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Keeping the Prostate Healthy
Keeping the prostate healthy is extremely important. We have compiled a list of things one can do to maintain proper prostate health.
- Your doctor is right - remove or reduce stress.
- Maintain a healthy weight and Body Mass Index. You can do so by exercising regularly. That way you would be able to control your hormone, weight and reduce activity of the sympathetic nervous system, easing the severity of urinary symptoms.
- Exercise the pelvic floor muscles to control urination.
- You may want to consider herbal supplements such as Pumpkin seed or Nettle Root.
- Watch your cholesterol levels.
- Ensure that you go to your doctor and do regular check-ups.
- Increase food sources of zinc, essential fatty acids, selenium and lycopene - all crucial for male reproductive health.
- Maintain a healthy intake of garlic and onions and avoid stimulating drinks like coffee, tea and alcohol
And since we are on the topic of food and drink, here are some foods that help to improve prostate health.
Bell peppers contain a high level of Vitamin C and may help to reduce the swelling and inflammation associated with an enlarged prostate.
Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant carotenoid that helps to lower blood levels of antigen, a protein connected to prostate inflammation and BPH and the great news is that the brilliant red colour of tomatoes comes from lycopene.
Studies have shown that those with a diet high in garlic can reduce the risk of BPH and relieve urinary tract infections commonly associated with an enlarged prostate. This is due to alliums, protective substances found in things like garlic and onions.
Sulforaphane appears to target and kill cancer cells while leaving healthy cells undamaged. This can be found in cruciferous vegetables such as cauliflower, cabbage and kale. Sulforaphane, known as the best phytochemical inducer of phase-2 enzymes, helps to fight carcinogens and may reduce the risk of prostate cancer.
One of the best sources of zinc, these seeds can help those who suffer from an enlarged prostate and have low zinc levels. Studies have shown low levels of zinc in the majority of those with prostatitis. After increasing their zinc intake, the size of the prostate decreased in the majority of cases.
High in vitamin E and selenium, Brazil nuts have been deemed the anti-cancer superfood. One can maintain healthy cell membranes with vitamin E while with selenium, one can boost testosterone levels, improve sperm quality and motility, and strengthen the immune system against infections. One can get enough vitamins and minerals to maintain prostate health by eating two to four raw nuts per day.
Omega 3 fatty acids have been shown to reduce inflammation and these can be found in oily fish such as salmon, sardines, mackerel and herring. A recent study has shown that diets rich in omega 3 helped to prevent the growth and spread of prostate cancer cells, and suggested that deficiency may be a contributing factor to prostate problems.
Men should avoid:
o Red and processed meat
o Saturated fats
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