The Texas Grapefruit and Prostate Cancer
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A flavonoid is an organic compound found in citrus fruits, like oranges and grapefruits, and vegetables. There are particularly high concentrations of a flavonoid called Naringenin in Texas grapefruit. Why is this important? Well, studies have shown that this particular flavonoid works as an antioxidant and helps repair the damaged DNA of prostate cancer cells.
According to recent numbers, prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer for American men. It is also the second deadliest after lung cancer. The statistics are quite sobering. One out of every six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer at point in his life. And one out of every 35 men will succumb to the disease.
One of the most frightening things about prostate cancer is that there are seldom any symptoms associated with the disease. As a result, most cases are discovered during routine physical examinations and they come as a complete surprise to the patient.
For these reasons and many more, all American men over the age of fifty should have a prostate exam at least once a year. But in the meantime, natural prevention is the best way to reduce the risks of this deadly and increasingly prevalent disease.
Now, the Texas grapefruit is certainly no panacea, but studies have shown that it can reduce the risk of prostate cancer, which is why doctors recommend them to high-risk patients. Like most cancers, the risks increase with age, since the disease can only occur as a result of mutations during normal cell division.
The body's only real defense against these mutations is DNA repair, which can be aided by certain antioxidants, like the ones found in citrus fruits and grapefruits including Naringenin. Specifically, Naringenin helps repair damaged DNA by encouraging the release of certain enzymes that are known to help restore DNA during replication.
As with most studies, the result were inconclusive and there was no final number or estimate to tell us just how effective grapefruits are at reducing the risk of prostate cancer. However, we can tell you that flavonoids are not readily absorbed by the GI tract (gastrointestinal tract). Only about five percent of all flavonoids in the foods we eat are absorbed, which means that you'd have to eat an awful lot of Texas grapefruit for it to have an effect.
But that doesn't mean Texas grapefruit is useless. After all, prostate is one of the slowest growing cancers; it can be several years before it can be detected by an experienced physician. In the meantime, a Texas grapefruit a day may just lower your risk a bit and keep you from becoming another statistic.