Here’s some great news for men over 50, there’s plenty of evidence that shows that your lifestyle can make a big difference in your prostate health. Staying active, getting adequate sleep, and what you eat all play a role. More specifically, certain nutrients can help keep your prostate healthy and reduce symptoms of BPH and an enlarged prostate.
Some well-known nutrients like Beta-Sitosterol and anti-oxidants found in Saw Palmetto have proven time and again to help with BPH symptoms. Recent research shows that additional nutrients - found in some of our favorite foods - can also contribute to your improved prostate health.
Anthocyanins are plant-based pigments that give fruits and vegetables their bright red, purple, and blue colors. They're powerful antioxidants that help detoxify the body and fight inflammation.
According to a range of epidemiological studies, the consumption of anthocyanins lowers the risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and some cancers, including prostate cancer.
Eating foods rich in anthocyanins may also help reduce the risk of prostatitis, a painful condition characterized by the swelling and inflammation of the prostate gland.
The foods with the highest concentration of anthocyanins include black and red raspberries, black currants, blackberries, blueberries, red cabbage, red radishes, and black plums. Other fruits rich in anthocyanins include grapes, apples, and pomegranates.
Sulforaphane is a sulfur-rich compound found in cruciferous vegetables that have a range of powerful health benefits.
Sulforaphane is found in broccoli, bok choy, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, and kale. Raw vegetables contain more sulforaphane than cooked veggies. If you don't like them raw, lightly steam your cruciferous vegetables to maximize their sulforaphane content.
Catechins are another type of massively beneficial antioxidants that are anti-carcinogenic and anti-mutagenic, meaning they prevent healthy cells from mutating. Green tea contains very high levels of catechins, known as EGCG and epicatechin, which are known to reduce inflammation.
Other foods rich in EGCG and other catechins include strawberries, peaches, cherries, pecans, and hazelnuts.
Another powerful antioxidant, L-ergothioneine, reduces oxidative stress resulting from a poor diet or exposure to environmental toxins. Oxidative stress leads to inflammation, which can negatively affect your prostate gland and make symptoms of BPH worse. L-ergothioneine may help improve overall prostate health, according to a recent study of Japanese men.
L-ergothioneine is found in significant amounts in maitake, oyster, and shiitake mushrooms, and it's present in lower concentrations in white button mushrooms.
Lycopene is a carotenoid that gives a plant a red hue. Lycopene has been shown to help improve symptoms of BPH as well as reduce prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels. Foods and supplements containing lycopene should be taken with healthy fat, such as avocado, a handful of nuts, or a dash of olive oil.
Foods high in lycopene include tomatoes, watermelon, pink grapefruit, papaya, and apricots.
In an ideal world, we would get all of the nutrients we need from the food we consume each day. But for many, that's unrealistic. Taking a supplement helps to ensure you're getting enough of the nutrients that count.
Prostavol's Prostate Support is a comprehensive supplement that contains 33 proven ingredients, including shitake mushroom extract, tomato powders, broccoli and green tea leaf, red raspberry - all mentioned above to support prostate health. Prostate Support helps improve symptoms of BPH, including low urine flow, pressure, and discomfort.
A healthy diet and appropriate supplementation will go a long way toward promoting a healthy prostate as well as improving your overall health and wellbeing. The power of plants can't be overstated, and getting as many into your diet as possible is a great place to start.
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