The prostate is a walnut sized gland that sits below the male bladder. The tube that takes urine from the bladder to the outside (the urethra) passes through the prostate. As men get older it is extremely common for the prostate gland to enlarge, which places pressure on the urethra, thus triggering the need to urinate more often.
The majority of men with prostate conditions tend to get up 3 or 4 times during the course of the night. Other symptoms include difficulty in beginning urination, poor stream and dribbling at the end of urination. An enlarged prostate can also trigger urinary infections.
The majority of prostate problems are due to a condition called benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH), but occasionally the prostate can be affected by cancer. If you have blood in your urine, difficulty in passing urine, any swelling in your testicle area, please, please go and see your doctor. Although there is now a greater awareness of this problem many men are still dying because they did not go to the doctor quickly enough. The sooner it is diagnosed the better.
Foods To Avoid:
As pesticide and herbicide residues are linked to prostate cancer, make sure you avoid non organic foods as much as possible- especially carrots, apples and lettuces which are high in pesticides. Reduce your intake of animal fats such as any fat on meat (pork, lean steak , turkey and chicken breasts without fat are OK) full fat milk and cheeses, chocolate, hard margarines and fatty take aways. Don’t eat processed meat pies and pastries. Avoid fried foods.
Eat organic foods as much as you can. Locally grown fruits and vegetables in season contain more nutrients than those flown thousands of miles. As lack of zinc is associated with prostate problems sprinkle plenty of pumpkin, sunflower and linseeds over cereals , yoghurts, into soups and over salads.
Eat more oily fish which are rich in essential fats and use organic walnut, sesame, sunflower and olive oils for salad dressings. Include plenty of fibre in your diet from fruits, vegetables especially broccoli, cauliflower and Brussel Sprouts which balance hormones naturally. Include more grains such as brown rice, quinoa, millet, oats, cereals and oat and rice bran. Eat more pulses such as barley, kidney beans, soya beans plus lentils and corn, rice and lentil pastas. Have one serving of cooked, organic GM free soya Tofu each week.
The carotene lycopene is the most abundant nutrient stored in the prostate and studies have shown that men who eat 10 or more cooked tomatoes ( in a little olive oil) weekly are 45% less likely to develop prostate cancer. The lycopene in tomatoes is released when they are heated in a small amount of oil. A great way to do this is to cut tomatoes in half, brush them with a little olive oil and add chopped garlic and basil. Grill for a few minutes and serve.
As zinc deficiency is linked to prostate problems take 30mg zinc daily. As zinc depletes copper levels – take a proportionate amount of copper, approximately 1mg of copper for every 15mg of zinc. Two of the most popular herbs used for an enlarged prostate is saw palmetto (take 320mg of standardized extract daily) and 50-100mg of pygeum.
Make sure you buy a standardized extract which guarantees that your tablet or capsule contains a good % of the active herb. One of the oldest remedies for enlarged prostates is nettle taken either as a tincture or as tablets. Modern research has confirmed its effectiveness. 5mls of tincture, or tablets 1 three times daily. Omega 3 Fatty Acids found in oily fish or linseed oil- 1000 mg per day- helps prevent prostate enlargement
Many companies now make prostate formulas that include all these nutrients- ask at your health store or call The Nutri Centre in London on 0207 436 5122. Include a natural carotene source supplement that is rich in lycopene 20-40mg daily. Prostabrit has been used successfully for over 30 years in Europe and Asia. It is a combination of extracts from the pollen of eight different plants: rye, maize, timothy, hazel, pine, oxeye daisy, sallow and aspen. Discovered in Sweden almost half a century ago, this non allergenic mixture has proven remarkably effective in the treatment of BPH. Take two capsules daily Nutri Centre as above.
- If you are over 50 – ask your doctor to examine your prostate and testical area twice annually. Early detection greatly increases your chances of a complete cure.
- Make sure you get plenty of exercise and reduce stress levels.
- To help improve circulation to the area and reduce inflammation, lie on your back, bend your knees, bring the soles of the feet together and bring the feet as close to your buttocks as possible.
- Relax your legs, letting the knees fall outwards towards the ground. Hold this position for five minutes. Only attempt this exercise if you are fit and have no joint problems in your hips and legs.
- Massage essential oils of Cypress, tea tree and juniper berry mixed with a little grape seed carrier oil- into your lower back and groin areas to strengthen the prostate. See an osteopath or chiropractor to check that the pelvis and spine are not misaligned, as in certain cases a major nerve connection from the lower part of the spine to the prostate becomes trapped and once this is released water can be passed normally.
- For further help and advice, send a large SAE to The Prostate Help Association, Langworth, Lincoln, LN3 5DF. Website: www.pha.u-net.com. They also have self-help, informative books and CD-ROMS for sale. “Other help is available
by contacting The Prostate Cancer Charity via their helpline 0208 222
7666 or research their website www.prostatecancer.co.uk or also look at
Extracted from 500 of The Most Important Health Tips You’ll Ever Need. Cico Books. For further details see the books Section on this web site.