The Perfect Prostate Support Plan
The prostate gland is actually located in a precarious position. It sits just below the bladder and in front of the rectum and then wraps around the upper part of the urethra. This means that if there is ever an issue with the prostate gland, it could negatively impact urination and sexual function. In addition, men can develop prostatitis, benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), or prostate cancer.
The prostate gland also plays a role in reproduction and hormone metabolism. Testosterone is converted into dihydrotestosterone in the prostate (DHT). This is important because DHT is the androgen hormone that contributes to the development of male characteristics.
Just like any other organ or function in the body, the prostate gland requires comprehensive support via diet, lifestyle, and potentially dietary supplements.
The following ingredients found in foods and/or supplements have been shown to provide support to the prostate gland:
- Omega-3 essential fatty acids. Some food sources of omega-3s include fatty fish, nuts, and flaxseeds.
- Green tea. The polyphenols found in green tea have been shown to support detoxification, immunity, and prostate health in general.
- Pumpkin seeds. These tasty little morsels contain carotenoids and are also a great source of zinc, which has been shown to support prostate health.
- Especially cooked tomatoes contain lycopene, which has been shown to reduce risk of prostate issues.
In addition to zinc and lycopene mentioned previously, there are other specific nutrients and herbs to consider from a dietary supplement standpoint:
- Saw palmetto. This botanical has been the subject of many studies and has been shown to be effective in supporting prostate health.
- Stinging nettle. The phytosterols, lignans and polysaccharides found in this botanical have also been shown to support prostate health.
- Just 200 mcg per day can help support the prostate gland.
- Vitamin D. Ensuring that male patients are not deficient in this important vitamin is also critical to prostate health.
From a lifestyle standpoint, one of the most important things to do for male patients who are interested in protecting prostate health is to get them moving. For example, several studies have shown that physical activity can help reduce risk of prostate cancer. In addition, exercise can help men maintain normal body weight, which is significant because obesity is a leading risk factor in many conditions, including conditions that involve the prostate.
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