Do you get enough fiber in your diet?
But a recent study published in the journal, Cancer Prevention Research, found in mice models, a diet high in fiber can actually slow the progression of prostate cancer.
The article, first published in December 2012, highlights the ability of a specific compound found in fiber called IP6 to prevent the progression of prostate cancer in mice.
IP6 is found in high-fiber diets, and it was found that it prevented new blood vessels from being formed. No new blood vessels meant the prostate cancer couldn’t get the energy it needed to spread.
Cancer researchers think the study in mouse models may translate into suppressing growth and progression in humans.
The benefits of fiber go beyond prostate cancer, however. Studies have also shown fiber to be linked to lower risk for colon and rectal cancers.
How to Get More Fiber in Your DietHere are some tips for adding more fiber to your diet.
- Add more fiber gradually, a week or two at a time. Adding fiber too quickly can cause gastrointestinal symptoms like bloating and gas.
- Spread out your fiber intake throughout the day rather than loading up in one sitting.
- Eat whole fruits instead of juice.
- Use beans as a source of both fiber and protein.
- Make all of your grains whole grains. Look for cereals with at least 5 grams of fiber per serving and breads and crackers with at least 3 grams of fiber per serving.