The Lowdown on Diet and Prostate Cancer

//The Lowdown on Diet and Prostate Cancer

Maybe you are newly diagnosed and want to know what part if any diet may play in your recovery.  What do other people do?  I have to stress that there are no absolutes here.  As far as I know, no nutritional remedy for prostate cancer has ever been shown to be effective using the most stringest standards for scientific testing — random sample, double blind study, etc.  But there is plenty of information that is provocative. 

I am giving you a link to an article which discusses diet and PC.  I chose it because it is very thorough, moderate, and is from the University of California, San Francisco (USCF), one of the highest-ranked cancer hospitals in the country (  I don’t want to give you information from some fly-by-night institution.   I am posting here a summary of the hospital’s recommendations.

The one item I think is worthwhile that I saw listed in the body of the article but I do not see mentioned here is the pomegranate.  It is a powerful antioxidant and in one study, it extended PSA doubling time from 15 months to 54 months.  So read more about it.

Summary – Healthy Diet for Prostate Cancer

• Eat 8-10 colorful fruit and vegetable servings daily

* 2-3 pieces of fruit

* 1 cup or more of vegetables with lunch and dinner

* 12 fl oz tomato-based juice

* Consume 30-35 grams of fiber daily

You will likely meet your fiber goal if you eat 8-10 servings of fruits and vegetables plus 1 serving beans/legumes or at least 2 servings of whole grains.

* Avoid processed and refined grains/flours/sugars.

* Keep WHITE off your plate – bread, pasta, rice, cereal, cream sauces, cakes, and more.

* Limit meats and dairy

* Include healthy fats daily:

Examples include cold-water fish (i.e. salmon, trout, herring, sardines), flaxseed, walnuts, soybeans, avocados, and olive oil.


Selenium (200 mcg)

2 Brazil nuts or supplement

* Lycopene (30 mg)

¾ C tomato sauce, 12 fl oz tomato juice, 4 ½ tbsp tomato paste

Vitamin E (50-200 IU)

 Natural vitamin E supplement that contains gamma-tocopherol

• Adequate vitamin D (400-2000 IU depending on age) to maintain serum 25-OH over 35 ng/mL.

* Drink 1-4 cups green tea daily

* Drink plenty of fluids, water or non-caffeinated beverages, daily to help meet fluid needs.

*• Engage in daily physical activity to help achieve and maintain a healthy body weight.

By | 2017-10-19T10:57:32+00:00 June 30th, 2008|Healing the Mind|1 Comment

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  1. Peter July 12, 2008 at 8:12 pm

    You mention flax seed as a beneficial source of healthy fatty acids. i think that it is worthwhile mentioning that there is an unresolved question regarding flax seed oil which, in some studies appears to accelerate the growth of prostate cancer cells.

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