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When it comes to maintaining a healthy prostate, the phrase "you are what you eat" holds true. The foods you consume play a significant role in supporting prostate health and reducing the risk of prostate-related issues.

Here are 4 essential dietary choices that can help keep you and your prostate in great shape.

1. Fruits (especially red ones): Incorporating a rainbow of fruits into your diet is paramount for prostate health. These nutrient-packed foods are rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Red fruits, like watermelon, raspberries, strawberries and cooked tomatoes, are a standout choice due to their high content of lycopene– a powerful antioxidant known to benefit the prostate.

2. Healthy Fats: Omega-3 fatty acids, found in fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, and trout, have been associated with a lower risk of prostate cancer. Nuts and seeds like flaxseed, chia seeds, and walnuts also provide healthy fats and are great additions to your diet.

3. Whole grains and legumes: A diet high in fiber supports overall health, including prostate health. Whole grains like oats, brown rice, and quinoa, as well as legumes like lentils and beans, are excellent sources of dietary fiber. Fiber helps regulate bowel movements and may play a role in reducing the risk of prostate issues.

4. Leafy Green Vegetables and Sprouts: Vegetables from the cruciferous family, such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and cabbage, contain compounds like sulforaphane that have shown promise in reducing the risk of prostate cancer.


5. Water: Staying well-hydrated is crucial for overall health, including prostate health, and shouldn’t be overlooked as a key part of your diet. Proper hydration helps flush toxins from the body and maintain optimal bodily functions.

If you are already diagnosed with prostate cancer, watching what you eat is even more important. Getting lots of fruits and vegetables in your diet can be critical, as antioxidants in these foods fight free radicals and have been shown to help prevent cancer growth. During treatment, focus on foods that are easy to digest and low in fiber, like cream of rice, oatmeal, protein powder, almond butter, and eggs.

While dietary choices are a major part of proactively protecting your prostate, it's important to remember that overall lifestyle factors– regular exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, and avoiding smoking, excessive alcohol, and processed foods– also play a significant role.

Always consult with a healthcare professional before taking supplements or making significant changes to your diet. For personalized guidance on your diet and prostate health, call 201-227-6029 to schedule a consultation with a registered dietitian nutritionist at Holy Name.