Phytoestrogens may protect from prostate cancer

February 15, 2006 in Cancer Prevention, Men's Health, Nutrition Topics in the News

Phytoestrogens may protect from prostate cancer

New study findings from researchers in Sweden have found that a diet high in phytoestrogens, including soy, sunflower seeds, berries and peanuts can reduce the risk of prostate cancer by up to 26 percent.

The latest study published in the journal Cancer Causes and Control compared the diets of over 1400 volunteers recently diagnose with prostate cancer to the diets of over 1100 healthy control individuals.

Researchers found that participants who had a high intake of phytoestrogens, in the form of soy, sunflower seeds, berries and peanuts was associated with decrease risk of prostate cancer.

Researchers could not conclude if the protective effect was due to phytoestrogens alone or was a combination of other substances. Regardless, researchers do warn against taking large doses of supplements with artificial phytoestrogens since no clinical trials have been conducted to test their safety.

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