Powerful Minerals to Promote Prostate Health

Prostate cancer cuts men down in their prime.

Consider this: prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among men in the U.S. And 1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime.

But you can take a few simple steps to protect yourself from becoming a victim. 

Today, I’m going to tell you about 3 powerful minerals that most men never think about but they’ve been proven to make a real difference when it comes to prostate health. 

And I’ll show you the easiest ways to increase your levels of these mighty minerals.     

Cut Your Prostate Cancer Risk by 65%

Selenium is an important mineral to keep your body young, strong and healthy, but researchers were shocked when they discovered how really powerful it is.

Scientists from seven American health centers wanted to know if selenium might reduce skin cancer risk.  They gave 1,312 volunteers either a daily 200 mcg dose of selenium or a placebo.  Unfortunately, there was no effect on skin cancer. 

But the researchers were blown away when they figured out that the men who took the selenium supplements had 63% fewer deaths from prostate cancer.

They couldn’t believe their own results.  So two years later Harvard University decided to take a crack at it.  In Harvard’s Health Professionals Follow-up Study, researchers collected toenail clippings from 33,737 men and analyzed them for selenium levels.

Six years later, Harvard confirmed that men with the highest selenium levels had a 65% lower rate of advanced prostate cancer than men with the lowest levels.

Slash Your PSA Levels by Up to 88.6%

Researchers didn’t discover that boron is an essential nutrient until 1985. Now we know that boron is necessary for healthy bones and good brain function, but its most important role is in your prostate.

Like selenium, boron significantly reduces the risk of prostate cancer. Researchers from the UCLA School of Public Health compared the diets of over 7,727 men and found that those consuming the most boron reduced their risk of prostate cancer by as much as 64%.

But here’s where boron beats even selenium.  It can actually shrink existing prostate tumors and decrease PSA (prostate-specific antigen, an indicator of prostate cancer).  In fact, a study in the Proceedings of the American Association of Cancer Research proved boron can shrink tumors by 25%-38% and cut PSA levels by up to 88.6%

Beat the Odds Against Prostate Cancer Survival

Zinc concentrates in higher levels in the prostate gland than in any other tissues of the body.  It protects the prostate from infection and enlargement, but here’s why you really need it. 

A 2009 study found that men eating a diet rich in zinc over a 10-year period reduced their risk of advanced prostate cancer by 39%.

 

And in a large study from the Harvard School of Public Health, researchers found that men with local prostate tumors who eat more zinc-rich food had a 76% better survival rate than those eating less.

 

Just one caveat…

 

The right balance of zinc is important because too much can actually increase your risk.

 

In one study from the National Cancer Institute and the Harvard School of Public Health, men who took more than 100 mg per day of zinc in supplement form more than doubled their risk of prostate cancer.

 

But zinc from food sources was not associated with any increased risk.  So it’s worth trying to get your zinc naturally from the food you eat.

 

How to Get Your 3 Mighty Minerals Every Day

Here’s a quick chart of how much you need and the top food sources for selenium, boron and zinc.

Mineral

Recommended Daily Amount

Rich Food Sources

Selenium

200 mcg

Brazil nuts

Crimini mushrooms

Cod

Boron

3-6 mg

Prunes

Raisins

Avocados

Zinc

20-25 mg

Oysters

Calf’s liver

Cashews

You can also find these minerals in supplement form but you probably won’t find all three in your multivitamin.  Check the label of your multi and take a separate supplement for whatever you’re missing. 


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