In men with early stage prostate cancer, studies show that eggs promote the growth and spread of the disease. Research suggests that choline (a substance found in eggs, poultry, and meat) promotes prostate cancer.
Eggs increase the risk of lethal prostate cancer
Researchers at Harvard studied the connection between egg consumption and lethal prostate cancer. The findings are published in an article entitled, Choline Intake and the Risk of Lethal Prostate Cancer: Incidence and Survival. The study showed that those consuming the highest amount of choline had a 70% increased risk of lethal prostate cancer.
Another study showed that a group of men who ate 2.5 eggs per week had an 81% increased risk of lethal prostate cancer compare to the men who ate fewer than 0.5 eggs per week.
Common Sources of Dietary Choline
Eggs are not the only choline-rich food associated with cancer and chronic disease. Dietary choline is also found in poultry, red meat, fish, and liver.
Gut bacteria convert dietary choline to trimethylamine. The liver converts trimethylamine to trimethylamine oxide (TMAO). TMAO is the compound associated with the increased risk of various cancers and other chronic diseases, such as heart disease.
The Impact of Dietary Choline
Choline intake plays a key role in the progression of early stage prostate cancer and other diseases. Dietary modifications can significantly reduce the spread of cancer and improve the rate of survival.
Carla Hightower, MD, MBA is a physician, health coach, workplace wellness consultant, and speaker. She helps people heal themselves with food. Through wellness workshops and courses, she helps companies create healthy, energetic teams.
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