Prostate Cancer Home Remedies

In general, I don’t believe there’s a single supplement right now that should be used to prevent or treat prostate cancer, but since statins may lower the risk of aggressive prostate cancer by lowering the amount of cholesterol utilized in the prostate, there’s a chance red yeast rice will work because it acts like a low-dose statin. And there is some preliminary evidence that it may discourage prostate cancer growth.

Although I indicated aspirin is beginning to get research for potentially lowering the risk of dying from prostate cancer, please do not pop an aspirin a day if you’re only worried about prostate cancer because the harm could exceed the benefit if your cardiovascular risk is low. 

Go to reynoldsriskscore. org (women can use it, too) to determine your risk of heart disease, and discuss the results with your doctor. If your risk is high, you may be a candidate for baby aspirin, but if it’s low, the side effects (ulcers, bleeding into the brain, and so on) may not be worth it. I get so tired of “experts” pushing aspirin on everyone because they think it’s a miracle drug, which it can be for the people who qualify for it, but for those who don’t, it could be a life-threatening disaster.

What is Prostate Cancer?

Prostate cancer is cancer that occurs in the prostate. The prostate is a small walnut-shaped gland in males that produces the seminal fluid that nourishes and transports sperm.

Prostate cancer is one of the most common types of cancer. Many prostate cancers grow slowly and are confined to the prostate gland, where they may not cause serious harm. However, while some types of prostate cancer grow slowly and may need minimal or even no treatment, other types are aggressive and can spread quickly.

Prostate cancer that’s detected early — when it’s still confined to the prostate gland — has the best chance for successful treatment.

Prostate Cancer Home Remedies

Flaxseed

There’s a silly myth floating around the Internet that flaxseed can increase the risk of prostate cancer based on the observation in some studies that higher levels of plant omega-3s were found in some prostate cancer patients.

What few folks realize is in one of the largest and best dietary clinical trials ever done in prostate cancer, published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, flaxseed was shown to be both heart and prostate healthy—and it costs pennies a day! Taking 30 grams a day of flaxseed powder before surgery to remove the prostate appeared to work as well as if not better than a low-fat diet, based on an incredibly well-done study from Duke University.

Capsaicin

Preliminary research from the University of Toronto on capsaicin pills appears to show some activity against prostate cancer in the laboratory, but this needs a clinical trial.

What Supplements Are Useless For Treating Prostate Cancer?

Pomegranate (and others)

I do not believe the juice or the pills work any better than placebo (I hope I’m proven wrong). I have seen countless “natural products” like these come and go during my lifetime—lycopene, shark cartilage, green tea supplements, saw palmetto, zinc, and others— but these have not proven themselves to be prostate- or heart-healthy, so they’ve never made my final cut.

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