Earlier this year, a group of scientists have proven the effect of superfoods on slowing down prostate cancer. The team is led by a British oncologist - Professor Robert Thomas of Cambridge University Hospitals.
In a trial involving 203 men with prostate cancer, a combination of pomegranate, green tea, turmeric and broccoli extract were given to half of the group, while the other half took the placebo.
After six months, the trial group taking the purified polyphenol-rich food pill had reduced PSA levels by 63%, compared to the placebo group.
PSA, or Prostate Specific Antigen, is a protein in the blood that is produced by the prostate gland, which is an indicator of prostate cancer.
Although polyphenol-rich foods have been shown to have anti-cancer properties in the laboratories, there had, up to now, few studies that have shown a strong relationship between these properties and slowing cancer in patients.
Professor Thomas had been invited to the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) conference in Chicago earlier this year, and presented these landmark results in front of 28,000 oncologists. The scientific organising committee chooses 10 of the most significant research projects in each cancer topic from around the world.
He said, "We hope this will help millions of men to help combat the onset of prostate cancer. "
As well as the large clinical effect on PSA, the study also showed there were virtually no adverse effects and significantly fewer men proceeded to potentially toxic therapies at the end of the study.
“Healthy eating and lifestyle is the main way of helping to combat the development of cancer but men can now also turn to a whole food supplement which has been shown to work.”