Many supplements which have some protective effect can be found in ordinary foods that are readily available:
- Tomatoes are rich in Lycopene, an antioxidant agent which helps reduce cancer and heart disease and can reduce malignant prostate growth. Research has demonstrated that men who ate tomatoes or tomato-based foods daily have a lower risk of developing prostate cancer. Other research shows that the risk of developing prostate cancer decreased with increasing blood lycopene levels. Lycopene is best absorbed by the body when tomatoes are processed. This is because lycopene is tightly bound to the tomato’s cell structure and processing releases the lycopene from the cells. So it would seem that one of the best natural prostate supplements is a regular intake of tomato based sauces and dried tomatoes. Alternatively you could take a lycopene capsule daily. Such prostate health supplements are readily available from your local health food store.
- Zinc is a most effective mineral. Studies have demonstrated that zinc deficiency is associated with prostate enlargement. It is considered an essential trace element, playing a critical role in cell growth and in building the immune response system. Since men lose zinc when they ejaculate, they need this particular mineral more than women. A daily intake of 50 to 100 milligrams of zinc is recommended, but sadly the average diet in the Western world yields only 15 milligrams. Perhaps a reason why prostate health problems are on the increase? Zinc can be found naturally in shellfish, yeast and pumpkin seeds, but if these are not to your taste, try a daily zinc supplement capsule, which you can get from the health food store.
- Pomegranate juice is the latest discovery in the search for natural supplements in the fight for prostate health. Pomegranates contain active compounds, known as ellagitannins, which have powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. In a recently published clinical study, pomegranate juice supplements were found to slow down the progression of prostate cancer. Other research has shown that intake of pomegranate, either raw or juiced, will help the fight against abnormal prostate enlargement. Just a tumbler-full a day should do the trick. If you don’t like the taste of pomegranate, capsules are available as an alternative treatment for natural prostate health.
- Many more or less well-conducted studies have shown that Saw palmetto is a remedy which will increase urinary flow, reduce residual urine, reduce painful urination, reduce dribbling and reduce night-time urination. Overall, these studies have shown a 93% effectiveness in trials, and benefits were noted within the first two weeks. Most men, I think, would prefer to use a natural remedy than powerful drugs, unless these were absolutely needed (as they may be in the case of prostate cancer).
Also it was noted in tests that Saw palmetto produces few or no side effects compared with prescription drugs, which generate a variety of problems, and it is considered better by far than surgery for lesser degrees of prostate enlargement, which may leave you feeling worse than before – and impotent.
Saw palmetto has other uses. It can be taken for treating certain types of prostate infections and, in combination with other herbs, to alleviate the symptoms of prostate enlargement or BPH. It is effective for colds and coughs, sore throat, asthma, chronic bronchitis, chronic pelvic pain syndrome, and migraine headache. It is also applied to increase urine flow, as a diuretic, to promote relaxation, and as a sedative. By tapping into these benefits, the full power of natural remedies can be harnessed for better health.
If Saw palmetto is an effective natural remedy for prostate symptoms, one which works quickly without side effects of drugs or surgery, then there are millions of men who may have good reason to be eternally grateful for this simple berry extract used as a prostate health supplement. But please bear in mind that natural supplements, although effective, must be used in conjunction with a varied and balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle, and you should always get medical advice about any health issue which looks serious.
For an insignificant organ that is about the size of a walnut and weighs only an ounce, the prostate has a major role in a man’s urinary and sexual health. It can cause trouble far out of proportion to its size. Most men will become aware of it when they experience BPH, or difficulty urinating. Conversely, of course, one of the symptoms of prostate enlargement is frequent urination or a sense of urgency.
Prostate infections can sometimes be marked by blood in the urine or semen and perhaps even a painful ejaculation.
The most common problems that the prostate develops are prostatitis, benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH, and prostate cancer. Of these, the majority of men will experience BPH rather than the other two. They are all prostate health problems which need treatment, though.
And treatment is a good thing sure because it’s possible that prostate cancer may not be recognized until it has spread too far to be easily treatable. That’s why men over 40 should have a digital rectal examination once a year. It’s also possible to have a prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test, although generally speaking this isn’t a 100% reliable test in its own right.
Often if the results of a PSA test are ambiguous, further treatment involving a biopsy may be required. But the truth is that only on an individual, case-by-case basis can prostate health problems really be addressed in a practical way. Natural supplements are top of this list!
There are a lot of things that men can do to aid themselves in maintaining good prostate health, ranging from consuming low-fat diets and taking supplements: essential fatty acids, consuming lycopene supplements, zinc supplements, and a number of other products such as Saw Palmetto which have been linked to prostate health.
In the early stages of prostate enlargement, it’s certainly a good idea to try supplements, and you can see a recommended strategy for this in the product advertised in the column on the right-hand side of this page.