Can a high fibre diet benefit your prostate?

The sobering fact is that one in six men will be affected by prostate cancer at some point in their lifetime, as nearly a quarter of a million are diagnosed in the US each year.

It is also the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australian men.

Although many men can live a normal lifespan as long as the disease remains localised, the cancer can become aggressive as it spreads to other organs and ranks as the second leading type of cancer killer.

A number of lifestyle factors including poor diet and lack of exercise cause malignant cells to leave the prostate and travel to remote parts of the body.

Any natural intervention that prevents the deadly spread of tumour cells could help save the lives of many thousands of men each year.

IP6 from a High Fibre Diet Inhibits Prostate Cancer Growth

A research team from the University of Colorado Cancer Center have published the result of their study in the journal, Cancer Prevention Research that explains how a high fibre diet may have the clinical potential to control the progression of prostate cancer in patients diagnosed in early stages of the disease. Scientists observed that the incidence of prostate cancer is similar among Asian and Western societies, yet the rate of disease progression is much higher in Western men, leading to a significantly increased death rate among this population.

Researchers developed a mouse model to test the influence of inositol hexaphosphate (IP6), a major component of high fibre diets, on the progression of prostate cancer tumours and subsequent malignant growth. Mice with existing cancer were divided into two groups. The first group was fed a standard diet with the addition of IP6, while the second group received the same diet and served as a control group.

Include up to 10 Daily Servings of Fibre-Rich Fresh Vegetables, Legumes and Fruit to avoid Prostate Cancer

The lead study author, Dr. Komal Raina noted “The study’s results were really rather profound. We saw dramatically reduced tumour volumes, primarily due to the anti-angiogenic effects of IP6.” Scientists determined that the bioactive compound kept prostate tumours from making the new blood vessels they require to supply themselves with energy. Without this energy, the cancer can’t grow. Additionally, they found that the cancerous tumour cells metabolised glucose at a much slower rate, inhibiting their ability to grow from their preferred fuel source.

Dr. Raina concluded Researchers have long been looking for genetic variations between Asian and Western peoples that could explain the difference in prostate cancer progression rates, but now it seems as if the difference may not be genetic but dietary. Asian cultures get IP6 whereas Western cultures generally do not.”

Boost your natural intake of IP6 and fibre by adding six to ten servings of fresh vegetables, fruit and legumes to your daily diet to significantly lower the risk of prostate cancer and most other forms of cancer.

About the author:
Mr Vitamins guest author, John Phillip is a USA-based Nutritional Consultant and Health Researcher who writes regularly on the cutting edge use of diet, lifestyle modifications and targeted supplementation to enhance and improve the quality and length of life.

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Father's Day CatalogueSources for this article include:

http://cancerpreventionresearch.aacrjournals.org/content/6/1/40
http://www.nutraingredients.com/Research/High-fibre-diet-ingredient-IP6-backed-for-prostate-cancer-prevention/
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-01/uocd-hfd010913.php
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/01/130109162032.htm

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