6 Unexpected Remedies for Lower PSA in Black Men

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Is your PSA too high? Have you been diagnosed with prostate cancer or are you at risk for developing it? Simply want ways to get that pesky number down?

If this sounds like you, you’ve got options.

Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing is a common screening tool used to detect prostate cancer and monitor prostate health in men, including Black men who are at higher risk for developing the disease. While traditional treatments and interventions for elevated PSA levels exist, there are also lesser-known remedies that may help lower PSA levels and promote prostate health.

From supplements to beverages and even a common fruit, there are always natural ways to battle the illness. Let’s explore six unexpected remedies backed by research and their potential benefits for Black men.

1. Green Tea:  Feel like sipping? Green tea contains polyphenols, and antioxidant compounds known for their anti-inflammatory and anticancer properties.

Research from Harvard University suggests that green tea polyphenols may help reduce PSA levels and inhibit prostate cancer cell growth. These compounds may exert protective effects on the prostate by reducing inflammation and oxidative stress. In other words, green tea protects you!

2. Tomatoes:  If you like tomatoes, you’re in luck. These popular red fruits are rich in lycopene, a pigment with potent antioxidant properties. What this means is they fight damages on the cellular level – very important!

Studies have shown that lycopene intake is associated with a lower risk of prostate cancer and may help reduce PSA levels. Harvard studies show that lycopene’s ability to neutralize free radicals and modulate cell signaling pathways could contribute to its protective effects on the prostate.

3. Saw Palmetto:  You’ve probably heard of saw palmetto when it comes to prostate health. Saw palmetto is an herbal supplement derived from the fruit of the Serenoa repens plant. It is commonly used to alleviate symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), a non-cancerous enlargement of  the prostate gland. Research indicates that saw palmetto may have anti-inflammatory properties and could help reduce PSA levels by mitigating prostate inflammation associated with BPH.

Lowering inflammation, no matter where in the body, is always good for your health.

4. Fish Oil:  Something’s fishy… but in a good way. Fish oil supplements, rich in omega-3 fatty acids, have been studied for their potential benefits in prostate health. Omega-3 fatty acids exhibit anti-inflammatory properties and may help reduce PSA levels by modulating inflammation in the prostate gland. Or to put it in layman’s terms, fish oil soothes the body!

Some research has also looked at ‘krill oil,’ which comes from tiny shrimp-like creatures. Certain studies even indicate that krill oil may be more beneficial than fish oil.

5. Ginger Extract:  Ginger is just tasty. It is also known for its medicinal properties, including its potential antitumor effects. Studies have shown that ginger extract may inhibit the growth and proliferation of prostate cancer cells, potentially leading to lower PSA levels. Researchers have explored ginger’s bioactive compounds, such as gingerol and shogaol, which exhibit promising anticancer properties.

6. Pumpkin Seeds:  Probably didn’t see this one coming, huh? Turns out, pumpkin seeds are a rich source of nutrients, including zinc, magnesium, and antioxidants. Research suggests that pumpkin seed extract may induce apoptosis, or programmed cell death, in prostate cancer cells. This, in turn, can lead to reduced tumor growth and lower PSA levels.

Just remember, nothing is a cure-all. While these remedies show promise in promoting prostate health and lowering PSA levels, it’s essential to approach them with caution. The scientific evidence is not conclusive, and what works for someone else may not work for you. And don’t forget: natural remedies should not replace traditional medical treatments or screenings for prostate cancer.

You should always consult with your healthcare providers to develop a personalized treatment plan based on your medical history, risk factors, and individual needs. By combining evidence-based medical care with complementary approaches, you can maximize your chances of a healthy prostate.

Stay on top of your health, be vigilant, and keep strong – you got this!  (Black Doctor.org by Evan Bollinger)