In 2013 a routine medical examination showed that I had an antigen score for my prostate that was at a level that required further monitoring.
A member of staff at an NHS hospital informed me that some patients had found that drinking green tea reduced their antigen score.
I avoided drinking green tea because I am allergic to salicylates, chemicals that are found in a variety of food and drinks. If I had begun to drink green tea it would have been advisable for me to give up driving.
I instead experimented with a number of supplements.
I began with Turmeric, which was recommended by a colleague with an Islamic Indian heritage. My antigen score was reduced.
I then added a number of other supplements to my diet – pomegranate juice,
pumpkin seed, tablets containing cruciferous vegetables ie cabbage and similar green vegetables, plus Lycopene tablets. Lycopene is basically the chemical that adds to the bright colouring to some fruits and vegetables, which are by co-incidence, limited in my diet through my reaction to salicylates.
After a period of five years I was informed by a medical professional that my antigen score was stable and that a longer period between consultations would now be appropriate.
I contacted Prostate Cancer UK to discuss the use of supplements. This resulted in the email which is enclosed, that basically states that the supplements that I been taking,- minus green tea but with the addition of pumpkin seed and Lypocene had been used in an experiment in the USA. Positive results were obtained for 63% of the participants in reducing their antigen score.
The charity also explained that they could not recommend these supplements because the evidence of their benefits was not sufficiently established scientifically.
I however believe that many men who face a shortened life span would find the above information as beneficial.