6 Easy Ways to Avoid Prostate Problems

By Lee Bellinger / November 12, 2013

Are You a 50+ Male?
Chances Are Your Prostate
Will Give You Trouble

Prostate enlargement is a condition that affects more than half of men over 50 and up to four out of five men in their 80s. Unlike prostate cancer, prostate enlargement (or benign prostate hyperplasia, BPH) can’t kill you. But BPH can cause a number of uncomfortable side effects that reduce your quality of life, such as:
  • Difficulty urinating;
  • Frequent urination that disrupts sleep;
  • The sudden, urgent need to urinate.
To make matters worse, BPH may also cause sexual dysfunction. And, many treatments for BPH themselves may lead to sexual dysfunction. That’s a lot of good reasons to keep your prostate functioning normally!
Today, we’re going to share with you an easy diet change you can make that will help protect your prostate from enlargement. This same change will also help to protect you from prostate cancer. You get two great benefits from one simple change.
Plus, I’ll also share two powerful supplements and three easy lifestyle changes you can make to further support your prostate health.

Don’t Tell Anyone, but Mom Was Right!

Few men want to hear, “Eat your vegetables.” Most of us would rather be meat-and-potatoes guys. But, when it comes to prostate health, it’s great advice… especially if you get plenty of the right kinds of vegetables.
Cruciferous Vegetables
Research shows that compounds in cruciferous vegetables help to prevent excessive prostate growth. They also selectively target and destroy prostate cancer cells. That’s a winning combination.
When it comes to incorporating cruciferous vegetables into your diet, you have a lot of choices. There’s broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, bok choy, and watercress. And, you can cook these vegetables in many different ways. You can roast, sauté, or steam them. You can chop them and add them to salads or turn them into slaw. You can season them with a wide array of herbs and spices. You can even munch on them raw. Eating for better prostate health does not have to be boring.
If you’re dining out, instead of asking what today’s vegetables are, simply request steamed broccoli. Most better restaurants can accommodate this request.
Try eating a serving of cruciferous vegetables each day to help keep your prostate healthy. That should be easy to do. It just means adding a half-cup of these kinds of vegetables to your lunch or dinner menu.

Here’s Why Vegetables Help Your Prostate…

In studies conducted at the Linus Pauling Institute, researchers recently discovered the compound that makes cruciferous vegetables so good for your prostate.
This compound actually targets and kills prostate cancer cells, and it also targets benign hyperplasia cells. So while it’s fighting off cancer, it also helps prevent BPH.
That’s not all. Cruciferous vegetables also contain a compound which helps to prevent the growth of tumors, and may offer further help in preventing prostate cancer. Plus, cruciferous vegetables are high in antioxidants and may even help to reduce your risks of heart disease.
For some people, cruciferous vegetables cause indigestion, especially when cooked. If this is a problem for you, my advice is to experiment with different kinds of cruciferous vegetables and different cooking methods until you find your favorite options that don’t cause you intestinal discomfort. For some people, the commercial enzyme product Bean-o helps prevent indigestion and gas after eating things like broccoli and cauliflower, so you might also give that a try.

Supplements to Support Your Prostate

Cruciferous vegetables aren’t the only natural way to support your prostate health. A number of herbal supplements can be helpful, as well.
Cruciferous Vegetables
Two of the top herbal supplements for prostate health are saw palmetto and pygeum. These two supplements work particularly well when combined.
Saw palmetto is one of the best known herbal remedies for BPH. In one recent study, researchers found that saw palmetto is highly effective at treating BPH symptoms and improving urinary flow. It even helped reduce sexual dysfunction.
There’s a large body of scientific evidence surrounding saw palmetto and its effects on prostate health, but the results are mixed. Some of the studies are very positive, which may indicate that it’s particularly important to choose a high-quality supplement provider.
Pygeum comes from an African plum tree. It’s another supplement with significant supporting evidence. In 18 studies, researchers found that pygeum effectively relieved symptoms associated with BPH two times as often as placebo. It also helped to increase urinary flow.

Other Changes to Support Your Prostate

It’ll come as no surprise that certain lifestyle changes can also help to support your prostate health. You can’t turn around without someone recommending more exercise as a path to better health and less disease. The same is true for prostate health.
Being physically active is associated with a lower risk of BPH. Now, increasing your physical activity doesn’t mean that you have to spend an hour or two at the gym every day. You can increase your physical activity by adopting a more active lifestyle. Go for a walk after dinner. Set an alarm on your computer or phone that goes off every hour and use it as a reminder to take a break from work to spend a minute or two stretching or doing jumping jacks. Plan fun physical activities for the weekends like tennis, golf or hiking.
When you make it a point to be more active more often, it’s an easier change to make than trying to schedule time for grueling workouts. It’s also a change that you’re more likely to stick with, and that means you’ll continue benefiting from it over the long run.
Eat more vegetables in general. A higher intake of fruits and vegetables, particularly those high in vitamin C, is also associated with a reduced risk of prostate cancer. Cruciferous vegetables are the best, but the more vegetables overall, the better. If you have a hard time eating your vegetables, start drinking a V8 with lunch. A standard 12-ounce can adds more than two servings of vegetables to your daily intake.
Enjoy a nightcap! Regular, moderate alcohol intake is associated with a lower rate of BPH. If you’re at high risk for prostate cancer, skip this recommendation. In men already at high-risk, alcohol intake can have a negative effect.
While most men develop prostate problems as they age, you don’t have to be one of them.
Improve your quality of life and your overall health – take good care of your prostate. It’s actually not hard to do, and the payoff in terms of an improved lifestyle can be substantial.