How tomatoes fight cancer
An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but a tomato has a few tricks of its own packed under that bright, red skin.
And gents, here's a reason to make sure you're eating tomatoes regularly: 10 servings a week will cut your risk of prostate cancer by 18 percent, according to the latest research.
Tomatoes are loaded with lycopene, a potent antioxidant that can protect your DNA and fight cellular damage -- including the type of damage that leads to cancer.
You'll also find lycopene in other reddish fruits and vegetables, including watermelon, guava and papaya -- and while these fruits are great, they're hard (and sometimes expensive) to eat daily.
Tomatoes, on the other hand, are a quick and tasty addition to any meal and in most places are available all year around.
But don't stop with tomatoes
Make those juicy red beauties part of a delicious daily salad, because the study of some 20,000 British men between the ages of 50 and 69 finds that eating more vegetables will bring your cancer risk down even further.
Eat five servings of fresh produce a day, for example, and your risk of prostate cancer risk drops by 24 percent when compared to men who eat less than 2.5 servings a day.
The study also confirms that the trace mineral selenium and calcium can also help reduce the risk of prostate cancer -- and men who have optimal intakes of lycopene, selenium and calcium have the lowest cancer risk of all.
You can get lycopene and calcium from a good and varied diet. Selenium is a little tougher since it depends not only on the types of food you eat, but also the soil conditions in which it's grown.
A quality men's multivitamin will usually contain just the right amount.
And if you're looking for a more personal approach to avoiding prostate cancer and other men's health conditions, make an appointment to see me at my clinic in the San Diego area.
Not in the area? I can also come up with a plan that's right for you over the phone. Call 855-DOC-MARK to set up a consultation.