Since prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers in men and about half of all men experience prostate issues after age 50, it’s a good idea to eat foods that support prostate health.
High in vitamin C and antioxidants, berries protect the body from free radicals, molecules that attack healthy cells and contribute to cancer risk. Throw some fresh or frozen blueberries and strawberries in your protein shake for a healthy post-workout snack.
Lean meat and fish
Animal fat has been linked to an increased risk for prostate cancer, so to minimize those risks, choose lean meats like chicken, turkey, or fish. Fish is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which are known to reduce your risk for prostate cancer.
If you don’t like fish, flaxseed is an alternative way to get omega-3s in your diet. You can incorporate flaxseed into baked goods or your favorite smoothie recipe.
Beans & seeds
Beans, chia, and hemp seeds pack a ton of protein and nutrients, which make them great meat replacers when you are avoiding fatty red meat.
Green tea not only lowers cholesterol; it’s also been linked to protecting against prostate cancer. Try brewing some green tea for a mid-morning boost instead of reaching for another cup of coffee.
Pink grapefruit, papaya, watermelon, & tomato
All of these fruits are refreshing in the warmer months and have also been found to prevent prostate cancer. This is due to a chemical compound called lycopene, known as one of the most powerful antioxidants in the world.
For more resources and advice on men’s health, check out the top health concerns for men at every age and The Men’s Guide to Living Healthy from Shawnee Mission Health.