The Healing Power of Red

In the UK, about 1 in 8 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. King Charles is the most recent and high profile public figure to have declared his battle with the disease and treatment.

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The Healing Power of Red

In the UK, about 1 in 8 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime.  King Charles is the most recent and high profile public figure to have declared his battle with the disease and treatment.  Whether someone is more likely to get it is commonly related to age (it mainly affects men aged 50 or over), having a family history of prostate cancer, being of black ethnicity, carrying too much weight, smoking or drinking alcohol and having inflammation in the body.  You may also have a higher risk of prostate cancer if your mother or your sister has had breast cancer.

Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in men in the UK and the second most common cause of cancer death in males in the UK after lung cancer (NICE, 2021b).  Each year in the UK about 47,600 people are diagnosed with prostate cancer and about 11,600 die from the disease (PHE 2020).  With such alarming statistics, effective preventive measures for prostate cancer are crucial. One such area of interest is the relationship between prostate cancer and lycopene, a naturally occurring compound found predominantly in tomatoes and other red fruits and vegetables.

Lycopene is a carotenoid pigment that gives fruits and vegetables their vibrant red or pink colour. It is a potent antioxidant that has the ability to neutralise harmful free radicals in the body, thereby reducing oxidative stress and cellular damage. Numerous studies have been conducted to evaluate the potential role of lycopene in the prevention and management of prostate cancer.

In a study conducted by Giovannucci et al. (1995), it was found that men with the highest intake of lycopene had a significantly lower risk of developing prostate cancer compared to those with the lowest intake. This observation has been supported by similar studies.

Mechanistically, lycopene has been shown to regulate several cellular processes that contribute to prostate cancer progression. It has been found to inhibit the growth of prostate cancer cells, induce apoptosis (programmed cell death), and inhibit angiogenesis (formation of new blood vessels that feed tumors). Lycopene has also been shown to modulate signaling pathways involved in inflammation, oxidative stress, and hormonal regulation, all of which play crucial roles in prostate cancer development and progression.

As well as its preventive potential, emerging evidence suggests that lycopene may also have a role in the treatment of prostate cancer. Clinical trials have investigated the use of lycopene supplements, either alone or in combination with other therapies, for prostate cancer patients. Although results are preliminary, some studies have reported favourable outcomes such as reduced tumour size, decreased PSA levels (prostate-specific antigent – a marker for prostate cancer), and improved overall survival in patients receiving lycopene supplementation.

Despite the promising findings, it is important to note that more research is needed to fully understand the potential benefits of lycopene in the prevention and treatment of prostate cancer. Many studies conducted thus far have relied on self-reported dietary intake or serum levels of lycopene, which may not accurately reflect true lycopene status. Additionally, variations in study design, sample sizes, and duration make it challenging to draw definitive conclusions.

Nevertheless, incorporating lycopene-rich foods into one’s diet can have potential health benefits beyond just prostate cancer prevention. Tomatoes, watermelon, guava, and pink grapefruit are among the best food sources of lycopene. Cooking tomatoes or processing them into sauces, juices, or soups increases the bioavailability of lycopene, as the compound is released from the cell matrix and becomes more easily absorbed by the body.

For men approaching the age of 45 and those with raised PSA levels but not yet on the pathway for cancer or within the risk group, there are preventative therapies and treatments that can be undertaken at Optimal Health.  We offer an Optimal Health Assessment which combines a comprehensive health questionnaire, consultation, and our state-of-the-art diagnostic technology which evaluates the body at a cellular level to identify the root causes of health issues. The OHA is non-invasive, painless and does not require blood to be taken. 

Depending on the results of the OHA, there are a number of treatments and therapies on offer, including nutrition and lifestyle support such as Rapid Transformational Therapy (RTT) for those who wish to give up smoking and to reduce their alcohol intake, weight management and nutrition, or body realignment to help clients get back into physical activity.  Coupled with this we can refer to our Oligoscan technology to measure the bioavailability of trace elements, key mineral ratios, heavy metal levels and mobilisation of those metals and overall oxidative stress. 

To challenge conditions such as toxicity in the body, compromised immune systems and to ease pain, amongst others, we use Biophoton Therapy to treat the overproduction of microorganisms that cause an altered immune response, and the CellSonic which resets cells at a voltage level so that most chronic conditions can be moved towards self-healing and regulation more quickly. The sonic energy from CellSonic therapy cleans up, harmonises, and reboots the cells by breaking down and dispersing toxicity. 

Should clients require further blood testing, our clinicians are able to refer. 

If you would like to know more about the treatments and therapies that we offer at Optimal Health, please email our Client Care Team careteam@optimal-healthgroup.com or call 0330 223 6553.

We encourage our clients to be screened for prostate cancer early.  For further information regarding prostate cancer, please refer to Prostate Cancer UK | Prostate Cancer UK.

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