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Cranberry's May Improve Prostate Health
From the British Journal of Nutrition
The protective effects of cranberries regarding urinary tract health may also extend to men's prostates, according to a new study from the Czech Republic---- the first of its kind to report such benefits.
Writing in the British Journal of Nutrition
, scientists from Palacky University in Olomouc, Czech Republic, report that six months of supplementation with 1,500 mg per day of dried powdered cranberries significantly improved measures of prostate health. The scientists reported improvements in the International Prostate Symptom Score "quality of life" measures, urination parameters and lower levels of prostate specific antigen (PSA).
"Our trial is the first to evaluate cranberry in the treatment of lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) specifically in men with [benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)], elevated PSA levels and non-bacterial prostatitis," wrote the researchers, led by Dr. Jitka Vostalova.
Raw Broccoli Fights Cancer
The link between cranberries and urinary tract health is well established and linked to its proanthocyanidin (PAC) content. In 2004 France became the first country to approve a health claim for the North American cranberry with at least 36 mg of PAC to "help reduce the adhesion of certain E. coli bacteria to the urinary tract walls." and subsequently fight urinary tract infections (UTIs).
Both BPH and chronic prostatitis are linked to lower urinary tract symptoms. BPH is a non-cancerous swelling in the prostate gland of older men. It affects approximately 25% of American Caucasians over the age of 50. According to the European Association of Urology, 30% of men older than 65 are affected by BPH.
The Czech researchers recruited 42 men with an average age of 63 to participate in their six-month study. Results showed that people in the cranberry group experienced statistically significant improvements in all of the targeted markers, while no significant improvements were seen in the control group.
"The results of the present trial are the first firm evidence that cranberries may ameliorate LUTS, independent of benign prostatic hyperplasia or C-reactive protein level," the researchers said.
How Much Raw Broccoli Should I Eat Per Day?
"Just a few additional portions of broccoli each week could protect men from prostate cancer. Researchers believe a substance called isothiocyanate in the broccoli sparks hundreds of genetic changes, activating some genes that fight cancer and switching off others that fuel tumors.
Prostate cancer kills more men than any other kind except for lung cancer. Each year, 680,000 men worldwide are diagnosed with the disease and about 220,000 will die from it.
The benefit derived from broccoli would likely also be available from other cruciferous vegetables that contain isothiocyanate, including Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage, arugula, watercress and horseradish."
Broccoli is packed with lots of vitamins and minerals too! A large (148 grams) serving of broccoli will provide:
Vitamin C 220% Vitamin K 188% Vitamin A 18% Vitamin B-6 13% Riboflavin 10% Folate 23% Calcium 7% Iron 6% Magnesium 8% Phosphorus 10% Potassium 13% Manganese 16%
If you have cancer eat at least one head of broccoli per day or 5 oz of spears. You cannot overdose so eating more is better. One suggestion I have is to eat the broccoli spears throughout the day instead of all at once. Carry with you broccoli to munch on while in your car, at work or watching television.
Eat your broccoli raw rather than cook it. Why? Exposing your broccoli to temperatures greater than 150 degrees destroys the beneficial enzymes used in the digestion process. Eat your broccoli raw is best!
Polyphenols in Green Tea Inhibit
Prostate Cancer Growth
Scientists believe they now know exactly why polyphenols, such as those found in green tea, inhibit cancer growth. The antioxidants produce a combined effect to disrupt an important cell signaling pathway necessary for prostate cancer growth.
There are several primary ways that green tea, and also green tea extract, may help prevent cancer:
• Green tea extract works by affecting actin remodeling, an event that allows cancer cells to move and invade nearby healthy tissue.
• When a human moves, the muscles and skeletal structure function together to assist that movement. In order for cancer to grow and spread, the malignant cells must be able to move; this movement depends on actin remodeling.
• Green tea extract makes the cancer cells more mature and joins them together more closely (a process referred to as cell adhesion).
• Both the maturity of the cells, as well as the occurrence of adhesion, inhibits their mobility, thus hindering spreading.
I recommend green tea extract because it will deliver more potency over drinking green tea alone. To get the antioxidant benefits you would need to drink over ten cups per day. With the extract form you can get a therapeutic dosage without drinking 10 cups of green tea per day. Green tea is the least processed kind of tea, so it also contains the highest antioxidant level of all tea varieties.
Recommendation: Take liquid green tea extract in your "Alkaline Water" twice daily 2 ml, 56 drops [150 mg polyphenols]. You may purchase this liquid green tea extract at your favorite nutrition store or at Swanson Vitamins shown below.
Liquid Green Tea Extract at Swanson Vitamins
To obtain more information regarding this discovery you may access the report below.
Access Report from Eurekalert
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