Eating colorful vegetables and fruits lowered the risk of prostate cancer

(ORDO NEWS) — Men who regularly eat colorful fruits and vegetables are less likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer, according to new research from the University of South Australia.

Prostate cancer remains one of the most common and deadly types of cancer in men. However, the likelihood of developing this disease can be reduced if you monitor your diet.

It is already known that an abundance of dairy products and a lack of vitamin E in the diet increase the risk of developing prostate cancer, but this time researchers from the University of South Australia (Australia) found a link between this disease and the concentrations of specific trace elements in blood plasma.

Scientists compared the concentrations of trace elements in the blood plasma of 106 prostate cancer patients and 132 healthy men.

They found in the blood plasma of cancer patients low levels of lycopene and selenium, but high levels of iron, sulfur and calcium.

In this regard, to prevent the occurrence of tumors, researchers recommend that men eat foods rich in lycopene (tomatoes, melons, papaya, grapes, peaches, watermelons and cranberries) and selenium (white meat, fish, shellfish, eggs and nuts) more often.

At the same time, natural sources of trace elements, they emphasize, are more useful than vitamin supplements, the effectiveness of which is very limited.

One way to get enough healthy micronutrients in your diet is to switch to a Mediterranean or Asian diet.

Moreover, high levels of lycopene and selenium in the blood plasma not only reduce the risk of developing a cancerous tumor, but also the degree of DNA damage after radiotherapy, one of the main treatments for this type of cancer.


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