(© 7 February, 2012: Dr. V.M.Palaniappan, Ph.D.)
I read the following news: Dietary amounts of certain foods, vitamins, and minerals can contribute to prostate cancer risk
(Gann and Giovannuchi, 2006).
Although the above statement appears to be a generalised one, there is some truth in it.
Eating LESSER quantities of calcium-RICH foods would give the person, mediocre quantities of calcium.
Eating medium quantities of the same calcium-rich food would end up giving the person too much of calcium.
Eating too much of the calcium-rich diet would give too much of calcium to the consumer.
If a person happens to eat FAR TOO MUCH of even the mediocre calcium containing food, he / she would end up with plenty of calcium within his/her body.
However, consuming far too much of VERY LOW-CALCIUM containing food may not do any harm to the consumer, especially when it comes to the prostate gland problems.
Let us evaluate the following findings by Schulman and his colleagues (2001):
Lower blood levels of vitamin-D also may increase the risk for prostate cancer
This tends to happen because, the Prostate gland itself scavenges and absorbs the freely available calcium for making up the seminal fluid.
If the semen thus formed does not get ejaculated out of the body, then, the calcium tends to get absorbed by the soft cells of the gland itself, thus giving rise to an enlargement of the structure. If the process continues , it may end up as cancer.
This tends to imply that having frequent sex / frequent ejaculation may be good for men, especially for the prevention of prostate enlargement and prostate cancer.
If the person who consumes far too much of calcium happens to somehow have equally plenty of vitamin-D, then, most of such calcium may end up in the bones, and therefore, they may not do any harm to the prostate gland as such.