1.5 Oz Serving of Nuts May Cut Prostate Cancer Death Risk by 34%

Bag of mixed nutsBEACON TRANSCRIPTRecent research suggests that eating nuts at least five times per week every day could help reduce prostate cancer mortality by a third. Scientists found that it is enough to consume a 1.5-ounce daily serving to trim the said risk by 34 percent.

According to the study, walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, pistachios, and macadamias are equally effective in boosting prostate cancer patients’ survival rates.

The study involved 47,000 healthy men who were monitored for more than two decades. During that period, 6,800 study participants were diagnosed with prostate cancer. Researchers were curious to learn whether the men’s diets had any influence on their chances of survival.

The findings did not reveal a relationship between nut consumption and lower risk of developing the disease. Instead, patients already diagnosed with the condition had a 34 percent lower risk of dying from the disease if they ate nuts on a regular basis than their peers who shunned the healthy foods from their diets or consumed them only once a month.

Lead author of the research Ying Bao said that the findings are of particular importance since there are more people living with prostate cancer than dying from it. Despite the disease’s deadlines, about 2 million American men have survived it.

Dr. Bao underlined that prostate cancer incidence is on the rise in the Western world. His team also found that insulin resistance may be a risk factor for developing prostate cancer and dying from it. Insulin resistance forces the body to have no positive reaction to the hormone insulin.

The findings are consistent with past research. Two months ago, a study unveiled at the American Association for Cancer Research showed that Brazil nut consumption can boost the body’s defense against prostate cancers in advanced stages.

Authors of that study argued that nuts boost men’s levels of selenium which can have a protective role against prostate cancers. The study found that men who at the nuts regularity had a 60 percent lower risk of being diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer over the next 17 years than men who didn’t have high selenium levels.

Past studies had also found that lycopene has a protective role against prostate cancer. The compound can be found in tomatoes, while selenium is found in Brazilian nuts (two nuts contain about 200 mcg), fish, shellfish, eggs, wheat germs, and yeast.

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