Diet rich in plants could help fight prostate cancer

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A recent study from the University of South Carolina found that a high intake of flavonoids, a group of compounds found in plants, may lower the risk of aggressive prostate cancer.

Researchers suggest that including more plant-based foods and beverages, such as fruits, vegetables, herbs, and tea, into the diet may protect men from prostate cancer.

In the study, the team analyzed data from 920 African American men and 977 white men who were newly diagnosed with prostate cancer.

They found that men with the highest total intake of flavonoids had a 25% lower risk for aggressive prostate cancer compared with those men with the lowest flavonoid intake.

This suggests that men should eat a variety of plant-based foods in their diet, rather than focus on one specific type of flavonoid or flavonoid-rich food.

In addition, prostate cancer risk was even lower in those men younger than 65 and in current smokers with the highest levels of flavonoid intake.

Dietary questionnaire results showed that citrus fruits and juices, such as oranges and grapefruits, tea, grapes, strawberries, onions, and cooked greens were the top contributors to total flavonoid intake among the participants.

The team says these results support public health recommendations and guidelines from organizations such as the American Institute for Cancer Research to consume a more plant-based diet.

Eating more flavonoid-rich foods may be beneficial for those people who are at increased risk for cancer, such as smokers.

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The study was conducted by Susan Steck et al.

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