Prostate health is not an issue to be taken lightly, especially in this country. While you may be perfectly content to chow down on cheeseburgers, fries, and any number of other foods that are detrimental to your long-term health, your body will eventually suffer the consequences of such a diet. You may end up with any number of disorders, from the merely uncomfortable and potentially harmful (enlarged prostate) to the life-threatening (prostate cancer). However, with more and more focus on the dietary needs of adults and studies conducted to determine the health benefits of different foods, it’s not too hard to formulate a diet that is specifically tailored to your overall health needs, and your prostate health, in particular. Here are a few foods you might want to try.
- Soy. In moderation, soy products have been shown to reduce the risks of prostate cancer. Soy contains polyphenols, which are a type of antioxidant. So giving up burgers made of ground beef and opting for Boca burgers instead will kill two birds with one stone (remove potentially harmful red meats and introduce soy into the diet).
- Veggies. Cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, kale, and brussel sprouts (just to name a few), contain sulforafane, which helps to reduce known carcinogens in the body. This can not only protect against prostate cancer, but other types of cancers, as well. Super-food spinach is also a must-have (really for any diet). It contains vitamins A (beta carotene) and E, antioxidants that are excellent at performing the job of preventing the proliferation of free-radicals.
- Fruits. There are a wide variety of fruits that can also aid in better prostate health. Citrus fruits, in particular, are excellent for overall health because of vitamin C, which helps to boost immunity. Lycopene, which rids the body of free-radicals, is also found in many fruits, but most especially in tomatoes.
- Fish. While many people eat fish (like salmon) for the omega-3 fatty acids, you can also benefit from the selenium found in fish, as it is an antioxidant that aids in the prevention of cell damage caused by free radicals.
- Vitamins and minerals. In addition to the vitamins and minerals listed above, your prostate will thank you to include a few extra in your daily routine. Vitamins B6 and D work in concert with all of the antioxidants you get from fruits and vegetable because each plays a role in cell growth and death. The combination of elements helps to balance the growth process of cells to ensure normalcy. B6 is found in nuts while D is found in yogurt.
- Saw palmetto. There is some debate about the usage of this particular plant product in terms of prostate health. It has been used for thousands of years for its anti-inflammatory and other properties (which may be useful in patients with an enlarged prostate) and it can be found in men’s herbal supplements across the board, although no clinical studies have yet been done. However, buyers of these products should beware. Since herbal remedies are not regulated by the FDA, there is no way to know how much palmetto you are getting in any given supplement, or how pure it is.