Men are generally very fearful of being hit with prostate cancer. The American Cancer Society notes that other than skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer which American men suffer from. Approximately one man in six will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime. Doctors Health Press reported on Sept. 30, 2013, "The Weird Thing That Fights Prostate Cancer."
There has been an increasing amount of attention focused on complementary and alternative treatments, partially because prostate cancer can often be a slow moving disease. Natural treatments which have been used or alone with Western drug therapies to attempt to treat prostate cancer better include antioxidants, pomegranate extract,turmeric, green tea, resveratrol, silibinin, and herbs.
Researchers from the University of Florida have suggested that a compound which is extracted from seaweed off the coast of Florida, may be a new line of defense against prostate cancer. The Florida research team has found that compounds in sea lettuce showed the best results from among a variety of seaweeds. Sea lettuce is a standard part of the Asian diet, where prostate cancer risk is significantly lower.
The antioxidant activities of sea lettuce help give it antitumor capabilities. Fruits have antioxidants which exert a similar anti-cancer effect via scavenging free radicals and eliminating them. Sea lettuce compounds have been found to increase levels of a whole group of antioxidant enzymes. These compounds also increase levels of antioxidants inside individual cells.
The researchers think that the antioxidant enzyme activity of sea lettuce makes it an excellent candidate for a natural cancer prevention supplement. This study confirms findings from many other studies linking the vital association between diet and cancer.