Natural Treatments For Prostate Cancer... Selenium Blows Cancer Away!

Some incredible and life-saving information on natural treatments for prostate cancer and selenium supplementation have now been released. Here's why this mineral is considered to be the "ultimate" in natural prostate remedies... 

Article by Troy Sawyer (Certified Holistic Nutritionist, Health & Wellness Coach, Sports Nutritionist)

Updated April 16, 2024 -- This post contains affiliate links  

Back in the 1990’s, Dr Larry Clarke performed the now famous study on selenium and cancer. What he discovered in regards to selenium and prostate cancer shocked the cancer world beyond belief!

Two thirds of the participants in Dr Clarke's study were men and he found that by males simply taking 200 micrograms a day of selenium they could reduce their risk of prostate cancer by an astonishing 63%. 1

Not a bad effort?

And as a result of separate studies carried out on selenium and cancer, the British Medical Journal came out and said the use of selenium supplements on patients could easily cut cancer rates by over half!

How Does Selenium Prevent and Treat Prostate Cancer?

For preventing cancer, selenium's real power lies in its ability to stop pre-cancerous cells from ever being able to grow and replicate. So, according to acclaimed cancer expert, Dr. James Howenstine… "it helps stop cancer before it even gets started". For treating cancer (including prostate cancer) selenium is able to render cancerous cells "inactive" so they cannot continue to grow and reproduce as well.

So when it comes to selenium and cancer, you get the best of both worlds! 

These findings are extremely significant as prostate cancer is now the biggest killer in men today. Of course, prevention is always better than the cure so being able to prevent prostate cancer from developing in the first place (by taking some supplemental selenium) is such a simple step that all men, regardless of age, can easily do.  

But Wait... There's More!

So the fact that selenium can prevent and treat prostate cancer is great news, but what if you have advanced prostate cancer? Can selenium still be of benefit to you?

Well, further studies have been able to show that selenium supplementation can help slow, and even reverse, the progression of advanced prostate cancer (stage 4). And researchers have also discovered that the powerful healing effects of selenium are further enhanced when it's combined with vitamin E, vitamin C and beta carotene! 

The fact is, Western soils are now extremely deficient (almost dead actually) in selenium, so supplementation is an absolute  "must". Japanese soils, on the other hand, are still relatively rich. This is one of the reasons why five times as many American men die of prostate cancer each year compared to Japanese men.

The "Experts" Praise Selenium...

To finish off, and for extra validation and proof, here's some terrific quotes from some of the world’s most highly regarded natural health authors on the powerful benefits of selenium, vitamin E, vitamin C and beta-carotene for preventing and treating prostate cancer.

They're certainly worth taking the time to read…

"Men with higher intakes of antioxidants such as vitamin C, vitamin E, and the trace mineral selenium have lower levels of prostate cancer."

- Alternative Cures by Bill Gottlieb (available from

"The patients receiving selenium had a 67% decrease in cancer of the prostate, a 58% decrease in colon or rectal cancer and a 45% decrease in lung cancer. This suggests that possibly up to 100,000 lives a year might be saved in the USA by the simple addition of selenium to the diet."

A Physicians Guide To Natural Health Products That Work by James Howenstine MD (available from

"But what if you already have cancer? Again, the research shows a prolongation of lifespan with proper supplementation. In a study in Cancer Letters (Evangelou et al. 1997), animals with malignant tumors given high doses of vitamins C, E and selenium manifested a significant prolongation of the mean survival time. Complete remission of tumors developed in 16.8% of the animals."

Disease Prevention And Treatment by Life Extension Foundation (available from

"A powerful antioxidant “selenium is a crucial mineral in the battle against prostate cancer”, says Dr. Schachter. In one study of hundreds of men, a daily intake of 200 micrograms of selenium cut the incidence of prostate cancer by 60 percent."

Alternative Cures by Bill Gottlieb (available from

"The garlic connection. It has long been noted that people who ate garlic, onion, broccoli, and whole grains had a reduced risk of cancer. It turns out that all of these foods are rich in selenium, in fact, selenium is one of the reasons that these particular foods are so healthful for us."

Antioxidants Against Cancer by Ralph W Moss PhD (available from

"One good food source is Brazil nuts, which happen also to contain at least one other anticancer substance, ellagic acid. One large nut can provide over 50 mcg of selenium. When Cornell scientist Donald J. Lisk and his colleagues ate six Brazil nuts a day for three weeks, their blood levels of selenium rose between 100 and 350 percent."

Cancer Therapy by Ralph W Moss PhD (available from

"In parts of Europe, pumpkin seeds are the standard treatment for benign prostate enlargement. The seeds are rich in zinc, selenium and other minerals that have been shown to reduce prostate cancer risk. Typical daily dosage: Eat one-quarter cup of the seeds."

Bottom Line Yearbook 2002 by Bottom Line Personnel

"Moderate doses of zinc, beta-carotene, selenium and vitamin E are safe and inexpensive. I believe these results are valuable and are an accurate reflection of what antioxidants can do. The finding that two terrible cancers could be prevented by a few pennies worth of supplements received little attention in the mainstream media."

Antioxidants Against Cancer by Ralph W Moss PhD (available from

"While everyone needs selenium on an everyday basis, there are certain situations in which the human need for selenium may be increased, or in which additional selenium may be helpful in the treatment of disease. If you are a male, your selenium needs are greater than if you’re a female. If you suffer from heart disease or muscular disorders, additional selenium may help you. The same can be said if you suffer from cataracts, diabetes, cystic fibrosis, liver necrosis, iron deficiency anemia, joint problems, heavy metal poisoning or cancer."

Complete Guide Health Nutrition by Gary Null (available from

"Some scientists still do not accept the need for selenium supplements and argue against its protective effect against cancer and other diseases. Others endorse the value of moderate amounts of selenium added to the diet. In the laboratory, selenium has shown a wide range of anticancer effects."

Cancer Therapy by Ralph W Moss PhD (available from

All quotes are sourced and available from this link mineral selenium proves itself as anti-cancer medicine

So, as far as natural prostate remedies and treatments go, selenium definitely needs to be at the top of your list. Just be sure to check out our "where to get your cancer fighting nutrients from" section here to find the best food and supplemental sources of selenium for yourself.

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