You shouldn’t put off taking care of your prostate health until it becomes an issue, even though it is probably not a topic of conversation with your coworkers or at the dinner table. After the age of fifty, prostate problems become incredibly common. For instance, according to the National Institutes of Health, 50% of men over the age of 50 have benign prostatic hyperplasia, also known as an enlarged prostate, a condition that can lead to urine incontinence, urinary retention, and thickening of the bladder wall.
Young men can take steps to prevent and delay prostate enlargement even if they are many years away from reaching their fifties by eating foods high in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that are known to support prostate health. Most of these foods help to prevent benign prostatic hyperplasia and prostate cancer by reducing inflammation, improving circulation, reducing oxidative damage, and supporting healthy hormone production. Continue learning about the best foods to eat for your prostate and start controlling your future health.
Omega-3 fatty acids, which are found in fatty fish like salmon, tuna, sardines, herring, trout, and mackerel, have been shown to reduce inflammation and may slow the progression of prostate enlargement. Even some evidence suggests that omega-3 fatty acids have the ability to reduce tumor size in cases of prostate cancer.
Lycopene, a carotenoid that defends your cells against oxidative damage from free radicals, is most abundant in tomatoes. Prostate-specific antigen (PSA), a measure of prostatic irritation and prostate cancer risk, and benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) have been shown to develop more gradually and decrease, respectively, in response to lycopene. To maximize the benefits, combine tomato eating with avocado, almonds, fatty fish, or olive oil. Wholesome fat increases the absorption of lycopene. Watermelon, pink grapefruit, papaya, and guava are other fruit and vegetable sources of lycopene. Selenium, another mineral linked to better prostate health and performance, is also present in tomatoes. Vitamin C content in one cup of tomatoes is 55mg (61% RDI).
Soy sometimes receives a bad rap because it contains phytoestrogens, but these same substances also make it significantly protective against prostate problems because they have antioxidant characteristics and can help control hormone levels and healthy cell turnover. For instance, it has been demonstrated that isoflavones, a type of phytoestrogen, unquestionably reduce the risk of prostate cancer by 20%. Some legumes, including beans and lentils, also contain these substances. To support prostate health, consider substituting tofu, tempeh, or legumes for an animal protein.