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Vitamin D3 and Prostate Health


Vitamin D3, or cholecalciferol, is the most vital steroid in the group of vitamin D, crucial to numerous bodily functions. It contributes to multiple aspects of men’s well-being. 

Effects of vitamin D3 on overall health:

  1. Bone health: Vitamin D3 promotes calcium absorption and phosphorus regulation, which is vital for maintaining strong bones and preventing conditions like osteoporosis and rickets.
  2. Immune function: Vitamin D3 strengthens the immune system, helping the body fight infections and reducing inflammation.
  3. Cardiovascular health: Adequate vitamin D3 is associated with better cardiovascular health and reduced risk of heart diseases.
  4. Mental health: Vitamin D3 has been linked to improved mood, cognitive function, and reduced risk of depression.
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The Larger Your Prostate, the Less Your Chance of Getting Prostate Cancer


The larger your prostate, the less your chance of getting prostate cancer – this is the main conclusion of the recent study by K. R. Nandalur et al.(2021). Until recently, the relationship between benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH) and prostate cancer (PC) remained controversial. Some studies have found such a relationship, while others, on the contrary, couldn’t find any association between them. Therefore, and to reduce the fear of most people suffering from BPH symptoms of a possible escalation into PC, the idea of the independence of these conditions of the prostate has been propagated. 

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Cruciferous Vegetables (Sulforaphane) and Prostate Cancer


Prostate cancer (PC) is a disease typical for old age, though anomalies in the prostate tissue can be observed in men in their twenties or thirties. Therefore, PC is believed to be slow-growing cancer. The long, relatively silent period of prostate cancer suggests that different types of therapies could potentially slow disease progression or stop disease onset, which could help to avoid or decrease invasive surgical procedures such as prostatectomy. 

In the previous posts, we discussed various food ingredients such as Lycopene in tomatoes, Polyacetylenic oxylipins in carrots, Vitamin K2 in sauerkraut, and natto that have proven anti-cancer activities. Here we will address the cancer-healing properties of one more magic gift of nature – broccoli

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Foods Reducing the Risk of Prostate Cancer. Tomatoes.


Lycopene, belonging to the carotenoids, is abundantly found in tomatoes and tomato-based products, pink grapefruit, and watermelon. Despite not having red or orange color, Asparagus, and parsley are also good sources of lycopene.  

Lycopene is a potent antioxidant-an important deactivator of reactive oxygen species. The human body cannot synthesize lycopene, so it must be consumed with daily food. The absorbed lycopene is mostly stored in the testes, liver, adrenals, and prostate, with concentrations in the testes as high as ten times that of other tissues. This may point to an exclusive biological role of lycopene in certain tissues. 

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How does obesity affect prostate health?


Overweight and obesity are risk factors for many health problems such as cardiovascular diseases, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, joint conditions, gallstones, and certain types of cancer, among other issues.
Hereafter, we’ll discuss how obesity affects the health of the prostate, namely benign prostate enlargement and prostate cancer (PC). The aim is to educate and attract the attention of men to the adverse consequences that may have obesity on the male reproductive system in general and prostate health in particular.

Currently, prostate cancer is on the rise, and so is obesity.
Only for the last five years, in the United States, registered PC cases have increased by 27% from 180,890 in 2016 to 248,530 in 2021.
The deaths from PC raised by 24%, from 26,120 deaths in 2016 to 34,130 deaths in 2021.

Five years ago, an official forecast for PC was that one man in 9 would be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime. Now, it is one man in 8 already.

Don’t allow yourself to be a part of these horrible statistics.

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Prostate cancer: the role of estrogen


Despite the general belief that higher serum testosterone increases the risk of developing new and rapid growth of latent prostate cancer (PC), recently, some scientists attribute testosterone only a secondary role. And the emphasis is being shifted onto its direct derivative-estradiol.

In a man’s body, the enzyme aromatase converts about 0.3-0.4 % of testosterone (T) into estradiol (E2). Probably, the labeling of these compounds as the male’s and the female’s hormones allowed E2 to stay in the shade, while the high T content and its well-known anabolic properties attracted much more attention regarding malignant cell growth. Moreover, for the last eight decades, evidence has been directly pointing to T in fuelling prostate cancer.

This belief has resulted in a fear of T therapy for cancer patients, and all kinds of men suffering from low T. Evidence-based education of the general public about the true relationship between T, E2, and PC may help change public consciousness and facilitate future progress in this demanding area. Let’s try to analyze the available data and understand how these two hormones affect the development of prostate cancer.

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Testosterone and prostate health


For over 75 years, it has been accepted that higher serum testosterone increases the risk of developing both new and rapid growth of latent prostate cancer. How did it happen that testosterone, being a hormone controlling the development of the prostate early in life, becomes a destruction and degeneration factor of the prostate in old age? What is the price of risk of testosterone therapy, and does it prove the expected benefits? There is considerable evidence that androgen deprivation therapy noticeably depresses the development of prostate cancer in humans and prostate cell line experimental systems. However, there is no clear evidence that an increase in endogenous testosterone levels contributes to the development of prostate cancer in men.
Let’s study the issue carefully, analyzing the pros and cons of available evidence-based data.

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Prostate-specific antigen (PSA)


PSA is an organ-specific enzyme produced by epithelial cells of the prostate. In healthy men, most PSA is secreted into seminal fluid liquifying semen, and only a small amount of it leaks into circulation. Normal PSA levels in the blood amount between 0-2.5 ng/ml. As a man ages, his prostate gets larger, leading to slightly higher normal levels of PSA. 

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How constipation affects your prostate?

Constipation is one of the most harmful conditions for your health. As I mentioned earlier, the prostate is located in the vicinity of the rectum, and with age, it may enlarge several times in size, even pressing into the wall of the rectum. When your bowel works correctly, the feces are eliminated in time, and the level of exogenous and endogenous toxins in the feces is low, the wall of the rectum performs its barrier function perfectly; even if the content of the bowel has a high level of toxins, their exposure time to the wall of the colon is short.

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