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.
- 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;