November is here! The leaves have fallen, the weather is cooler, and the moustaches are sprouting. Yes, you read correctly, moustaches are making their annual comeback in support of men’s prostate health. The men at VEGA HQ will be participating in Movember yet again. Their upper lips will undergo a furry transformation over the next 4 weeks, in an effort to raise funds for men’s health.
We thought we’d take this opportunity to highlight a few plant-based favourites that have been linked to a reduced risk of developing prostate cancer. Diet has been shown to play a major role is prostate health. Try incorporating these prostate-loving foods into your (or the men in your life’s) diet.
Tomatoes – Especially when sundried or cooked, tomatoes offer the highest source of lycopene, the antioxidant most often linked to prostate cancer prevention.
Watermelon – This summer-time favourite is another delicious source of lycopene. Try blending it into a smoothie.
Cruciferous vegetables (like broccoli and cauliflower) – These veggies have been shown to reduce the impact of cell damaging carcinogens. Try eating them raw for an afternoon snack.
Green Tea – Among its many benefits, green tea is high in polyphenols, which have been shown to lower the risk of developing prostate cancer.
For more information about Movember and their mission, you can visit their website www.movember.com
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National Cancer Institute. (2010, 11 17). Tea and Cancer Prevention: Strengths and Limits of the Evidence. Retrieved 11 1, 2012, from www.cancer.gov: http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/prevention/tea
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