Pizza
Pizza

It is about time we look at preventive medicines. Some studies are coming out but it appears interesting though but that is it.

Pizza
Pizza

I know it may interest you because of the issue on pizza cutting down on men prostate cancer risk. Have you ever eaten pizza before? When was the last time you ate one? Today is Friday, are you going out to eat pizza? Why do you eat pizza? You eat for fun or you eating because of its benefits on men’s prostate health? Do you love pizza? If so, I would like to present you with the greatest health news of all time: eating pizza could help you to ward off prostate cancer. Yes, really.

Are you surprised? Don’t be! Who would ever have thought that a healthy man’s best friend might be the tomato?
In 2003, a study suggests that a compound in oregano called carvacrol can inhibit prostate cancer cells in a laboratory study. Oregano, as is thyme, is a very powerful plant with many protective properties including anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial.

Food heals, food kills and no wonder the father of medicines said, let your food be medicines and your medicines be your food. He was right, he saw it coming that our diet will kill us one day and that same diet could prevent us from lots of diseases. It would be a good idea to spice your life – literally. The medicine is in the kitchen cabinet. Some spices of all kinds are good to add to food. They are all protective. Especially; garlic, cloves, rosemary, turmeric , thyme and of course, oregano.

You may be wondering why pizza is good for men’s prostate health. What makes Pizza potentially toxic is the flour, cheese, sugar and oil ( which I am sure is not the best quality – if it were pizza would cost more). However, you can counteract that by adding broccoli, extra plain marinara (lycopene), garlic and oregano. Light on the cheese. This is how you can make a “bad food” better.

The pizza study provides another “vote” for the Mediterranean diet — which emphasizes having olive oil with most meals as well as abundant vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts, and cereals; some fish; a bit of wine every day; and less meat and dairy than the typical American diet.

But behold, the pizza has not been given its due. “Pizza is one of the best-known Italian foods, but there is limited information on the potential influence of pizza and cancer risk,” says Silvano Gallus, PhD, an epidemiologist at the Instituto di Ricerche Farmacologiche “Mario Negri,” in Milan, Italy. He is the lead researcher of the study, which is published in the International Journal of Cancer.

Forget pasta, forget antipasto, forget fabulous breads. Pizza showed the most cancer-prevention promise, he says. But don’t call Dominos just yet, he cautions: “Italian pizza is very different from other kinds of pizza. In Italy, for instance, they eat pizza from the pizzeria, where it is the main dish. It is very different from fast-food pizza.”

In their study, Gallus and colleagues sifted through diet surveys completed by 5,500 Italians — 598 cancer patients and 4,999 people without cancer

Pizza protective against cancer? “Take it with a grain of salt,” says Maria Yaramus, PharmD, clinical coordinator of integrative medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute. “There are so many styles of pizza, so many ways of making pizza, that I think it’s a bit presumptive to say it prevents cancer.”

But yes, Gallus’ study is indeed more evidence that a Mediterranean diet is a good idea. Lycopene in cooked tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, and tomato juice has been shown to slow the growth of breast, lung, and endometrial tumors and to reduce prostate, stomach, and pancreatic cancer risk.

Olive oil — rich in antioxidants and natural chemicals called lignans — has been linked with lower rates of cancer of the large bowel, breast, endometrium, and prostate, says Yaramus.

In fact, a “slew of research,” due to be published soon, shows the beneficial effects of fatty acids in preventing cancer and in slowing tumor growth — at least in animals, Yaramus says. She advises against substituting fish oil supplements for whole foods, such as salmon and other fatty fish

Among the 78-item checklist, three questions referred specifically to pizza — had they eaten less than one slice a month (considered non-eaters), one to three slices a month (occasional eaters), or a slice or more a week (regular eaters).

“We found that regular pizza eaters had 34% less risk of oral cavity and pharyngeal cancer, 59% less risk of esophageal cancer, and 25% less risk of colon cancer,” says Gallus. In this group of patients, pizza also reduced risk of rectal cancer and laryngeal cancer, although not significantly.

Refined carbohydrates such as bread and pasta have been directly associated with cancer of the upper digestive tract and colorectal cancer, he says.

Italian pizza is less than 50% crust, 20% tomato sauce, 20% mozzarella cheese, and 4% olive oil, says Gallus. There’s less refined carbohydrates, plus cooked tomatoes, which are a rich source of lycopene, a natural chemical that has been shown in numerous studies to protect against cancer.

“We think that there’s a specific compound in cooked tomatoes that is protective,” he tells WebMD. However, “tomato micronutrients remain difficult to identify.”

Also important: Italian pizza contains olive oil in the dough and on the pizza. The monounsaturated fats in olive oil are also considered protective against cancer.

Great question Glenn. Oregano oil is an excellent ant-fungal and anti-microbial substance. I would assume it has anti-cancer properties but this has not been looked at scientifically yet. It is also VERY VERY STRONG. Just a couple of drops can make you tear. So unless the goal is to treat candida (fungus) internally or nail fungus. I would say eat the spice – capsules are OK too.
As sometime you cannot predict what is in the commercial pizza, you can Make the pizza at home ,use whole wheat flour and tomato sauce without sugar or chop up some tomatoes and some sheep’s milk cheese with lots of Rosemary with a little olive oil.
Those that want to avoid wheat can use other flour like quinoa or brown rice flour. Organic tortilla can work as well.
But that’s not all. Science has already proved that eating pizza can cut the risk of cancer due to a special healthy substance that is found in tomato sauce. So have a pizza, make it as healthy as possible and enjoy it – GUILT FREE

So if you want to get all the health benefits, without the expanding waistline, how about learning to make your own pizza? You’ll get rid of the crazy amounts of salt and you’ll be able to cover it in tomato sauce, oregano and anything else that will keep your health up to scratch

Dr. Raphael Nyarkotey Obu is a registered Naturopathic doctor who specializes in prostate cancer. He studies the Master’s program in prostate cancer-Sheffield Hallam University, UK and currently a PhD candidate in prostate cancer and alternative medicines –IBAM Academy, Kolkata, India. The writer is also a trained Psychosocial Counselor from the Akona School of Counseling Ghana.

His research focuses on men of West African descent and prostate cancer and the dangme people. He can be reached on 0500106570 for all contributions. E-mail:[email protected] He is the director of Men’s Health Foundation Ghana; De Men’s Clinic & Prostate Research Lab-Dodowa,Akoo House

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