prostate health guide

Prostate health guide: the essentials

Most of us are afraid of prostate cancer, or prostatitis, or enlarged prostate, but don’t even know how the prostate works. Seems like we all need a proper prostate health guide.

Facts first:

  • prostate is a gland that surrounds the bladder and urethra;
  • it is about the size of a walnut and grows throughout a man’s life;
  • more than 50% of men over age 60 and about 90% over age 70 have symptoms of an enlarged prostate;
  • prostatitis is the most common prostate problem for men under age 50;
  • about 30,000 men die of prostate cancer each year;
  • but there are some ways to protect yourself.

Prostate health guide: overview

  • Don’t ignore health checks. Tell your doctor if you have a family history of prostate cancer.
  • Maintain healthy weight. Yes, it also means you should exercise regularly.
  • Why exercise? Scientists have found a relationship between physical activity and prostate problems, as well as between exercise and erectile dysfunction.
  • Don’t smoke. Just don’t.
  • Choose the right foods. The list is below.

Prostate health guide: superfoods

  • Fruit. Certain fruits, like pink grapefruits, guava and papaya contain a powerful antioxidant lycopene. Other ones, rich in vitamin C, are the must, too.
  • Vegetables. The best for your prostate are garlic, onions, avocados, tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, and brussels sprouts.
  • Whole-grain foods. Bread, pasta and cereals.
  • Fish and seafood. Choose selenium and Omega-3s rich fish like herring and tuna.
  • Good protein sources. Instead of red meet, eat poultry, eggs, and beans.
  • Nuts and seeds. The best choice for your prostate and your health in general are almonds, walnuts, cashews, pecans, sunflower and sesame seeds.
  • Berries. Choose blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, and raspberries that are high in vitamin C and antioxidants.
  • Green tea. Research suggests that it can help protect against prostate cancer.
  • Olive oil.
  • Soy products.

Foods to limit / avoid:

  • red meat;
  • processed meats;
  • saturated fats from dairy and other animal products;
  • trans fats from fast foods and packaged foods;
  • in fact any canned, processed, and frozen foods;
  • sugar-sweetened drinks;
  • salt.

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