keeps rising. I'm going to post this hub on Journey With Prostate Cancer's Facebook page...lots of useful information on here, I like the way you issued it to the women...nice twist! Great job Dexter!

    • Dexter Yarbrough profile imageAUTHOR

      Dexter Yarbrough 

      7 years ago from United States

      Hi Cardisa! Sure! Thanks for reading. We men need you!

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      Carolee Samuda 

      7 years ago from Jamaica

      Very well researched and presented. Thank you for encouraging us women to assist in keeping our men healthy.

    • Dexter Yarbrough profile imageAUTHOR

      Dexter Yarbrough 

      7 years ago from United States

      Hi Feenix! Thanks for checking it out. Prostate problems are serious and if I can help men and women by making sure people are aware, I am happy. Thanks again!

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      feenix 

      7 years ago

      Dexter, this is an awesome hub, especially for a 60+ feller like myself. Fortunately, I do not have any prostate problems now, and I want to keep it that way. Although this post contains a lot of information that I am already aware of, it served to remaind me that if I want to maintain good prostate health, I must stay on my game.

      Thank you for publishing this piece, Dexter.

    • Dexter Yarbrough profile imageAUTHOR

      Dexter Yarbrough 

      7 years ago from United States

      Thank you so much, Cloverleaf. Yes, my purpose was to get more women to read and help us men out!

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      Cloverleaf 

      7 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Clever hub, this definitely caught my interest! My husband (fortunately) enjoys drinking soy milk. Personally, I think it tastes like chalk but as long as he drinks it, it has to be a good thing.

      Vote up/Useful

    • Dexter Yarbrough profile imageAUTHOR

      Dexter Yarbrough 

      7 years ago from United States

      Thank you, Sarah. I appreciate your comments!

    • Sarah Winchester profile image

      Sarah Winchester 

      7 years ago

      Good job, I like your positive attitude in such a sensitive topic

    • Dexter Yarbrough profile imageAUTHOR

      Dexter Yarbrough 

      7 years ago from United States

      Thanks, Ahostagesituation! I appreciate your comments!

    • ahostagesituation profile image

      SJ 

      7 years ago

      Clever and VERY well done. Thanks!

    • Dexter Yarbrough profile imageAUTHOR

      Dexter Yarbrough 

      7 years ago from United States

      Thanks, Ashantina. I look forward to reading your hub on this matter. Thanks, again!

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      Ashantina 

      7 years ago

      Statistics prove that African/American/Caribbean men have the highest rates of prostate cancer. Why is this I wondered... I shall post a hub on my findings, soon :)

      Thank you for sharing this v important information Dexter! Up/useful :)

    • Dexter Yarbrough profile imageAUTHOR

      Dexter Yarbrough 

      7 years ago from United States

      Thanks V Kumar. Glad you found it useful!

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      V Kumar 

      7 years ago

      Very useful. Thanks.

    • Dexter Yarbrough profile imageAUTHOR

      Dexter Yarbrough 

      7 years ago from United States

      Thanks for viewing the information Acaetnna. I hope it helps others.

    • acaetnna profile image

      acaetnna 

      7 years ago from Guildford

      Great information. Thank you for sharing.

    • Dexter Yarbrough profile imageAUTHOR

      Dexter Yarbrough 

      7 years ago from United States

      Thanks Kashmir56! I am so glad that you found the information helpful. I hope it make more lives better.

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      Thomas Silvia 

      7 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Dexter, all important and helpful information and advice that every man and woman should be aware of .

      Awesome hub !!!

    • Dexter Yarbrough profile imageAUTHOR

      Dexter Yarbrough 

      7 years ago from United States

      Thanks so much for your thoughtful comments, GetInTheKnow.

    • GetInTheKnow profile image

      GetInTheKnow 

      7 years ago

      I like the approach you took with this important yet sensitive subject. It is important for this information to be known and in a relationship a partner often times can "assist" without making the situation uncomfortable. Great Hub!

    • Dexter Yarbrough profile imageAUTHOR

      Dexter Yarbrough 

      7 years ago from United States

      Thanks Mquee! I appreciate your thoughtful comments.

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      mquee 

      7 years ago from Columbia, SC

      Nicely done and a very relevant and meaningful topic. I am impressed with the good advice and examples of healthy foods. Thanks for sharing.

    • Dexter Yarbrough profile imageAUTHOR

      Dexter Yarbrough 

      7 years ago from United States

      Thanks, Nick!

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      Nick 

      7 years ago

      Well done.

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