A recent National Cancer Institute sponsored study has challenged the notion that increased lycopene consumption can prevent prostate cancer. But on closer analysis of the data, that conclusion is hardly written in stone. A wealth of other research shows that this valuable nutrient, found abundantly in tomatoes, can lower blood pressure, reduce cardiac events, and even protect against sunburn.
Aaron Katz, MD, and his colleagues at the Center for Holistic Urology at New York's Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, are studying a number of herbal medicines and nutraceuticals with potential to improve men's urogenital health. They are particularly excited about Zyflamend, a new herbal combination containing turmeric, ginger, holy basil, and others, that appears to inhibits prostate cancer cell growth and reduces inflammation.
PC-SPES, a supplement advertised as a botanical medicine for prostate problems, was wildly popular among men with prostate cancer, largely because it seemed to work when pharmaceutical options did not. PC-SPES turned out to contain DES and warfarin, and was pulled from the market by California authorities, triggering outrage in the prostate cancer community.