The prostate is a small gland nestled around the urethra, the duct that drains the bladder. In many men over age forty-five, the gland tends to gradually grow larger. If the gland grows too large, it can begin to squeeze the urethra, making urination difficult. Those who suffer from an enlarged prostate often feel the need to urinate more frequently and feel that their urination are incomplete. Treatment of this condition usually focuses on shrinking the prostate, which can often be accomplished using a variety of natural remedies to improve prostate health. While most doctors recommend surgery, natural herbs and supplements have shown promising results.
Cancer of the prostate is extremely common in elderly men, though its exact cause isn’t known. It tends to grow very slowly over a period of many years and eventually gives symptoms similar to those of an enlarged prostate, if any. The best prevention for prostate cancer is early detection, and regular prostate screenings for men over age forty-five are highly recommended.
Natural remedies to improve prostate health
The prostate gland contains more zinc than any other body part. Zinc is also an important component of sexual fluids.
Eat foods rich in Zinc for prostate health
The use of zinc has been found valuable in cases of prostate disorders. About thirty milligrams of this mineral should be taken daily in the treatment of these diseases.
Eat pumpkin seeds for prostate health
Pumpkin seeds are an effective home remedy for prostate problems and many patients have been helped by their use. These seeds are rich in unsaturated fatty acids which are essential to the health of the prostate. Persons beyond the age of fifty, who have any signs of prostate trouble; or those who from urinary disorders of some kind, namely, burning or difficulty in passing urine freely, should take sixty to ninety grams of pumpkin seeds per day. The seeds may be taken in the form of powder sprinkled over cooked vegetables or mixed with wheat flour to make chapati (flat bread) or normal wheat bread. They can also be taken in the form of a paste made with honey, or as a drink mixed with diluted milk and sugar to taste.
The use of vegetable juices has been found beneficial in the treatment of prostate problems, including prostate enlargement. The juice of carrots, taken separately in a 500 m] quantity, or in combination with spinach juice. is specially valuables In the case of combined juices, 200 mi of spinach juice should be mixed with 300 ml of carrot juice to prepare 500 ml or half a liter of combined juices.
Take Flower Pollen
Flower pollen can help relieve prostatitis (enlarged prostate). It has anti-inflammatory properties and is antiandrogenic, meaning it helps to counteract some of the effects of excess testosterone. Two 250-mg tablets can be taken twice daily.
An acidophilus supplement will help discourage unfriendly microorganism from invading the prostate region. Take three capsules daily.
Pure Cranberry Juice
Diluted pure cranberry juice helps to prevent bacteria from adhering to the walls of the genitourinary system, thus preventing the likelihood of inflammation.
High Fiber Diet and Exercise
High fiber diet and exercise can reduce the risk of enlarged prostate, as high fiber diet helps promote normal elimination and detoxification. There is only a thin tissue separating the rectum from the prostate gland, so avoiding constipation improves the health of the colon as well as the prostate.
Natural Supplements, a remedy for enlarged prostate
The amino acids alanine, glutamine and glycine help shrink an enlarged prostate. They can be often purchased in combination with beneficial herbs for reducing enlargement.
Vitamin E has proved to be an important factor for prostate health. The patient should therefore use vitamin E-rich foods liberally or take 600 IU of this vitamin daily. Vitamin E rich foods are whole grain products, green leafy vegetables, eggs, milk, and all raw or sprouted seeds.
- Complete all-natural multivitamin/mineral complex rich in antioxidants.
- Lutein: 6-20 mg daily
- Lycopene: 6-10 mg daily.
- Soy isoflavonoids: 40-60 mg daily.
- Glycine: 50 mg, one to three times daily.
- Glutamine : 50-150 mg daily
- Selenium: 100-200 mcg daily.
- Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine): 25-50 mg daily.
- Vitamin C: 500-1,000 mg daily.
- Vitamin E: 400-500 IU daily.
- Zinc: 15 mg of elemental zinc (read label), once or twice daily.
Herbs to treat enlarged prostate
Seaweeds such as kelp and kombu has a softening and draining effect on hardened masses in the body, including swollen prostate.
- Nettles: as directed on label.
- Pygeum: as directed on label.
- Saw palmetto: as directed on label.
- Panax ginseng: as directed on label.
- Buchu Leaves: as directed on label.
Eat plenty of beta-carotene rich foods such as carrots, green leafy vegetables and parsley, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, and peaches that help nourish the tissues of the body, including the prostate.
- Increase your water intake, drink six to eight glasses of pure water daily, to make the urine less acidic and irritating.
- Eat pumpkin seeds, a good source of zinc.
- Eat soy products, cold-water fish, fresh fruits and vegetables, and yogurt with live cultures.
- Eat artichokes, asparagus
- Drink apple juice
Avoid and watch out for
A diet excessively high in fats is believed to be a contributing factor in enlarged prostate. Same is true for red meat, it can contribute to elevated level of cholesterol, which can impair prostate function. Fried food can contribute to the hardening of the arteries and blockage in the genitourinary tract.
Its also important to minimize :
- dairy products
- Excess alcohol consumption.
- Fatty foods and junk foods.
- Hydrogenated oils.
Food considered beneficial for prostate
- fermented soy
- brown rice
- blue berries