First things first: prostate cancer ranks as the second most widely diagnosed cancer among men throughout the world and hundreds of thousands of people are having a prostate cancer treatment. It has been noticed that prostate cancer cases are far more frequent in the western world. While that phenomenon may lie upon several diverse factors, numerous physicians hold that it’s directly connected to the typical high – fat dietary pattern that dominates the developed countries.
Scientists working for the renowned Universities of Bristol, Cambridge and Oxford decided to examine more closely the dietary patterns and personal habits of 1.806 participants suffering from prostate cancer, between 50 and 69 years old, and compared their data with similar information from more 12.000 men that did not have a problem with their prostate. V. Er (School of Social and Community Medicine of Bristol University and Bristol Nutrition BRU) led this research.
The group of researchers drafted a prostate cancer “diet – antidote”: it included certain ingredients and components, like calcium, selenium and foods with high levels of lycopene. They observed that participants who used to consume great quantities of these three components faced significantly lower chances of developing prostate cancer.
As said by the participating scientists, tomato and tomato by–products (like tomato juice), as well as baked beans, proved rather beneficial to men that consumed more than 10 portions per week: they were linked with 18 % reduced chances of developing prostate cancer.
In their effort to explain this phenomenon, they directed attention to the highly antioxidant lycopene, known for its ability to fight off toxins that can damage our cell’s DNA.
V. Er said that this particular research clearly shows that tomatoes can play an important role in our effort to prevent prostate cancer from appearing in the first place. Still, for now what we have are mere indications. More research must be done to establish these conclusions, which will have to include human testing.
Scientists that participated in this particular study reached the conclusion that doctors must strive to develop more specific dietary recommendations. Of course, all of us should continue to consume (or at least start consuming) a wide range of fruits and vegetables and strive to preserve our weight in normal levels by remaining active and athletic.