Certain foods and habits have been shown to support a healthy prostate and reduce the risk of prostate cancer. But these tips are not just for men.
But these four ingredients have been also combined into a dietary supplement, which was evaluated in a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial in over 200 men with prostate cancer who were not currently pursuing other treatments. And the results were quite encouraging—although perhaps not quite what the Amazon reviews might lead you to expect.
Most of the study subjects did not see “amazing” reductions in their PSA scores. About half of the men taking the supplement either had no increase or a slight decrease in their PSA scores after six months. But for those whose PSA scores did go up, the increase was significantly less than those who were taking the placebo. Scores in the treatment were on average just 15% higher after six months vs. almost 80% higher in the placebo group. That’s a big deal!
Imaging confirmed that the lower PSA scores corresponded with less disease progression. It’s also worth noting that these four ingredients do not appear to work through hormonal pathways or have any impact on the body’s hormone levels.The supplement was also found to be safe and well-tolerated.
The supplement that you can buy online, called Pomi-T, is exactly the same thing that they used in this study—but the dosage used in the study was three capsules per day, as opposed to the two capsules per day recommended on the package.
If you are being monitored for prostate cancer, I would definitely run this past your physician. (Here’s a link to the study if you’d like to share it with him or her.) But with your doctor’s blessing, this could be a very reasonable part of a watchful waiting protocol. Based on the research so far, it can’t hurt and it may well help.
Healthy Lifestyle for a Healthy Prostate
But taking these plant extracts in pill form shouldn’t take the place of upgrading your nutrition and lifestyle, in general! A clinical trial that is currently underway suggests the following for men with prostate cancer, based on previous research:
- Be sure your diet includes plenty of whole fruits and vegetables (at least five servings a day).
- Eat less meat and more legumes, which may slow the progress of the disease.
- Consider replacing cow’s milk (which some studies have linked to higher prostate cancer risk) with soy milk, which has been linked to reduction in risk.
- Get at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity exercise (such as very brisk walking) at least five days a week.
Come to think of it, that sounds like good advice for all of us! (And if you could use a little support in upgrading your nutrition, my next 30 Day Nutrition Upgrade is starting in just a few days and can help you make sustainable healthy changes to your eating habits.)
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