Carotenoid-rich products protect the body against disease
Considered the second type of cancer to most commonly affect men in Brazil, according to data from the National Cancer Institute (INCA), prostate cancer has seen a movement in the November Blue campaign to raise awareness about the importance of disease prevention and early diagnosis.
However, prevention can take place well before the age of 45, the age at which a man should make appointments with the urologist. “Some foods can prevent the tumor and maintaining a selective and balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, legumes and grains is essential for maintaining the health of the body,” says nutritionist Sheili Negrão Gomes.
The nutritionist indicates which items are indispensable on the table of the healthy man. “It is important to balance products rich in carotenoids, which in nature give yellow to red tones, such as tomatoes, carrots, squash, papaya, which protect the body against infections,” the nutritionist quotes. The tomato is considered an important “friend of the prostate” because it also contains lycopene, a substance with a high antioxidant effect.
“The role of antioxidants is to protect healthy cells in the body from the oxidizing action of free radicals,” explains Sheili, who suggests other antioxidants men can eat: flaxseed, plums, strawberries, olive oil, oats, garlic, onion, grapes, sweet potatoes, cocoa, saffron, orange, apple, among others.
Foods rich in folic acid and selenium, such as broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, and oilseeds such as nuts, almonds, hazelnuts, and peanuts, also have antioxidant properties. “Foods rich in omega 3, such as sardines, chia, salmon, olive oil, canola oil, strengthen the body’s defense system, not only reduce stress and prevent cardiovascular disease,” he reiterates.
The nutritionist also advises that in addition to a balanced diet, with plenty of water intake, exercise is essential for keeping the body healthy.