According to data from the National Cancer Institute, over 2.7 million American men currently have prostate cancer, with 233,000 new cases diagnosed annually. In fact, almost 15% of all American men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point in their lives. With statistics like that, finding any way to lower your risk for prostate cancer would be welcome indeed.
Well, a recent study conducted by researchers from the United Kingdom’s universities of Oxford, Cambridge and Bristol, found that a diet with high plant intake, particularly tomatoes, was associated with a lowered risk of prostate cancer.
First off, we’re not going to jump to conclusions and erroneous superlatives. You may read other articles online talking about how tomatoes definitely prevent cancer, and that’s simply not known for sure. It’s sensationalism over science.
It’s important to note the word the researchers used: “associated.”
This means that the study found there was something beneficial going on with eating more tomatoes, but it will take further research to know exactly for what reason, and to rule out any variables that may have been a part of the research.
With that in mind, one of the primary schools of thought about why tomatoes may lower the risk of prostate cancer is their high amount of a pigment known as lycopene. A bright red color, lycopene is a naturally occurring chemical in your liver, prostate and other places in your body.
Current research on animals has found lycopene to cause effects similar to those of antioxidants. The animals also showed reduced cancer cell growth. It’s that bit that has people really excited. However, this is only shown in laboratory animals; human studies aren’t yet completed to a definitive extent.
However, other studies have shown that eating foods with a lot of lycopene, like tomatoes, has other great benefits that deserve to be mentioned, including:
Do not need. Don’t buy the supplements, despite the benefits of lycopene just discussed, all the studies involved are based on getting it from food sources, not pills. Tomatoes also contain potassium and vitamin C, so it’s possible these are factoring into the results.
As part of the Olumia Life diet, you’ll be eating plenty of tomatoes and/or other fruits and vegetables, meaning you’ll get optimal amounts of all the vitamins, minerals, etc. that you need.
Current research into lycopene is pointing towards a good correlation between a reduced risk of prostate cancer and eating plenty of tomatoes, so here’s a Olumia Life pro tip:
This means you have a ton of options beyond adding slices of tomato to your sandwiches and dicing it into salads (although those are both good ideas). Numerous Olumia recipes contain cooked tomatoes and are designed specifically to get you the nutrients you need to be at your best.
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