It is of utmost importance to start looking after your prostate TODAY! As is the case with all health ailments, the younger you are when you start to look after your health, the better your health outcomes will be as you get older.
‘Men would benefit from taking care of their prostate health from the age of 50, before prostate enlargement starts causing symptoms that can get worse over time. Prevention is the best approach.’ Dr N. Patel BSc, MBBS, DCH, MRCGP
An enlarged prostate, called Benign Prostate Hyperplasia (BPH), is very common in men over 50, however not all men will experience symptoms early on. An enlarged prostate starts causing symptoms that can get worse over time and can greatly affect a man’s daily life.
Common symptoms include:
- frequent urination,
- urgent uncontrolled need to empty the bladder,
- incomplete emptying of the bladder,
- sleep interruptions due to multiple bathroom visits.
If you are already struggling with some of these symptoms, or even if you do not have any symptoms of BPH yet, it’s never too soon to start making a change. Prevention begins with knowledge, and it is already well known that maintaining a healthy weight, being active, stopping smoking and eating plenty of fruits and vegetables daily can reduce the risk of chronic illness in later life. But here is some useful information about certain dietary considerations that may be beneficial for prostate health:
- Eat your greens (and reds!):
It’s not too surprising to hear that scientists have found eating cruciferous veg, e.g. cabbage and broccoli, can reduce the risk of BPH (and prostate cancer!) (1). Another study found that men who included green leafy vegetables and tomatoes in their diets had less BPH and less symptoms of BPH (2). Tomatoes contain lycopene, which is what gives them the red pigment. Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant that protects the prostate cells from oxidative stress which can cause chronic inflammation.
- Don’t overdo the dairy:
Research in the Journal of Nutrition has showed that including a lot of full-fat dairy in your diet actually increases your risk of developing prostate cancer (3). So, if you have a high dairy diet, you might want to think about reducing it as part of a prostate health diet. It is important to remember, however, that dairy does contain calcium, which is an important mineral to include in your diet. If you do reduce full -fat dairy in your daily life, you can still get calcium from a variety of alternative sources including cabbage, broccoli, nuts, seeds and fortified foods.
- Eat more fibre:
A good intake of dietary fibre has been associated with a lesser chance of developing a variety of chronic illnesses, including prostate cancer (4). A fibre-rich diet can aid digestion, prevent constipation, reduce cholesterol and even help you maintain a healthy weight. Fruit and veg are a good place to start to improve your fibre intake. Other good sources of fibre are whole grains, beans, baked potatoes (skin on) and even popcorn!
If you are already living a healthy life and you want to do more to help prevent the symptoms of BPH taking over your life, try PROSTATE360 capsules. PROSTATE360 is an evidence-based botanical supplement formulated to:
- support for the prostate and the bladder,
- help reduce the frequency of urination,
- support vitality levels,
- support healthy blood flow.
Do not let your prostate control your day. Try PROSTATE360 and enjoy life without interruptions.
Dr. Naomi Newman-Beinart, PhD
Nutritionist (BSc) & Chartered Psychologist specialising in Health (PhD)