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Eating a Citrus Fruit Every Day May Help Prevent Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer affects men across the world but in different margins. Its incidence rates vary from region to another. That’s why researchers are working to identify the environmental and lifestyle factors responsible for the promotion or prevention of the disease. One of the primary factors is nutrition, with key players being fruits and vegetables.

Multiple studies have suggested preventive interactions such as;

A diet high in fruits and veggies can help in reducing cell damage, DNA oxidation, and low-grade inflammation. It also increases the activity of the detoxification enzymes. Consuming different types of vegetables and fruits can provide the body with different bioactive compounds with different actions on prostate cancer. Recently, special interest has been drawn to the effects of consuming tomatoes and cruciferous vegetables on prostate cancer.

Because of the inconsistency in study designs and lack of detailed data on the findings, such as providing breakdown according to the stage of prostate cancer, it is difficult to come to draw meaningful conclusions. Most studies are not carried out according to matched protocols.

However, a new study came up with an analysis of the subtypes of fruits and vegetables that can help curb prostate cancer.

 They collected dietary information and organized their findings based on total and subtype of fruit and vegetable intake, overall prostate cancer incidence, and the stage and grade of disease.

From their findings, it was observed that fruits were more protective against prostate cancer than vegetables. Participants who consumed citrus fruits in high amounts notably showed a lower risk of developing prostate cancer. Consumption of vegetables did not have any effect on prostate cancer risk.

It was concluded that citrus fruits have high vitamin C content and phytochemicals, which have anti-carcinogenic qualities that can help lower the risk of developing prostate cancer.

Since the link between citrus fruits and reduced prostate cancer incidence has been established, men are encouraged to include them in their daily meals.

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