I talk a lot about prostate health. And for good reason.
Science continues to show us there are many things men can do to protect themselves against prostate cancer. And as is often the case with most chronic diseases, the key to successful prevention and treatment is increasing your intake of certain minerals.
Which leads me to today’s topic — selenium. This trace mineral, found in soil, has been shown to be an all-natural insurance policy against prostate cancer. But don’t take my word for it. The proof is in the pudding…
Complete prostate protection
There are so many recent studies on selenium’s effect on prostate cancer, it’s difficult to pick the most convincing.
So I’ll start with the biggest one, which was published in 2017. In this meta-analysis, Chinese researchers conducted a rigorous scientific evaluation of 17 studies on selenium and prostate cancer. They found that men with the highest levels of selenium had a 24 percent decreased risk of prostate cancer, compared with men with the lowest levels.
Some mainstream doctors may discount these findings because prostate cancer is generally a low-risk, slow-moving disease. But the aggressive form of this cancer is quick and deadly. It usually requires surgery or radiation, rather than the watchful waiting doctors recommend for less dangerous types of prostate cancer.
And invasive treatments like surgery and radiation can affect your overall health and your quality of life.
The good news is, a recent, large study shows that selenium can protect against aggressive prostate cancer too. And it can lower the risk of all-cause mortality in men with any type of prostate cancer.
The simplest way to sidestep agonizing prostate surgery
The research was conducted in Denmark, where people tend to have low selenium levels. As part of a huge study on the effect of diet on cancer and overall health, researchers looked at how selenium status affects the risk of prostate cancer in Danish men, including all-cause and advanced prostate cancer.
The researchers analyzed levels of selenium in more than 27,000 men. They identified 784 cases of prostate cancer—525 of which were in advanced stages.
The researchers followed these men for the next five years. Sadly, 212 of the men died. But the good news is that the men who had higher selenium levels had a lower risk of all-cause mortality. And the men who had the most selenium in their blood had the lowest risk of being diagnosed with aggressive prostate cancer in the first place.
So if there’s a chance to avoid invasive, life-altering treatment like surgery or radiation for aggressive prostate cancer, wouldn’t you want to do so? Especially if all you have to do is make sure your selenium status is up to snuff?
Easy ways to get more selenium
You’ve got two options for increasing your selenium levels. The easiest and most effective way is to take at least 200 mcg of selenium a day as a dietary supplement or as part of a multivitamin/mineral.
You can also get selenium from food sources, including:
- Beef (grass-fed or finished)
- Brazil nuts
- Eggs (cage-free)
- Lamb (grass-fed or finished)
- Seafood (shrimp or wild-caught tuna, salmon, cod, or halibut)
- Turkey (preferably organic)
- White button mushrooms (preferably organic)
P.S. If you’d like to learn more ways to prevent prostate — and other forms of cancer — I’d like to invite you to my FREE webinar on Sunday, October 7th at 3pm EST.
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“Serum selenium levels and prostate cancer risk: A MOOSE-compliant meta-analysis.” Medicine (Baltimore). 2017 Feb;96(5):e5944.
”Selenium status and risk of prostate cancer in a Danish population.” Br J Nutr. 2016 May;115(9):1669-77.