Health researchers have found that diet plays a crucial role in maintaining prostate health so here are a few nutritional tips every man should keep in mind:
Do Include In Your Diet:
Vegetables from the cruciferous family – broccoli, cabbage, kale, Brussels sprouts, bok choy, and cauliflower which all contain potent anti-cancer chemicals. Broccoli and cauliflower are full of phytochemicals called sulforaphane, which targets and kills cancer cells while leaving normal prostate cells healthy. Steam your vegetables to retain maximum nutritional value and buy your vegetables as fresh and as organic as possible.
Oily fish, hemp seeds, ground flax seeds and walnuts. All sources of essential omega-3 fats which are often low in those with prostate problems.
25 to 35 grams of soluble fibre every day. Fibre is believed to bind to toxic compounds and carcinogens, which are then excreted from the body. Good sources of soluble fibre include organic oats, barley, lentils, peas, beans, fruit and vegetables.
Tomatoes, red and pink grapefruits, watermelon and pomegranates which are high in lycopene – a natural powerful antioxidant that may help to lower prostate cancer risks.
Selenium. An antioxidant found in nuts, especially brazil nuts, wheat bran, wheat germ, oats and brown rice. Selenium is a mineral that has antioxidant properties and may help to protect cells from damage.
Vitamin E which can inhibit the growth of malignant prostate cancer. Foods high in Vitamin E are nuts, sunflower seeds, avocados, oily fish, wheat germ, broccoli, squash and pumpkin.
Zinc. May help fight infection and zinc deficiency has been linked to BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia) or enlarged prostate. Foods rich in zinc are spinach, pumpkin and squash seeds, nuts, raw cocoa, beans, mushrooms
Stick to organic foods as much as possible. Pesticides can increase levels of DHT in the prostate. (DHT is an important hormone which also plays a role in male baldness).
Plenty of fluids (non-alcoholic!). Anyone with an enlarged prostate should drink plenty of water to flush out the bladder.
Green Tea. It contains polyphenolic compounds may prevent the development of cancer.
Cut back on:
Red meat (especially when cooked at high temperatures such as barbecued, char-grilled or fried) as it is high in saturated animal fat.
Caffeine, alcohol, spicy food and other substances that irritate the urinary tract.
Fatty dairy products, sugar and alcohol as all these can potentially challenge the immune system.
High cholesterol levels as well as being overweight have also been linked to prostate problems so keep both in check.