Supplements to Cure Prostate Cancer? Recent Medical News Says No.

Supplements to Cure Prostate Cancer

According to the latest medical news, there is no link between men’s health supplements and overall cure for prostate cancer.


Prostate cancer is an illness most common to male adults. This is the growth and spread of cancer cells in the prostate, a male reproductive gland. This often results to an enlargement of inflammation of the prostate. How widely spread are men’s supplements in the market? Dietary supplements are often labeled with words such as “men’s formula”, or “prostate health”. Some dietary supplements claim to reduce the risk of this disease or slow down the spreading of cancer cells.


Unfortunately, these are pills that are neither clinically tested nor suggested by specialists. A resident physician in radiation oncology at the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, Dr. Nicholas Zaorsky, conducted an experiment to confirm or belie the effectiveness of dietary supplements as a treatment of prostate cancer. The experiment was conducted to 2,200 men, aged thirty six years and older with localized prostate cancer. All were subjected to radiation treatment in years 2001-2002.


Roughly ten percent of them admitted to having taken dietary pills during the treatment even without their doctors knowing of it. The rest never took supplements throughout the treatment. The result? There were no differences between those who took supplements and those who did not, all other factors held constant. Other considerations like lifestyle and health habits make the difference in the survival of patients. Some are smokers, other are heavy drinkers, while others may have undesirable habits. These are the factors that determined the success or failure of their treatments. In short, dietary supplements did not help curing the cancer or preventing it from multiplying.


How are dietary supplements made? Mostly all of these pills have the same ingredient.  Supplements are ninety percent made of the component, Palmetto. Palmetto is an organic component from plants and is believed to be a cure for inflamed prostates. However, this claim is not yet clinically confirmed. The remaining ten percent are unidentified ingredients. They are either labeled as “other” or “trade secret enzyme”, according to the medical news today.


However, just when one thinks that everything is all for naught, Duffy MacKay, senior vice president of scientific and regulatory affairs for the Council for Responsible Nutrition differed. He argued that though there may be no link between these dietary supplements and lower risk of prostate cancer, the components of these pills have shown huge health benefits in a person’s health in general.


He even remarked that the experiment made was already biased with the sole intention to disprove the supplements’ effectiveness. There was no objective data to support the claim. He further added that none of these pills claim to cure illness, they are just supplements. He suggests that responsible nutrition promotes proper messaging so as not to mislead the patients. More importantly, patients should ask for advice from their doctors on what to use.


How do dietary supplements and conventional medicines differ? Dietary supplements are not subject to the same rigorous quality control that is done to regular medicines in the United States. Therefore it is more crucial to place the proper message in labels of supplements. Reality is that though both must be registered with the United States Food and Drug Administration, in terms of labeling, dietary supplements have higher tendency for exaggerations and false claims. Facilities involved in manufacturing dietary supplements must register with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, but manufacturers and distributors are on the honor system when it comes to the truth of labeling claims.


If it did not give any health benefit to prostate cancer cases, at least it did not cause any negative side effects, or so they thought. According to Dr. Stephen Freedland, director of the Center for Integrated Research in Cancer and Lifestyle at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, men’s supplements may also be dangerous. Patients, especially those who are not medical experts, are more likely to be deceived by exaggerated claims of these supplements. However, his findings are yet to be subjected to peer review.


Based on the recent medical news, no one could find the perfect way to have an optimal health for men. Experiments are still subject to constant inspection and regular verification. In the end, the most important ways to achieve the optimal health are proper diet, regular exercise, and overall healthy living. Take everything in moderation. Avoid unhealthy practices. Do not skip meals. Do not cheat sleep. After all, prevention is always better than cure, is it not?