Carotenoids may protect against prostate cancer

March 2, 2005 in Cancer Prevention, Men's Health, Nutrition Topics in the News, Vitamins, Minerals, Supplements

Carotenoids may protect against prostate cancer

New research indicates dietary lycopene and other carotenoids may protect against prostate cancer. The findings confirm those of other studies that have identified lycopene as a protective agent against some types of cancers.

Researchers conducted a study in southeast China involving 130 patients with prostate cancer, and a comparison group of 274 cancer-free "controls."  The participants were interviewed about food consumption and a variety of other matters. After factoring in age, total fat and caloric intake, as well as family history, diet appeared to have an influence on the odds of developing prostate cancer.

The risk of prostate cancer declined with increasing consumption of lycopene, alpha-carotene, beta-carotene and other carotenoids the investigators report. Consumption of foods including tomatoes, spinach and citrus fruits was also associated with a reduced cancer risk.

Food sources of lycopene include tomato juice, tomato sauce, pink grapefruit and guava.

All research on this web site is the property of Leslie Beck Nutrition Consulting Inc. and is protected by copyright. Keep in mind that research on these matters continues daily and is subject to change. The information presented is not intended as a substitute for medical treatment. It is intended to provide ongoing support of your healthy lifestyle practices.