You can’t remember the last time you slept through the night. Round trips to the bathroom have become so common you’ve practically worn a hole in the rug. And despite that, “gotta go RIGHT NOW” feeling once you’re facing the toilet it can take ages to get started.
Prostate problems can turn you into a sleep deprived zombie. But it’s not just the sleepless nights that are a problem. Your cranky prostate gland can start trying to call the shots during the day too.
You’re one of the millions of men battling an aging, swollen prostate.
It’s a small consolation, but you’re not alone. By the time they reach 60, half of all men are dealing with the same thing. And by 85, that statistic skyrockets to 90 percent of all guys.
Unlike most glands and organs which tend to shrink with age, your prostate continues to grow. Eventually the swelling puts pressure on your urethra, which passes through the gland. That’s what’s behind all those round trips to the bathroom.
You see, your bladder has to work harder to push your urine stream through the narrowed tube. And you can end up feeling like your bladder is never quite empty, forcing you to make pit stop after pit stop for a little relief.
A swollen prostate can even put a damper on your sex life, and make you more prone to UTIs. Not how you’d planned to spend your hard-earned golden years is it?
But enough with the bad news. Despite how common they are, you don’t just have to resign yourself to living with those annoying prostate symptoms.
Relieve some of your worst prostate symptoms with food
In fact, you can start on the road to true prostate relief today. And all it will take is a trip to the grocery story.
Following are four delicious foods you already love which can help put your cranky prostate back in its place. And put YOU back in the driver seat.
You can thank the beta sitosterol in creamy delicious avocados for their ability to transform your bathroom breaks from frustrating to satisfying.
Men who eat more foods containing this powerful plant sterol report better urine flow and fewer leaks and dribbles. Not an avocado fan? Pecans are another good source.
It’s true that a lightly steamed serving of fresh broccoli makes a perfect addition to just about any meal. But it turns out this delicious veggie is much more than just a sidekick. Broccoli may also help fight off some of your most annoying prostate problems, while offering extra protection against cancer.
Broccoli is rich in vitamin C which experts say acts as a mild diuretic. Which means it can gently relieve some of your worst prostate-linked peeing problems.
Plus animal research has found the vitamin inhibits a protein which causes the prostate to swell by preventing prostate cells from dying off. When scientists tried to trigger prostate swelling in mice which had been treated with vitamin C, the vitamin significantly slashed symptoms.
A single cup of broccoli contains 135 percent of the recommended daily amount of C. Bell peppers, strawberries and citrus fruits are all good sources too.
But the broccoli benefits don’t end with vitamin C. Those green stalks may also help protect you against prostate cancer.
Eating cruciferous vegetables including broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and kale produces a chemical called 3,3′-diindolylmethane (DIM). And research has found when you treat prostate cancer cells with DIM they grow 70 percent slower than cells which don’t get the treatment.
3. Sesame seeds:
Your prostate loves zinc. In fact, prostate cells accumulate more of this mineral than any other cells in your body.
We know zinc is important for healthy immune function and cell repair. But research hints that the mineral may also have some special skills when it comes to keeping prostates healthy.
In the lab, exposing cells from a swollen prostate to zinc triggers the kind of natural cell death which could prevent prostate swelling in the real world. Plus zinc keeps the cells from multiplying, which means it could help prevent further prostate growth.
But if you’re having prostate problems, chances are your zinc levels are running low. In a study published in the Indian Journal of Urology, men with enlarged prostates had 61 percent less zinc in their systems than men with healthy prostates.
Which means replenishing your levels could help reverse your prostate symptoms. And sesame seeds are loaded with the mineral. Other good sources are chickpeas, pumpkin seeds and grass-fed beef.
Lycopene is a naturally occurring phytonutrient. It gives certain fruits and vegetables their red pigment. And it does double duty when it comes to your prostate.
Research has found the nutrient may help reduce prostate swelling, easing some of your most bothersome prostate symptoms. In a German study, lycopene slowed down the growth of prostate cells, and improved the symptoms of an already swollen prostate.
But lycopene is also a powerful antioxidant, fighting off cell-damaging free radicals. Which experts say means it could help protect you against prostate cancer too.
Other lycopene rich foods include watermelon and pink grapefruit.
Don’t let your prostate be a bully. Fight back against annoying prostate symptoms with these four prostate-friendly foods.