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How to Juice for Prostate Health

by
author image Jill Corleone, RDN, LD
Jill Corleone is a registered dietitian and health coach who has been writing and lecturing on diet and health for more than 15 years. Her work has been featured on the Huffington Post, Diabetes Self-Management and in the book "Noninvasive Mechanical Ventilation," edited by John R. Bach, M.D. Corleone holds a Bachelor of Science in nutrition.
How to Juice for Prostate Health
Juice carotenoid-rich fruits and veggies such as carrots and tomatoes. Photo Credit Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images

Eating more fruits and vegetables may improve your overall health and reduce your risk of prostate problems, namely prostate cancer, one of the leading cancers in men, according to the American Cancer Society. If you have a hard time eating your fruits and vegetables, juicing may be an option.

Pick Nutrient-Rich Fruits and Veggies

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics says you should aim to eat 2 1/2 cups of vegetables and 2 cups of fruits a day to help keep your prostate healthy. Try to include brightly colored options to get the most nutrients. Fruits and veggies that are dark green, orange or red tend to contain high amounts of carotenoids, which are nutrients especially beneficial to prostate health by preventing prostate cancer. Good juicing options include carrots, tomatoes, kale, dandelion greens, papaya, oranges, grapefruit and berries.

Create Tasty Combos

You can create a variety of tasty juice combinations using the nutrient-rich choices. For example, you can juice carrots, celery, kale and apple to up your carotenoid intake. Tomatoes juiced with cucumbers, spinach and a touch of ginger also makes a tasty concoction. Tomatoes are a rich source of lycopene. Men who consume more lycopene have lower rates of prostate cancer, according to the Linus Pauling Institute. Another tasty and healthy juice combo for prostate health might include papaya, oranges and carrot.

Juicing Tips

In addition to being a concentrated source of vitamins and minerals, fresh juice is also a concentrated source of sugar. To keep a lid on your sugar intake, make low-sugar vegetables, such as leafy greens, cucumbers, tomatoes and celery, the highlight of your fresh juice and add a small amount of fruit for sweetness. Also, wash your fresh vegetables and fruits thoroughly before juicing to reduce risk of bacterial contamination, and only juice the amount you plan to drink.

Eat Your Fruits and Veggies, Too

Fresh juice can certainly help up your intake of the vitamins and minerals you need to keep your prostate healthy, but you're missing out on the fiber, which is also important for prostate health. Limit your fresh juice to 8 ounces a day, and get the rest of your fruits in veggies in whole food form. The University of California, San Francisco reports that getting more fiber from whole foods not only reduces your risk of prostate cancer, but may also slow progression.

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