Easing Prostate Symptoms with Diet and Supplements
According to the Mayo Clinic, 50% of men over the age of 60 will suffer from an enlarged prostate and by the age of 85 over 95% of men will live with BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia – another term for enlarged prostate).
The good news is that this condition is easily manageable. A diet rich in certain vitamins and minerals can maintain the health of your prostate and lower your risk of BPH.
According to a study in the Indian Journal of Urology, men with BPH have lower levels of zinc in their bodies, up to as much as 75% lower than men with healthy prostates. Foods which are high in zinc include sesame seeds, oysters, pumpkin seeds and almonds.
Lycopene may also lower your risk of developing BPH. Tomatoes are an excellent source as lycopene is the bright carotenoid that gives tomatoes their red color. It helps to lower the blood lever of antigen which is a protein that has been associated as a cause of prostate inflammation and BPH. Other sources of lycopene include watermelon, pink grapefruit, apricots and papaya.
Green leafy vegetables and the incorporation of onion and garlic into diets have also been helpful for the relief of symptoms associated with BPH.
For those that find it difficult to modify their diets, natural supplements are available and recommended for men that contain these important compounds and many others. Prostatam is a supplement for men, providing the essential supplementation of zinc, lycopene and several other natural compounds/extracts that have been known to support prostate health and comfort.