PSA, or prostate specific antigen, is a substance that makes up part of the composition of semen. It is normal to have four nanograms of PSA in the blood. Anything higher can indicate prostate cancer. The PSA level in the blood not only is an indicator for risk of cancer but can also predict how well a man will respond to radiation and chemotherapy treatment for cancer of the prostate.
Eat pomegranates to increase your intake of antioxidants. Scientific research supports the fact that the natural antioxidants in pomegranate give it power to help prevent and even treat cancer. While pomegranate has been indicated for other types of cancer, the most promising research is with prostate cancer in men. Regular consumption of pomegranate juice can lower PSA levels in the body.
Add foods to your diet that are rich in vitamin D or take vitamin D supplements. Epidemiological studies propose that Vitamin D deficiency is associated with increased PSA levels in men. Vitamin D has been demonstrated to reduce the number of prostate cancer cells.
Control your weight. Biological markers for obesity and diabetes in Afro-American men often mask increased levels of PSA, which go hand in hand with diabetes. Weight control, although indirect, is a very important factor in reducing the level of PSA in this population.
Use herbal remedies. There are several herbal remedies aimed at reducing the levels of PSA. These include various doses and combinations of saw palmetto, nettle root, pygeum (a type of tree bark), garlic and rye pollen. Several of these have scientific evidence of reduction of PSA level.
Lower your cholesterol levels. High PSA levels in the United States are associated with high cholesterol in the diet, including consumption of red meat and unhealthy fat. Asian and Mediterranean nutrition appears to have PSA lowering benefits such as low-calorie, soy-based food, fruit, vegetables, seafood and heart healthy oils.