What is PSA?
PSA stands for prostate-specific antigen. It is found in both normal and malignant cells of the prostate gland.
The PSA test tests for levels of PSA in the blood. An elevated PSA level can be an indication that something is not quite right in the prostate. This could be inflammation of the prostate (prostatitis), prostate cancer or an enlarged prostate. Typically, a lower PSA reading is indicative of a healthy prostate.
Should you even get tested? That is up for debate, even at Harvard. Read more and you will see why I wouldn’t even bother with the PSA blood test.
What health conditions are linked to raised PSA levels?
- Prostate cancer
- Benign prostatic hyperplasia
- Prostatitis (inflammation or infection)
How can you lower elevated PSA levels?
The goal is lower inflammation levels, boost antioxidant status, increase micronutrient intake and get more physical activity in order to protect the prostate, its cells and their functions.
Our methods work. Well, really Mother Nature’s methods. Although I am not a big fan of PSA testing, it is included on our men’s health blood panel. I LOVE to see levels drop over a 3-6 month period when men follow the plan.
- 1. Eat an organic Paleo diet
- The Paleo diet is rich in antioxidants and key compounds to lower inflammation. Eating a diet with a variety of vegetables and fruits has been shown to be protective against prostate conditions. Lycopene, found in carrots, tomatoes and other vegetables, protects against a hormone called dihydrotestosterone, or DHT, which can promote abnormal cell growth and inflammation in the cells. Phytonutrient-rich fruits and vegetables are key to keeping PSA levels down. Use lots of spices that lower inflammation as well. Turmeric is great for prostate health.
- 2. Get sunshine
- When you get into the sunlight, the sun’s rays concert the cholesterol in your skin into vitamin D. Vitamin D is imperative to cellular function and preventing any type of cancer. Research has shown that those low in vitamin D are at an increased risk of prostate cancer (Source). Other studies have shown that increased levels of vitamin D are associated with significantly lower PSA levels (Source). There are many health benefits associated with sunshine.
- 3. Daily Defense is a great option to add into your morning routine
- Daily Defense is your daily “milkshake”. Ingredients are proven to reduce inflammation and aid in detoxifying the body, both important factors needed to lower PSA levels.
- Additionally, Daily Defense is rich in vitamin B6, zinc and essential amino acids that aid in prostate health and normalizing prostate hormones.
- Lastly, it contains sulforaphane, a constituent of cruciferous vegetables and an important antioxidant for prostate health. Research has shown that in prostate cancer patients, sulforaphane has been shown to lead to significant reductions in PSA levels (Source).
- Take two scoops daily and mix in water.
- 4. Move your body more
- A study looked at 1,958 healthy males and evaluated their PSA levels. The study found that PSA levels were significantly higher in the group that did not engage in regular exercise (Source). Get active outdoors.
- 5. Get Awake from Pollution
- 6. See your chiropractor
- The brain is connected to your prostate through the autonomic nervous system (ANS). The ANS is the area of expertise of the Doctor of Chiropractic. Get under care and reap the benefits.
Bonus- Try taking Berberine
- Berberine is a chemical compound in plants that has a multitude of health benefits. It lowers inflammation and provides antioxidant support. A study published in 2018 showed that Berberine was effective at significantly reducing PSA levels (Source). Also works for BPH, benign prostatic hypertrophy.
- Take two caps twice a day, or as directed by your physician. Read more about berberine here.