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6 prostate cancer-fighting foods to eat this Movember

November 18, 2014

You may see more men with mustaches this month. They could just be growing it to prepare for the colder weather, but they're most likely participating in the "Movember" movement, an organization which works to create awareness around prostate and testicular cancer, as well as other men's health concerns.

However, with regular doctor's visits and a healthy diet and lifestyle, men can reduce their risk of developing these health issues. Try incorporating more of these foods into your diet to ward off the disease and maintain your good health.

1. Tomatoes
If you need another reason to indulge on pasta, here's one: tomatoes are known to provide major health benefits, thanks to their vitamins and antioxidants. They can help control blood glucose levels, flush out toxins and more. For a low-carb alternative to pasta, try a classic antipasto. Cut up fresh tomatoes, mozzarella and a few leaves of basil and drizzle some olive oil on top. It's the perfect light snack to hold you over between meals and arm you with healthy nutrients.

2. Broccoli
A versatile vegetable, broccoli can be grilled, steamed, cooked or eaten raw to provide people with its many health benefits. In addition to its numerous vitamins, it also contains sulforaphane, a substance that a 2010 University of Michigan study found inhibits cancer stem cells. The vegetable can also help reverse heart damage and protect against osteoarthritis, noted Medical News Today. Add some to any dinner for a healthy side dish.

3. Mixed berries
Mixed berries are loaded with antioxidants that can help flush out toxins from your body and reduce your risk of many serious health conditions. Whether you prefer blackberries, raspberries or strawberries, the benefits are immense. Try a sweet fruit smoothie by combining all of these berries, low-fat yogurt and orange juice in a blender. Once smooth, pour evenly into cups and share the healthy treat with your guests.

4. Fish
The omega-3s that exist in oily fish are believed to provide numerous health benefits for the mind and heart, and are also helpful in reducing your risk of cancer, noted the American Cancer Society. Turn to tasty fish like salmon, tuna and lake trout for the best sources of the fatty acids. For those who don't prefer the taste of fish but still want to reap the health benefits, simply take a fish oil supplement. 

5. Sunflower seeds
Don't let the size of these seeds fool you into thinking their benefits are few and far between. Loaded with zinc, sunflower seeds can help speed up your body's natural healing abilities and also allow vitamin C to do its job, explained CANCERactive. Sprinkle a handful on top of your salad to promote healthy aging and amp up the nutrients in your meal.

6. Walnuts
This Thanksgiving, keep a bowl of nuts for guests to snack on while they wait for the main course, and be sure to include a large portion of walnuts. They contain phytosterols, which aid in reducing the growth of cancer cells, Elaine Hardman, Ph.D., associate professor at Marshall University, told The nuts also provide benefits for your heart and mind, and can even help in the management of diabetes. If guests don't necessarily enjoy eating them plain, try sprinkling a handful on top of dessert. They go especially well with ice cream and most pies - tasty staples of all Thanksgiving Day meals!