Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Lycopene no use in prostate cancer prevention

Study breaks link between lycopene and prostate cancer prevention EurekAlert 5/17/07 "...According to the researchers, the study is one of the largest to evaluate the role of blood concentrations of lycopene and other carotenoid antioxidants in preventing prostate cancer. Study data were derived from over 28,000 men enrolled in the Prostate, Lung, Colorectal, and Ovarian (PLCO) Cancer Screening Trial..."It is disappointing, since lycopene might have offered a simple and inexpensive way to lower prostate cancer risk for men concerned about this common disease," said Ulrike Peters, Ph.D., M.P.H..."

What a shame. The first research years ago seemed to indicate lycopene had good prevention qualities. Later studies were inconclusive. Now the largest and most comprehensive study seems to indicate lycopene is of no help.

But just as lycopene possibly fades away... up pops the benefits of cruciferous vegetables in preventing prostate cancer. Remember the term isothiocyanates (ITCs). I think we'll be hearing much more on these in the future. Phenethyl-ITC, or PEITC is the specific ITC related to preventing and fighting prostate cancer.

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