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Treating prostate cancer with vitamins and minerals

Men are likely to face a typical problem with their prostate once they cross the age of forty. A major problem arises when this gland enlarges and presses against the urethra through which the urine is passed.

The dribbling, incontinence, burning sensation and the necessity to get up in the night frequently for urinating associated with the condition can cause extreme irritation and annoyance.

The prostate produces specific proteins and a blood test for PSA (prostate specific antigen) is usually done on men in the risk group to detect the high levels, which might indicate an enlargement. It is then necessary to establish whether the enlarged prostate is cancerous or benign in nature. An enlarged prostate can also be felt easily by your physician during a physical or ultrasonic rectal examination.

The exact cause of prostate cancer is not known but genetic predispositions and a fat rich diet are suspected to be the main causes behind it. However, it is known that the male hormone testosterone stimulates the growth of the prostate and the cancer cells that it might be containing.

Upon diagnosis, prostate cancer is classified into stages depending upon the extent of the disease. Initially it metastasizes to lymph glands and later can spread to the other parts of the body.

Being concerned about prostate health even before you turn forty is a good preventative measure. Even though an enlarged prostate does not necessarily mean prostate cancer, the fear of a cancerous prostate hangs like the legendary sword of Damocles.

Recent studies have shown that despite poor prognostic profiles, South Asian men have a better chance of survival from prostate cancer than caucasian men. This is indicative of the benefits of a particular lifestyle that is conducive for preventing, controlling and simply avoiding prostate cancer.

A diet rich in lycopene and selenium along with herbs such as saw palmetto are part of an effective treatment against prostate cancer, the role played by these certain vitamins cannot be denied.

* Vitamin E acts as a catalyst for lycopene. It activates its properties of combating cancer. Vitamin E is fat-soluble vitamin that is essential for normal reproduction and an important antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals in the body.
* Vitamin D specifically targets cancers that are not caused by testosterone. While avoiding overexposure to heat, ensure that you are exposed to sunlight for at least 20 minutes every day.
* Make sure that you eat a lot of green leafy vegetables and yellow and orange fruits which are rich in beta-carotene. The beta-carotene works in tandem with Vitamin D to counterbalance the low tissue level of lycopene and restrict the rapid multiplication of cancer cells.

Staying fit and active is the best proactive natural remedy to avoid prostate problems and being on medication. The body’s own defenses are well equipped to fight diseases. A fat free diet, an active lifestyle with adequate quantities of vitamins and minerals go a long way to strengthen the immune system.

Despite the accepted effectiveness of herbs, vitamins and natural foods, it is recommended that all treatments for prostate cancer be under guidance of a specialist.

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