PSA (prostate specific antigen) is a substance that is found in healthy adult males. PSA makes up part of the composition of semen. Most men have approximately four nanograms of PSA in their blood, which is a healthy amount. Higher levels of PSA are indicative of prostate cancer. In addition to being an indicator of cancer, the levels of PSA in the blood are an indicator of how well a man will respond to chemotherapy and radiation therapy for the treatment of prostate cancer. Men with elevated levels of PSA can benefit from a few simple steps to lower their PSA levels to a healthier level.
Consume adequate amounts of vitamin D. An adequate amount of vitamin D for men ages 18 to 50 is 5 IU, for men ages 51 to 70 is 10 IU and for men 71 and older is 15 IU.
Eat food rich in antioxidants, such as pomegranates. If you do not like pomegranates, try some pomegranate juice mixed with another drink that you enjoy, such as orange juice.
Use saw palmetto, nettle root, pygeum, garlic and rye pollen in your cooking. These herbs can assist in reducing PSA levels.
Maintain healthy cholesterol levels. Elevated cholesterol levels have been linked to elevated PSA levels. Avoid foods high in cholesterol in order to reduce elevated cholesterol levels.
Consult your physician before dramatically changing your diet.
Tips and warnings
- Consult your physician before dramatically changing your diet.