Broccoli Sprouts May Be Good for Allergy, Asthma Sufferers (via Fox News)

People with nasal allergies or asthma may want to add broccoli sprouts to their diets, if early research findings pan out.

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Honey and Cancer: Sustainable Inverse Relationship Particularly for Developing Nations—A Review (via PubMed Central (PMC))

Honey and cancer has a sustainable inverse relationship. Carcinogenesis is a multistep process and has multifactorial causes. Among these are low immune status, chronic infection, chronic inflammation, chronic non healing ulcers, obesity, and so forth. …

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Facts and Fiction of Phytotherapy for Prostate Cancer: A Critical Assessment of Preclinical and Clinical Data (via iv.iiarjournals.org)

Abstract. The objective of this work was to substantially review all preclinical and clinical data on phytochemicals, such as genistein, lycopene, curcumin, epigallocatechin-gallate, and resveratrol, in terms of their effects as a potential treatment of prostate cancer. It is known, that prostate cancer patients increasingly use complementary and alternative medicines in the hope of preventing or curing cancer. The preclinical data for the phytochemicals presented in this review show a remarkable efficacy against prostate cancer cells in vitro, with molecular targets ranging from cell cycle regulation to induction of apoptosis. In addition, well-conducted animal experiments support the belief that these substances might have a clinical activity on human cancer. However, it is impossible to make definite statements or conclusions on the clinical efficacy in cancer patients because of the great variability and differences of the study designs, small patient numbers, short treatment duration and lack of a standardised drug formulation. Although some results from these clinical studies seem encouraging, reliable or long-term data on tumor recurrence, disease progression and survival are unknown. At present, there is no convincing clinical proof or evidence that the cited phythochemicals might be used in an attempt to cure cancer of the prostate.

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Can Turmeric Treat Prostate Cancer? (via Healthline)

Turmeric is recognized as an anti-inflammatory, but can it affect chronic conditions? Here's what you should know about turmeric and prostate cancer.

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Health Benefits of Turmeric

  1. Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory.
  2. The spice’s primary active component, curcumin, has antibiotic properties.
  3. It’s said to treat conditions ranging from stomach ulcers to heart disease.
Some people use it to treat
  • inflammation
  • indigestion
  • ulcerative colitis
  • stomach ulcers
  • osteoarthritis
  • heart disease
  • high cholesterol
  • liver problems
  • viral and bacterial infections
  • wounds
  • neurogenerative diseases, including Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis
A couple recent studies shows that it may be effective against cancer cells.

39 Proven Health Benefits of Broccoli Sprouts and Sulforaphane – Selfhacked (via Selfhacked)

There are a handful of molecules that I would characterize as being close to a panacea – in that they can help almost every chronic disease. Sulforaphane is one of them. It’s an incredible molecule that’s most known for its ability to kill cancer. It will help you if you’ve got a Th1 or Th2 disorder. …

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Benefit's of Sulforaphane

The Health Benefits of Resveratrol | Dr. Sinatra (via www.drsinatra.com)

Discover the many health benefits of resveratrol, an antioxidant found in grape skins that has been scientifically proven to promote heart health and longevity.

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  • Protecting the endothelial lining of your arteries—so blood flows as it should.
  • Reducing oxidative stress, which prevents premature aging of cells.
  • Blocking the production of nf kappa b, a powerful, noxious inflammatory agent.
  • Cellular support that improves mental function, and promotes oral/dental health.
  • Cancer suppression by preventing cancer cell replication and enhancing cancer cell death in a variety of laboratory cell culture studies.
  • Muscle health, by reducing muscle wasting associated with diabetes and cancer.

Is flaxseed good for you?

People take flaxseed for it's health benefits.  It's not digestible unless you soak or grind it .  It becomes rancid at room temperature quickly so it's suggested you refrigerate it.

WebMD has a good summary of it's medical benefits which I extracted below:

There is Evidence that it helps with Diabetes, High cholesterol, and Autoimmune disorder

WebMD

  • Diabetes. Research shows that taking a specific flaxseed product (FlaxEssence, Jarrow Formulas) three times daily for 3 months lowers hemoglobin A1C, a measure of average blood sugar level, in people with type 2 diabetes. Other clinical research shows that taking flaxseed powder for one month can reduce fasting blood glucose in people with type 2 diabetes, and taking flaxseed for 3 months can reduce blood sugar levels in people with glucose-intolerance. However, taking milled flaxseed does not seem to lower fasting blood sugar, insulin levels, or blood fats in people with type 2 diabetes.
  • High cholesterol. Research shows that various flaxseed preparations, including ground flaxseed, partially defatted flaxseed, and flaxseed bread and muffins, seem to reduce total cholesterol and the “bad cholesterol,” low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, in people with normal cholesterol levels and in men and pre-menopausal women with high cholesterol. However, flaxseed does not have much effect on “good cholesterol,” high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol. Most flaxseed preparations do not affect triglyceride levels. However, partially defatted flaxseed (flaxseed without as much alpha-linolenic acid content) can increase triglycerides.
  • Autoimmune disorder (systemic lupus erythematosus, SLE). Taking flaxseed by mouth seems to improve kidney function in people with SLE.

Not enough evidence that it helps with many other disorders.
WebMD
  • Enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia; BPH). Early research shows that taking a specific flaxseed product (Beneflax) daily for 4 months reduces urinary tract symptoms associated with BPH and improves quality of life.
  • Breast cancer. Early research shows that eating a muffin containing 25 grams of flaxseed daily for about 40 days reduces tumor cell growth in women recently diagnosed with breast cancer. However, it is unclear if this effect significantly improves overall breast cancer outcomes. There is inconsistent evidence regarding the effects of dietary flaxseed on breast cancer development.
  • Heart disease. Research suggests that dietary intake of lignans, which are found in flaxseed and other foods, does not reduce the risk of heart disease.
  • Colorectal cancer. Research on the effect of flaxseed on colorectal cancer risk is inconsistent. Some research shows that consumption of lignans, which are in flaxseed, is not associated with a reduced risk of colorectal cancer. However, other research suggests that it is.
  • Constipation. Flaxseed is a good source of dietary fiber. Eating flaxseed-containing muffins seems to increase bowel movements in young adults, while eating flaxseed-containing yogurt seems to increase bowel movements in elderly people.
  • Endometrial cancer. Research suggests that blood levels of lignans, which are found in flaxseed and other foods, are not associated with endometrial cancer risk.
  • High blood pressure. Early research shows that taking flaxseed extract three times daily for 6 months reduces blood pressure in men but not in women.
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Early research shows that taking 24 grams of flaxseed daily for 4 weeks does not improve quality of life or the severity of IBS symptoms in people with IBS.
  • Lung cancer. Research suggests that people who eat more phytoestrogens, such as those found in flaxseed, might have a lower risk of developing lung cancer than those who eat less.
  • Breast pain (mastalgia). In early research, eating a flaxseed muffin each day for 3 months reduced breast pain associated with the start of the menstrual cycle. The muffins each contained 25 grams of flaxseed.
  • Menopausal symptoms. It is not clear if flaxseed works for reducing symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes. Some research has found that it might modestly reduce symptoms. However, other studies show that it does not work any better than taking a sugar pill placebo. The difference in effectiveness might be due to the dose of flaxseed used.
  • Metabolic syndrome (a condition that increases risk for diabetes and heart disease). Evidence on the use of flaxseed for metabolic syndrome is inconsistent. Early research shows that taking flaxseed extract reduces the risk of metabolic syndrome. However, other research shows that taking flaxseed does not improve markers of metabolic syndrome in people also following lifestyle modifications compared to those who just follow lifestyle modifications.
  • Prostate cancer. Early research suggests that taking flaxseed and following a low-fat diet can lower prostate-specific antigen (PSA), a marker for prostate cancer, in men who have a precancerous prostate condition. However, in men who have prostate cancer, adding flaxseed to the diet does not lower PSA, but it does seem to lower levels of the hormone testosterone and slow the rate at which cancer cells multiply.
  • Weight loss. Research in young adults who are not obese suggests that taking flaxseed fiber before a meal might reduce appetite and food intake. However, other research suggests that taking 40 grams of flaxseed daily for 12 weeks does not reduce body weight or mass in obese adults.
  • Diverticulitis.
  • Stomach upset.
  • Bladder inflammation.
  • Skin irritation.
  • Attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) .
  • Other conditions.

Flaxseed is high in Phytoestrogens which can bind to estrogen receptors.  Because of this many feel that men should try and limit how much they consume.

No Evidence that Phytoestrogens (plant estrogen) cause any problem's in men.

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"The most studied phytoestrogens are soy isoflavones. An analysis of 15 controlled studies concluded that soy isoflavones, whether in foods or supplements, do not change testosterone levels in men (34).

Additionally, one study showed that taking 40 grams of isoflavone supplements per day for two months did not impair men's semen quality or volume (35)."

Does Fish Oil Cause Prostate Cancer? – Ask Dr. Weil (via DrWeil.com)

I was very upset to read about the study showing that fish oil raises the risk of aggressive prostate cancer. I've been taking omega-3 supplements for heart health but stopped when I heard the news about its effect on prostate cancer. What's your take on the study?

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Summary

Seattle study showing fish oil increases prostate cancer risk was flawed. Conculsion was based on a 2% difference in omega 3 in blood samples.

"The study found that the mean blood level of plasma phospholipid fatty acids were 4.66 percent in the men with prostate cancer and 4.48 percent in the healthy controls, a difference of not quite 0.2 percent. That’s a very small difference on which to base the suggestion, as these researchers did, that omega-3s “are involved in prostate tumorigenesis” and that those who recommend that men increase consumption of omega-3s “should consider its potential risks.”

Bottom line: this appears to be an unfortunate combination of questionable science, unwarranted conclusions, and dreadful media coverage. The well documented evidence for myriad benefits of high dietary intake of omega-3 fatty acids on both physical and mental health is very strong."  ---Dr. Weil

Are Phytoestrogens Harmful for Men? (via Healthline)

Phytoestogens are found in many plant foods. Some people believe these compounds may impair fertility in men, while others claim they are healthy. Read Full Article: Healthline

Summary

No Evidence that Phytoestrogens (plant estrogen) cause any problem's in men.

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"The most studied phytoestrogens are soy isoflavones. An analysis of 15 controlled studies concluded that soy isoflavones, whether in foods or supplements, do not change testosterone levels in men (34).

Additionally, one study showed that taking 40 grams of isoflavone supplements per day for two months did not impair men's semen quality or volume (35)."