Consuming Certain Plants Increases Risk of a Man Developing Advanced Prostate Cancer, Study Finds

Consuming Certain Plants Increases Risk of a Man Developing Advanced Prostate Cancer, Study Finds
A diet rich in soybeans, flaxseed, green tea, strawberries and other plants doubles a man's risk of developing an aggressive form of prostate cancer, a study indicates. Researchers found no link between the foods — which nutritionists consider healthy — and the development of non-aggressive forms of the cancer. The Indiana University study, which appeared in the International Journal of Cancer, was titled “Dietary intake of isoflavones and coumestrol and the risk of prostate cancer in the Prostate, Lung, Colorectal and Ovarian Cancer Screening Trial.” It covered three categories of plant-derived compounds called phytoestrogens that have properties similar to those in the female hormone estrogen. One category is Isoflavones, which includes compounds such as genistein, daidzein, glycitein, formononetin, and biochanin A. They are mainly found in soybeans, kudzu root, and American groundnuts. A second category is lignins, which includes the compounds matairesinol and seco-isolariciresinol. They are found in flaxseed, green tea, and strawberries. The third category of compounds, coumestans, is found in legumes, clover, and soybean sprouts. Previous studies have suggested that consuming phytoestrogens could increase the risk of a woman  developing certain types of cancer — breast cancer, for example. Phytoestrogens have a chemical struc
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