Research findings have at last confirmed that a diet containing a handful of so-called ‘superfoods’ can defeat prostate cancer.
The findings were presented to the annual conference of the American Society of Clinical Oncology on 3 June by Professor Robert Thomas, consultant oncologist at Addenbrooke Hospital, Cambridge. It involved 203 men with prostate cancer. It showed that the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels of those who took a capsule containing the essences of superfoods Pomeganate, broccoli, turmeric and green tea were 63% lower than those who took a placebo capsule.
Laboratory tests of such polyphenol-rich foods have previously demonstrated multiple anti-cancer effects but their influence on markers of cancer progression was inferred, not proven. Their effect is now firmly established by this scientific research.
The anti-cancer effect of polyphenols works because the substances not only kill cancer cells and inhibit their proliferation but also protect the DNA from oxidative damage from carcinogens.
As an added bonus, the research brought up virtually no adverse side effects from the capsule treatment and significently fewer men proceeded to potentially toxic clinical therapies at the end of the study.
Donald Havor, 79, a longstanding trustee and former treasurer of Caring Cancer Trust comments: “I was diagnosed with prostate cancer five years ago and wondered whether this was a death sentance. I approached my local Hampshire PCaSO Prostate Cancer Network for support and they gave me a strict dietary regime to follow which included such polyphenol-rich foods. It cured me and thanks to their advice I was saved from either surgery or the toxic and debilitating effects of clinical therapy. I have had no relapse. I am delighted that the efficacy of polyphenol-rich foods and supplements has finally be proven.”