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Suggested Vitamins and Supplements
Incorporate these items in your daily diet:
- Soy products – soy milk or powder, or genistein.
*Inhibits prostate cancer growth and capacity to
spread elsewhere (metastasize).
- Green Tea – 2-3 cups per day. *Boosts immune system
and induces prostate cancer programmed cell death
- Lycopenes – prefer through tomato food sources (juice,
sauces, pizza, etc.) but can be taken in pill form
*Can reduce amount of cancer cells in body.
- Vitamin C – 500mg. *Antioxidant that enhances natural
immunity against cancers.
- Vitamin D – 5000-10,000 i.u. daily, in cholecalciferol form for bone integrity and cancer reduction. (Serum D-25 must be checked every 6 months.)
- Vitamin E – 200 i.u. (preferably a combination
of gamma and alpha tocopherol).
*Reduces prostate cancer related
deaths (upwards of 40%).
- Calcium Citrate or carbonate - 400mg
at dinner, 400mg at bedtime (coral calcium OK). *Contributes
to bone health.
- Fish Oil Omega 3 (with or without rosemary) – 2000mg
two times daily.
*Inhibits inflammatory response in body thereby
reducing increased prostate cancer cellular growth
potential for cancer to metastasize.
- Curcumin (from tumeric) – 200-400 daily. *An antioxidant
that lowers amount of arachidonic acid in body. Arachidonic
acid can contribute to inflammatory conditions in
body, thereby causing increased prostate cancer
growth and spread.
- Melatonin – 3-6mg taken nightly if having trouble sleeping.
*An antioxidant that potentially increases longer
survival from cancer and potentially reduces side effects of treatment related
to stress, gastrointestinal and renal (kidney).
- Saw Palmetto extract 300mg twice daily (unless taking a “prostate
formula” multivitamin supplement). *Prevents conversion of
testosterone into DHT, thereby potentially reducing
risk of developing prostate cancer.
- Selenium - 200mcg daily. *Decreases prostate cancer related deaths.
- Zinc – 50-100mg daily. *Protective to normal cells and increases
prostate cancer cell death.
- Indole-3-Carbinol – 200-400mg daily. *An anti-cancer compound
found in cruciferous vegetables that decreases
the risk of developing cancer.
- Modified Citrus Pectin daily(optional). *Potentially inhibits the
spread of prostate cancer.
- CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) – 3 grams daily (optional).
*Blocks synthesis of arachidonic acid to reduce
growth of prostate cancer.
- Quercetin – may be taken per instructions (found in health
food stores) – For general prostate health. You may also
use a combination product with Chrysin and
Saw Palmetto called Sports One Chrysin XS.
*Reduces expression of p53, thereby inhibiting
growth of prostate cancer (angiogenesis).
- Cernitin- 2-4 tablets daily for general prostate health. *Anti-inflammatory
properties and used for chronic prostatitis
- Glutamine – 2 grams with each meal and at bedtime.
- • Glucosamine – 1500mg daily or follow directions
on specific brand; (NOT to be combined with chondroitin!).
*Helps with joint/bone strength while on hormones. **Chondroitin
can potentially cause increased recurrence rates and progression
- CoQ10 – OK to take, but is expensive, and is
optional. *A nutrient found naturally in the body
that is an antioxidant.
- Zyflamend- take one capsule twice daily. *Anti-inflammatory
with COX-2 properties that can cause programmed
cancer cell death (apoptosis).
There are a number of prostate antioxidant formulas found
in most pharmacies or health food stores, which may contain the majority
of these supplements. They might be easier to take than separate doses
of each item above. If you elect to take one of these preparations, make
sure it contains folic acid.
Exercise on a regular basis. Try for at least 30 minutes
on most days of the week. This can include walking,
jogging, swimming, exercise equipment, light weights,
etc. Read more...
Find a form of stress management that works for you.
Try to perform some type of meditation or yoga for 20 minutes once or
twice daily for stress relief. Seek the support of local
networking groups such as Man to Man (offered through The American Cancer
Society), Us TOO!, and The
This information is provided by radiation oncologist and prostate cancer
specialist Michael Dattoli, M.D., Physician-in-Chief at the Dattoli Cancer
Center and Brachytherapy Institute located in Sarasota, Florida. For
more information, visit www.dattoli.com
A comprehensive source of information on diet guidelines for prostate
cancer patients is the publication Eating Your Way to Better Health:
The Prostate Forum Nutrition Guide compiled by Charles E. Myers, Jr.,
MD, Sara Sgarlat Steck, RT, and Rose Sgarlat Myers, PT, PhD. For more
information, visit the Prostate Forum website at www.prostateforum.com/nutrition.htm
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