Prostate Problems – Food and Herbs For Prostate Health
As men get close to middle age they begin to worry about the health of their prostate gland. One of the duties of the prostate gland is to control the release of urine. A normal prostate gland does not block the flow of urine from the bladder. However, an enlarged prostate gland presses on the bladder and urethra and blocks the flow of urine.
When men notice a difference in their ability to urinate such as difficulty or pain in urinating, they become very concerned. They wonder if they will have to deal with interrupted sleep due to multiple nightly trips to the bathroom. They wonder if they will have to wear adult diapers. They wonder if they will lose their libido. They also wonder if they will become a victim of prostate cancer. All of these are valid concerns. This is why men should be pro-active in taking care of their health. The best thing men can do to keep their prostate gland healthy is to take a preventative approach. One of the most important and easiest things men can do is to eat foods and herbs which benefit the body particularly the prostate gland.
One of the top foods for prostate health is tomatoes. Tomatoes and tomato products are valued due to their high content of lycopene. Lycopene is an important antioxidant which is found in the prostate gland. It has the ability to neutralize free radicals that can damage cells in the body. Research has shown that a sufficient quantity of lycopene accumulated in the prostate over the years can trigger apoptosis in the cells. In other words, a sufficient amount of lycopene in the cells can literally knock-em dead. This is known as cell suicide. Tomatoes are abundant as there are numerous varieties of tomatoes available. Enjoy them fresh or cooked in your favorite dishes. Other good food sources of lycopene include sweet potatoes, watermelon and red peppers.
The best known herb in the world for treating prostate problems is saw palmetto. In fact in some countries it is the first line of treatment. Saw palmetto is a medicinal herb taken from the saw palmetto plant. The medicinal part of the plant comes from the berries. Saw palmetto is very effective for the treatment of men with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) or enlargement of the prostate gland. It has years of research and a proven track record in its ability to do so. It is available in supplements or can be brewed as tea.
Stinging Nettle is also a medicinal herbal treatment for BPH. It is a perennial plant grown around the world. The root of the plant is used in the treatment of prostate problems. It reduces prostate symptoms and can restore urinary flow. Stinging nettle is also available in supplements or tea.
Herbs are readily available and are very inexpensive compared to the cost of prescription drugs. They can be taken safely and effectively by most people. However, each person is different. Be sure to check with your health practitioner to make sure the herbs you desire to take are safe for you do to so. They will also need to make sure that the herbs don’t negatively affect any health condition you may have and to make sure they don’t interfere with any other medications you might be taking.