I am a 48 year-old man and my father was diagnosed with prostate cancer five years ago.
Q. Dear Terry, “I am a 48 year-old man and my father was diagnosed with prostate cancer five years ago. Thankfully, he is in remission but I would like to know what I can do now to prevent a prostate cancer diagnosis in the future.” — John H., St. Paul, MN
A. Dear John, I applaud you for taking steps to maintain optimal health. I believe a diet consisting of animal proteins, low carbohydrates, low sugar, minimal grains, and lots of fresh fruits and vegetables is important, I believe I have some natural medicines that could make a real difference.
You may already know that curcumin is at the top of my list as one of the most beneficial anti-cancer botanical compounds ever known. And that holds true for prostate cancer as well. What I find most fascinating about curcumin is that it can stop the multitude of conditions that lead to prostate cancer: inflammation, oxidation, DNA damage, and the cell-signaling that makes tumors form and spread. Of course not all curcumin’s are created equal, and the type of curcumin you use makes a difference. I recommend a clinically studied curcumin that is blended with turmeric essential oil for better absorption, plus enhanced benefits from the turmerones in the extract.
Another powerful ingredient in the fight against prostate cancer is pomegranate. Scientific studies have shown that pomegranate juice can significantly decrease PSA levels (often used as a marker of prostate cancer). But if you’re only drinking the juice of pomegranate, you’re missing out on some of its most important compounds: omega-5 fatty acid, also called punicic acid, which is found in the seed oil. Current research finds that omega-5 from pomegranate inhibits PSA and stops the growth of blood vessels that feed tumors.
Scientific studies on grape seed extract kills prostate cancer cells by stopping the inflammatory pathways that set them up to become cancerous. Other research points to an additional way grape seed extract stops tumors: by preventing cancer cells from connecting to blood vessels, and depriving them of oxygen and nutrients. Like any nutrient, the key compounds need to be absorbed before you’ll see any difference. I recommend a French grape seed extract that is tannin-free and provides only low-molecular weight oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPCs). They absorb best so you actually get the prostate protection you need.
Many people are familiar with milk thistle for liver health, one of the key compounds – silybin – actually has amazing abilities as a potential preventative and treatment for prostate cancer.
Lastly, vitamin D3 is crucial for optimal health, especially for the prostate. In a Harvard Medical School clinical study, 14 percent of the participants (all of European descent) had genes associated with less efficient use of vitamin D, and as a result were more susceptible to prostate cancer. In fact, the combination of low vitamin D levels and a slight genetic difference associated with poorer use of vitamin D meant they were more than twice as likely (2.5 times) to develop aggressive prostate cancer.
So I recommend curcumin blended with turmeric oil, pomegranate seed oil rich in omega-5 fatty acids, low-molecular weight grape seed extracts for better absorption, silybin from milk thistle, and vitamin D3. I would take 710 mg of curcumin, pomegranate, grape seed extract, and silybin, and 1500 IU of vitamin D3 per day.
Terry . . . Naturally