The prostate gland is an integral part of the male reproductive system. About the size of a walnut, it continues to change and grow during a man’s lifetime. Maintaining prostate health should be of maximum importance to all men if they want to lead a long and healthy life.
Let’s look at three medical issues that can arise as a result of the prostate gland, and some recommendations for the best foods for prostate health.
Issues Concerning The Prostate Gland
Due to its location the prostate can affect urination and sexual functions.
- Prostatitis is an inflammation or infection which causes burning and pain during urination, the urgent need to urinate, and painful ejaculation.
- BPH or benign prostatic hyperplasia is the enlargement of the prostate. Men find it difficult to urinate because the prostate is pressing on the urethra. It is believed 75% of men over 60 suffer with this condition.
- Prostate Cancer
Best Foods For Prostate Health
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Fish like salmon, tuna and flounder are rich in omega-3 fatty acids which can slow the progression of tumor development even in men who already have the disease.
Fatty acids are essential because the body can’t make them. You, therefore, must get them from foods and supplements.
Choose the Mediterranean Diet
A healthy diet for everyone, the Mediterranean diet is especially beneficial for prostate health.
Fresh vegetables, fish high in Omega-3 fatty acids, olive oil, and fresh fruits, along with whole grains are all heart healthy and prostate healthy. Nuts and avocados are better than carbs and fatty foods, therefore reduce the amount of red meat and processed foods.
One tablespoon of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, or Italian dressings reduce insulin levels and inflammations.
This green veggie has anti-cancer properties and nutrients. Cut up the florets before you cook them, and you can release all its nutritional value, especially if cooked with a bit of olive oil.
Found in chili peppers, cayenne kills prostate cancer cells. Mix up a bowl of guacamole with some hot peppers and start the party.
Afternoon or morning tea can benefit a man’s prostate health. It will help reduce PSA levels and boost the immune system. Drink 3 cups a week to help reduce the risk of prostate cancer.
Pumpkin Seeds And Brazil Nuts
Pumpkin seeds are especially helpful for BPH, or enlargement of the prostate gland. Just a few ounces a week of Brazil nuts can also help reduce your risk of prostate cancer.
Cook shitake mushrooms in soups, stews, and pasta sauces for cancer reducing properties .
The first step in fighting prostate issues is to be proactive. Start by adjusting your diet, and contact Urology Specialists of Oregon at (541) 322-5753 to learn more about proactive, preventative methods!