Natural Healing: Plant Fat Offers Prostate Protection

Eating plant fat, called phytosterols, may reduce the risk of developing prostate cancer.

| March/April 2000

Now there’s another reason to eat your veggies: for their fat. A recent animal study suggests that plant fats, called phytosterols, may reduce the risk of developing prostate cancer.

Researchers at the University of Buffalo took a look at phytosterols’ role in the development of certain hormone-dependent cancers, such as prostate cancer. The study, published in the December 1998 Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, found that phytosterols may influence testosterone metabolism in rat liver, testes, and prostate tissue. By reducing high levels of testosterone and other enzymes, phytosterols may reduce the risk of prostate cancer.

The study also found that rats fed a phytosterol-rich diet over twenty-two days had a 33 percent reduction of testosterone in their bloodstream. The enzymes 5-a reductase and aromatase, known for their role in the development of prostate cancer, were reduced by 44 percent and 55 percent, respectively.

The research, according to this study, may explain why vegetarians and Asian men, who typically consume little meat, have a lower rate of hormone-dependent cancers.

Awad, A. B., et al. “Phytosterol feeding induces alteration in testosterone metabolism in rat tissues.” Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry December 1998, 9:712–717.

Subscribe today and save 58%

Subscribe to Mother Earth Living !

Mother Earth LivingWelcome to Mother Earth Living, the authority on green lifestyle and design. Each issue of Mother Earth Living features advice to create naturally healthy and nontoxic homes for yourself and your loved ones. With Mother Earth Living by your side, you’ll discover all the best and latest information you want on choosing natural remedies and practicing preventive medicine; cooking with a nutritious and whole-food focus; creating a nontoxic home; and gardening for food, wellness and enjoyment. Subscribe to Mother Earth Living today to get inspired on the art of living wisely and living well.

Save Money & a Few Trees!

Pay now with a credit card and take advantage of our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. You’ll save an additional $5 and get six issues of Mother Earth Living for just $19.95! (Offer valid only in the U.S.)

Or, choose Bill Me and pay just $24.95.

Facebook Pinterest Instagram YouTube Twitter

Free Product Information Classifieds