by Jan McBarron M.D., N.D. (Natural Remedy News)
Prostate-specific antigen, otherwise known as ‘PSA’, is a protein measured in a blood test often used to detect disease of the prostate and prostate cancer. Men are often treated for prostate cancer based on PSA levels over four, and some of the most widely-prescribed drugs have been shown to even elevate these PSA levels. Therefore, some men are being treated for nonexistent prostate cancer based on these elevated scores.
According to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, researchers studied the effects of ten common medications on PSA scores of 1,864 men aged 40 and older with no history of prostate cancer. Some of the conclusions were quite sobering.
After one year on medications including: nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (Celebrex, Motrin, Ibuprofen, and aspirin); statin drugs including Lipitor, Zocor, Crestor, Vytorin; or thiazide drugs (commonly-used water pills used to treat high blood pressure), PSA readings were significantly worse after five years.
Many men are on these prescription medications and are simultaneously being tested for PSA, making it appear that PSA testing is now more inaccurate than ever. It is important for men to remember not to always rely strictly on PSA testing in instances of prostate cancer diagnoses, and strive to prevent cancer through diet, exercise and supplements to promote good prostate health.
Dr. McBarron’s Natural Remedies for Prostate Health
An elevated PSA level can indicate abnormalities in the prostate. An elevated PSA should be tested more than once preferably at six to eight week intervals as PSA levels can fluctuate from time to time for many reasons. Here are some natural lifestyle remedies that can help protect and nourish your prostate:
- Eat antioxidant foods, including fruits (such as berries, watermelon, and tomatoes) and vegetables (such as squash and bell peppers).
- Include more cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts) in your diet. One preliminary study suggested men who eat three or more servings a week lessened their chance of developing prostate cancer. Another study found that men who ate 28 or more servings of all types of vegetables per week were 35% less likely to develop prostate cancer than those who had fewer than 14 servings per week. These foods also appear to have anticancer properties in test tube studies.
- Eat more fish. Some studies show men who regularly eat fish have a lower risk of prostate cancer than those who don’t consume as much fish.
- Don’t eat foods high in saturated fat. High-fat diets may increase your risk of prostate cancer.
- Maintain a proper weight, and exercise regularly
Prostate Formula by Vita Logic is an excellent blend of herbs to nourish and protect the prostate. It contains saw palmetto, pygeum, nettle and other herbs at therapeutic levels to assist men experiencing prostate problems, including enlargement of the prostate as well as prostate cancer. Prostate Formula by Vita Logic should be considered by those wishing to optimize prostate health.
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