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Eating Flavonoid-Rich Foods May Reduce Risk Of Aggressive Prostate Cancer

A recent study suggests that consuming a wide variety of plants that are high in flavonoids may reduce the risk of developing aggressive prostate cancer by as much as 25%. Flavonoids are powerful antioxidants commonly found in fruits and vegetables.

The study included 920 African-American men and 977 Caucasian men, all of whom had diagnoses of prostate cancer. The participants completed self-reported dietary history questionnaires which the researchers used to determine how many flavonoids the men were consuming,

When they examined the data, the researchers found that the men who ate the most flavonoid-rich foods were 25% less likely to develop aggressive prostate cancer. They also noted that no flavonoid appeared to be protective by itself, suggesting that a mix of foods is necessary to gain these results.

The study was conducted by researchers at the Arnold School of Public Health and was presented at the 2012 International Conference on Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research held the week of October 16, 2012.

Flavonoids are naturally occurring antioxidants which have previously been shown to decrease inflammation, protect our DNA from damage, and improve heart and brain health by increasing blood flow.

Foods high in flavonoids include citrus fruits, grapes, strawberries, tea, cooked greens and dark chocolate, all of which are can be easily incorporated into your daily diet.

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