Ein, just a brief comment on your post. I’m not a medical researcher and I don’t give “recommendations,” but I’ll give you the commonly available wisdom for PC…
If you want to use flaxseed, use the whole ground flaxseed and not the flaxseed oil. The whole flaxseed is an outstanding plant source of omega-3 fatty acids and lignans which produces phytoestrogens (protective against prostate cancer), and increases apoptosis (cancer cell death). A tablespoon of ground flaxseed per day is typical; but forego the oil. HERE’s a Mayo Clinic reference FYI.
Be careful of overdoing multivitamins. The problems seem to lie in some of constituent components; calcium, for example, in amounts exceeding 2000 mg daily have been associated in multiple studies with elevated risk of PC. Vitamin D is beneficial, but mega-dosing not under a doctor’s care can be bad for PC. Many PC specialists are recommending against multivitamins, and recommend taking a daily maintenance dose of Vit D instead.
I’ve seen absolutely no harms in pomegranate published…only benefits (in many areas, including PC).
What most doctors recommend, and what I personally try to follow, is to use supplements as supplements. Try hard to eat an intelligent, colorful diet. Reduce or eliminate animal fats (fatty red meats and high-fat diary, which both stimulate prostate cancer growth). Avoid transfats. Use olive oil instead of corn or canola oil. Increase fresh fish intake (avoid fried fish). Enjoy tomato products (high in lycopene), which includes pizza souce, tomato paste and ketchup. Increase fresh fruit, herb and vegetable consumption…think “color.” And lastly, enjoy a glass or red wine daily, or grape juice, or pomegranate juice.
I agree with the previously posted comments re: POMx. I've been taking 1000mg daily for the last year or so with no adverse side-effects. I also took 5000 IU of Vitamin D-3 daily until my Hydroxy D levels rose to within normal levels. The dosage has now been reduced to 5000 IU twice a week.
Again I agree with the previously posted comments re: Multivitamins. As an example, Centrum Ultra Men's Multivitamin supplement contains 150% of the daily allowance (45 IU) of Vitamin E which, if taken, would be diametrically opposed to my hormonal therapy goals of reducing testosterone, not encouraging its production. I'm sure this same situation applies to many of our forum members who, for instance, have been chemically castrated by Lupron and/ who are on a continuing hormonal therapy program.
BTW, Dr. "Snuffy" Meyers has consistently referred to Resveratrol as the single-most important supplement for men with PCa. On his recommendation, I have been taking 100 mg daily for the last year or so. Not sure if Resveratrol is offered at chain pharmacies, but it can be ordered online from Swanson.
Hope this helps,
Mitch in SC
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