Okay guys, let’s talk prostates. Listen, just ignoring your prostate health and hoping prostate problems will just fade away on their own simply isn’t going to work. Statistics just aren’t on your side.
In fact, 50 percent of all guys over the age of 60 develop prostate problems. And by the time men are over age 85, 95 percent of them will have prostate issues, including an uncomfortable and enlarged prostate or BPH.
But there’s good news, in spite of those numbers. You don’t have to resign yourself to being just another statistic. You can actively work to ward off prostate problems. And it’s going to be far easier than you imagine.
Because it turns out there are delicious foods you can add into your regular diet that could help delay prostate problems and even help reverse bothersome symptoms so you can keep your prostate healthy and happy well into your 60s, 70s, 80s and beyond.
Put off prostate problems with 10 prostate friendly foods
Avocadoes are rich in the plant sterol beta-sitosterol, a superhero when it comes to protecting your prostate. Not only could this potent sterol help reduce symptoms of a cranky swollen prostate, the beta-sitosterol may make peeing easier, allowing you to empty your bladder more completely then guys who don’t eat many plant sterol rich foods can.
Not a fan of avocadoes? Not a problem, grab a handful of pumpkin seeds or pecans for the same effects.
Overdoing the red meat, especially if you’re not choosing organic, grass-fed cuts, can be bad for your prostate, but you still need a protein you can sink your teeth into. Try beans for an unexpectedly-gratifying alternative. Beans provide a healthy amount of prostate pleasing fiber, they’re packed with protein, and their texture can be very similar to ground beef.
Don’t worry, you don’t have to give up red meat. Just swap beef out for beans occasionally to help prevent prostate problems.
3. Bell peppers:
Research keeps pointing to vitamin C as a helpful nutrient for warding off prostate problems. But here’s the crazy part—not just any vitamin C will do.
It turns out it’s the vitamin C found in vegetables that you need to help prevent BPH symptoms, according to experts at the Mayo Clinic. The vitamin C from fruit doesn’t appear to have the same effects!
Which is where bell peppers come in. They have more vitamin C than any other vegetable. If you’re going to get your vitamin C, might as well get the most bang for your buck!
That’s not to say that you shouldn’t eat fruit if you’ve got prostate problems. Stock up on berries because their antioxidants are exactly what your prostate craves. Regularly eating berries could help you urinate easier, reduce swelling, and may even help prevent prostate cancer. Just be sure to buy organic to reduce your pesticide exposure.
Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli are packed with so many nutrients—including vitamins C, E. K folate and the carotenoids lutein, zeaxanthin and beta-carotene–that they’re practically the perfect food for helping to prevent prostate problems. (Try the sprouts for a delicious alternative!) Plus cruciferous veggies are rich in substances called glucosinolates that break down into cancer fighting compounds.
If you’re not a broccoli fan don’t worry, there are plenty of other vegetables on the cruciferous list including cauliflower, bok choy, Brussels sprouts , kale, collard greens, rutabaga, horseradish, turnips and watercress.
6. Green tea:
This simple drink has gained quite a reputation when it comes to protecting against prostate concerns, and there’s good reason for it. Research has revealed that green tea could help protect against prostate cancer.
As an added benefit, green tea helps keep cholesterol in check naturally, and may improve memory. Plus, it tastes great. So brew a cup or two in the afternoon and reap the rewards.
Nuts can provide a healthy dose of fiber, omega-3s and selenium. Nuts, especially Brazil nuts, pecans, almonds, and walnuts, are particularly good for men’s health. Eat a handful or so every day as a snack or a side dish.
Speaking of omega-3s, salmon and other fatty fish can help keep your prostate healthy. For best results, try to eat at least 2 servings of wild caught fish per week.
And if you don’t care for fish, you can find omega-3s in chia seeds, nuts, and avocado, too!
9. Sesame seeds:
You probably seldom give the humble little sesame seed much thought. But that change once you learn how good they can be for your prostate health. You see, sesame seeds are high in zinc, and zinc deficiencies have been linked to prostate problems, up to and including prostate cancer.
Since your body processes zinc from foods easier than it does zinc supplements sesame seeds are the perfect way to safely and naturally raise your own levels of this important mineral. So sprinkle some sesame seeds over your salad, into your soup, or add them to your morning smoothie.
You can thank the lycopene in tomatoes for their positive effects on prostate health. Not only can lycopene help reduce your risk of prostate cancer, it may help alleviate some of the troubling symptoms of BPH. Tomatoes help lower the levels of a very specific protein that has been linked to prostate problems, including inflammation.
And while tomatoes are one of your best source of lycopene, you can find it in most of the red and pink fruits such as watermelon and pink grapefruit as well.
Listen, we get it. Guys don’t like to talk about their health, and they certainly don’t like discussing their prostates. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be taking care of yours. And when you can ward off prostate problems and ease bothersome symptoms simply by eating delicious foods, well, who wouldn’t be up for that? So eat up. You’re protecting your prostate!