Saw Palmetto

Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer for men, and it’s getting more common in the western world. A report from Prostate Cancer UK in January 2020 shows that: “New nationwide data shows the number of men dying from prostate cancer in the UK has exceeded 12,000 in one year for the first time ever. This is despite medical advances in diagnosing and treating prostate cancer.”

In “How Not to Die”, Doctor Greger has plenty to say.
• Milk: The concern is growth hormones in the milk (even if organic), and natural chemicals in milk that cause an increase of “IGF-1” ( a growth factor) in the body.
• Eggs: An egg a day doubles the risk of cancer progression (Metastising). 2 ½ eggs per week gives 80% increase in risk of dying from prostate cancer.
• Poultry: Regular consumption of chicken and turkey gives 5 times the risk of cancer progression.
• Cruciferous (eg. Cabbage) vegetables: One serving a day halves the rate of progression. Other good preventative foods are: Soya, Flaxseeds, Onions, Legumes.

The Mayo Clinic has these suggestions for prevention:
“There’s no proven prostate cancer prevention strategy. But you may reduce your risk of prostate cancer by making healthy choices, such as exercising and eating a healthy diet.” In particular:
“Choose a low-fat diet. Increase the amount of fruits and vegetables you eat each day. Reduce the amount of dairy products you eat each day. Maintain a healthy weight. Exercise most days of the week.”

You may want to try Saw Palmetto as a preventive, but according to WebMD “While several small studies suggest that saw palmetto may be effective for treating BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia, ie. an enlarged prostate gland), most larger trials found little or no evidence that saw palmetto affects prostate disease.”