The Perfect Combination to Prevent Prostate Cancer
We can help prevent prostate cancer by combining two foods generally consumed by the average population. We have a red and juicy tomato, combined with all the richness of soy products. When eaten together, they are most effective in preventing prostate cancer, according to studies conducted within the University of Illinois.
What is prostate cancer? It is a cancer that is diagnosed in men, affecting their prostates. It has, however, 100% survival rate if caught in the early stages. As one gets older, the onset of the cancer slows, at which point, those afflicted prefer watchful waiting over harmful radiation treatments.
When looking at cancerous lesions in mice and their intake of soy and tomatoes, both in unison and one at a time, it’s become clear that while tomatoes and soy help reduce the likelihood of developing the disease, their combination is the best in terms of staving off prostate cancer. This is presented by the 20% difference between the mice who had the soy and tomatoes alone, and those who had it in combination. In other words, 61% of those in the tomato group developed prostate cancer, compared with 66% in the soy group, but only 45% in the combined. Without consuming either, chances of developing the cancer were really quite high.
When translating these findings to humans, researchers have discovered that areas where soy is eaten regularly see a significantly lower ratio of prostate cancer patients.
Now it’s time for the real question. How much soy and how many tomatoes should you be eating?
• Tomatoes: at least 3-4 servings of tomato products per week. Eat whole tomatoes preferably.
• Soy: at least 1-2 servings of soy products per day. Drink Soy milk preferably.
We may not be mice, but we are definitely just as sensitive to the natural effects of soy and tomatoes.
What are some recipes that include both? CREAMY TOMATO SOUP! Spicy or not…
What do you need?
• 14 ounces or a single can of diced tomatoes in their juice
• 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
• 3 cloves of minced garlic
• 1 peeled and sliced carrot
• 1 1/2 cups plain soy milk- your choice of brand
• 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice newly squeezed
• Coarse salt and ground pepper in order to add taste and spice
• Parsley or mint leaves to add a garnish
• If the soup is wanted spicy, try 1 small fresh or dried red chilli pepper
o Remove seeds for less burn
How to make it?
1. STEP 1
Heat the broiler in the middle of the oven to get started. Strain the tomatoes, keeping the juices on the side. Spread tomatoes on a rimmed baking sheet, before drizzling with extra virgin olive oil and broiling until lightly browned, for about 8 minutes.
2. STEP 2
Combine browned tomatoes, garlic, chilli pepper, carrot, soy milk, and the reserved tomato juice, as well as the lemon juice in a food processor, pureeing until nicely thick and smooth.
3. STEP 3
Pour the concoction into a medium saucepan and boil it over medium heat. Once it’s heated, reduce to a simmer to cook for about 5 minutes. Finish the meal with seasons of salt and pepper, before garnish with parsley or mint leaves. Bon Apetit!
And there you have it folks! A little creativity in combining important herbs and vegetables can create the perfectly healthy meal! Enjoy the natural anti-cancerous combinations, for they will not having you running through hospitals, nor losing your hair. They only serve to strengthen the body, fighting off diseases that would dare attack.
Reference: Cancer Prevention Research Journal