Four Super Foods You Should Be Eating that Promote Prostate Health
The foods you put in your body can impact the proper function and health of many of the body’s organs, including the prostate gland.
A healthy prostate diet can have many positive effects on the prostate gland for all men, but especially for men in their 60’s and 70’s. As men age, nearly 50% of all men over the age of 60 develop prostate issues, including enlarged prostate, kidney issues or bladder infection.
As the prostate gland becomes enlarged, it becomes more difficult for a man to urinate. This is due to the prostate pressing on the urethra, which is the tube that runs from the bladder and through the prostate to the penis to remove urine from the body. This back up of bodily waste can lead to complications in the prostate, infections in the bladder and even kidney infections as the toxins build up.
What is a Prostate Diet?
How can eating the right foods for prostate health help men avoid prostate problems later in life? What foods should men include in their prostate diet to promote healthy prostate function, reduce the chances of developing enlarged prostate, bladder and kidney infections and even prostate cancer?
This article will identify the four foods that must be in your diet to promote healthy prostate function.
We all have been told by our doctors or heard in the media that reducing salt, sugar, fats and trans fats from our diets, while boosting the number of proteins, fruits, vegetables, liquids, fiber and vitamins are critical for optimum health. This is not jut talk, but is supported by a lot of medical research. That research also has identified the types of foods needed to support the health and function of our organs.
What are the Most Important Prostate Foods?
Here are the four foods to ensure are in your diet and how they benefit the prostate gland.
- Fruits. Fruits are an excellent food source of vitamins for prostate health. Green vegetables provide nutrients and natural sugars, which protect the prostate gland. Especially important are red fruits, such as strawberries and watermelon. These fruits contain lycopene, which promotes proper prostate function and has been shown to relax blood vessels and improve blood flow to the organs. Red fruits are also recommended as a natural remedy for erectile dysfunction as lycopene acts as a “natural Viagra.”
- Teas, liquids and broths. Liquids are good for the male prostate as they make it easy for the body to digest and can help remove build up toxins in the prostate gland, bladder and kidneys, especially if the male already has urination issues related to an enlarged prostate. Broths are easy to digest and provide nutrients the prostate needs not found in clear liquid, such as water. Last are teas. There are teas for prostate health, regular black pekoe tea or green teas. Green teas especially provide antioxidant benefits for the prostate gland. Antioxidants repair free radicals that are the cause of most illness and disease, and promote healthy function of the organs.
- Vegetables, especially red vegetables offer the same nutritional benefits for the prostate as fruits. Red vegetables like tomatoes have lycopene, which promotes proper prostate function and has been shown to relax blood vessels and improve blood flow to the organs. Eating fruits and vegetables eliminates free radicals in the body, reduces the chances of developing prostate cancer. Eating leafy green vegetables is a good natural source of zinc. The prostate contains more zinc than any other organ in the body. Zinc is a natural intioxidant. While a healthy prostate is high in zinc, medical studies have shown that cancerous prostate tissue is deficient in zinc.
- Beans. Beans are an excellent source of complex fiber and protein, which is essential for proper prostate function. It is important to increase this type of protein source, while limiting the protein from red meats. A diet heavy in red meats actually contributes to heart disease, colon cancer and prostate cancer.
Making simple lifestyle and dietary changes to add these foods to your diet, will promote proper prostate function, reduce the chances of a man developing prostate problems as he ages, and these foods provide other health benefits as well, so they are true super foods.
In addition to a health diet, adding a prostate supplement will add additional benefit to your prostate gland. Learn more here!
Ken Weiss is a health blogger who is passionate about natural and holistic cures for men’s health issues. He is the founder of menshealthcures.com