As a man it is important to note that dietary choices play a great deal of role in the health state of your prostate gland. And most importantly, if you have not been giving adequate attention to your vital organs and general health, you are advised to start as soon as you cross age forty, experts say, Foods to Take Care of Your Prostate, Prevent Cancer.
“The highest rates of prostate disease are observed in Western countries such as the USA and United Kingdom, where typical diets are often high in saturated and trans fats, sugar, salt and simple carbohydrates like white bread. The lowest rates are seen in Asian countries such as Singapore, as diets here tend to include more fruit and vegetable, healthy fats and complex carbohydrates” says Dr. Jen Tan, natural health practitioner and researcher at Immune System Blog.
In this regard experts agree that you must begin to make conscious changes in your dietary behaviours if you want to retain a healthy prostate. What you can do is embrace the under listed prostate-friendly natural foods for the prevention of prostate enlargement which experts refer to as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). It will also interest you to know that if your prostate is already enlarged, you must also take these same steps to remedy the situation while ensuring that the condition of your vital organ does not deteriorate into a cancer.
Foods to Take Care of Your Prostate, Prevent Cancer
Tomatoes are richly packed with the very vital food nutrient, Lycopene that every man needs for his prostate health. Lycopene is a very important phytochemical; it is also the pigment that gives the tomato as well as other reddish or yellowish fruits their colour. Lycopene is essentially the carotenoid that makes tomatoes red, and research has proven that it is capable of lowering the risk of prostate cancer. Thus studies show that men who eat lots of either raw or cooked tomatoes/foods are able to live ‘healthier’ than those who do not.
Green tea contains a lot of antioxidants that are able to ward off free radicals in your vital organs and body. Thus these substances are able to defend your system by inhibiting oxidation. Antioxidants are food substances that restrain or slow down reactions promoted by oxygen or peroxides thereby causing inflammations leading to breakdown of health in parts of the body. Aside water, experts say green tea is your next best drink.
Fish, especially oily fishes are very good for the state of your prostate as it were; fish oil is rich in Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids. These are forms of polyunsaturated fatty acids, and very healthy oils you need to consume on a regular basis; they are found in some of the best sources of fish oil, chiefly among them being – Salmon and other cold water fishes. Some of these other fish species include such as: sardines, mackerel which Nigerians love to call Titus, herring, tuna, trout, etc.
Broccoli is a very rich exotic vegetable very similar to cauliflower which is sometimes more available in local urban groceries in Nigeria. Broccoli is loaded with health rewarding phytochemicals such as sulforaphane, apart from its rich load of fibre. It is a cruciferous vegetable characterised by dense clusters of tight green flower buds. The phytochemical as found in any other cruciferous vegetables is capable of fighting off cancer cells or tumour growths experts say.
Soya beans as well are packed full with the necessary phyto-oestrogens your prostate requires to stay tip-top. The same active ingredients experts say are contained in other legumes such as lentils, peanuts (groundnuts) and beans.
Pomegranate is equally an exotic fruit; it is a large globular fruit having many seeds with juicy red pulp in a tough brownish-red rind. Pomegranate is packed full with antioxidants as well and as such very friendly to your prostate.
Bottom line is that you must take care of your prostate gland now to ensure a healthy future, or if your prostate is already enlarged you equally do the needful. In the words of Dr. Tan, “an enlarged prostate diet must include in addition, plenty of leafy green vegetables, seeds, and nuts…” He also adds that, you should on the other hand, “exclude alcohol, caffeine and excess sugar” from your diet because they act against the state of your gland.