Prostate cancer is common in men over the age of 50. As of 2002, there were almost 120 cases per 100,000 men in the United States, and that number increases considerably when prostate enlargement is included. Aside from leading to life-threatening prostate cancer, prostate enlargement can cause every day disturbances in urination and sexual activity, causing considerable physical and emotional discomfort. Just because you’re 25 doesn’t mean it isn’t time to start thinking about your prostate health. The food and lifestyle choices you make today can protect you from this common disease. Below is a list of some measures you can take towards natural prostate care.
Though genetics play a major role in your likeliness of developing prostate problems, diet is also closely linked with prostate health. Since obesity increases the chances of prostate cancer by 50%, experts recommend adopting a heart-healthy diet, which includes:
Increasing organic fruits and vegetables
Vegetables support prostate health with high levels of inflammation-fighting antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, polyphenols, and fiber. According to The Prostate Health Program, developed by Daniel W. Nixon and Max Gomez, organic eating reduces exposure to cancer-causing pesticides and chemicals. Organic leafy greens (also known as cruciferous vegetables), such as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, and Brussels sprouts have high percentages of cancer fighting fiber, and the lycopene in tomatoes is a powerful antioxidant.
Replacing animal protein with plant protein
Just like heart-healthy diets, red meat and animal fats are discouraged for prostate well-being. Healthy protein can be attained from a variety of delicious sources, including amaranth, beans, buckwheat, kamut, lentils, quinoa, split peas, tempeh, and seitan.
Eat whole foods
Stick to whole and natural grains that are high in fiber and have gone through minimal processing. Keep refined sugars and alcohol to a minimum.
Choosing omega-3 rich foods
Found in certain fish, such as anchovies, shrimp, salmon, oysters, tuna, herring, flounder, sole, mackerel, sardines, halibut, and trout, omega-3 rich foods effectively fight against prostate inflammation, as well as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, depression, joint pain, and fatigue.
Water assists in the natural elimination of toxins, especially from all the processed and inorganic foods that are typical of the American diet. The benefits of green tea come from catechins, which are antioxidants that destroy bacteria while supporting the immune system.
Researchers have found a direct link between regular physical activity and good prostate health. While low-to-moderate activities, like walking or mowing the lawn, are beneficial, rigorous activity, such as jogging and strength training, are especially efficient. Strength-training should target hamstrings, glutes, quads, and calves for optimal prostate health (i.e. squats and lunges). Yoga can promote prostate health by firming deep pelvic muscles and encouraging circulation.
Saw Palmetto has long been considered an alternative treatment for men with enlarged prostates, but its actual effectiveness is still being studied. Other natural supplements that have been linked to reducing prostate symptoms include vitamin d, vitamin e, zinc, fish oil, quercetin, rye grass pollen, stinging nettle root, and green tea extract.
Prostate exams are recommended every few years for men in their twenties and thirties and annually for men over the age of forty. If prostate cancer is left untreated, it can lead to decreased urinary function, sexual dysfunction, and the spread of the cancer. Regular exams from your physician or urologist can prevent permanent prostate damage.