Most men who suffer from an enlarged prostate gland (BPH) think that what they eat or drink will have no effect whatsoever on their prostate. Wrong ! Most urologists or doctors will recommend that proper prostate nutrition should be followed and that certain foods are avoided in excess, such as coffee, spicy foods and alcohol. Actually recent studies show that the flavanoids contained in red wine actually are beneficial for the prostate gland. So, one myth debunked but all in moderation of course, before you order your next case red wine !
So which foods are good and which ones should be avoided ? Very often deposits of calcium are found in the prostate gland and this is not great for the correct functioning of the gland. So, it is advisable to go easy on dairy products. As a substitute, you can use soya milk or other soya foods. Research has shown that the people of the Far East (ie Hong Kong) have become more susceptible to cancer because they no longer consume so much soya, preferring the fast food from the West.
Fruit is one of my top foods. Cherries, apricots, peaches, apples, bananas and pears. The latter are great for keeping you regular as constipation is another factor which puts more pressure on the prostate.
Spinach and other green leafy vegetables are also great. Try cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli and Brussels sprouts, if you can put up with the smell of them cooking ! I find anyway that steamed vegetables are MUCH healthier as you do not boil all the vitamins and mineral out of them in the cooking ! I boil broccoli for no more than three minutes, therefore making sure they are still crispy and still full of goodness.
Fish – especially those that contain the ‘good’ fats such as Omega 3 are recommended so you need to get salmon, mackerel and trout on the table at least a few times a week. The bad fats are contained in that oil (hydrogenated) which used to be used in all cakes, biscuits and other snack food. Most restaurants and food manufacturers no longer use this type of oil and if you look at the packet, it now says non-hydrogenated oil. In some states in America, this hydrogenated oil is banned from restaurants and eateries. Progress!
Nuts come at the top of the list as well. Not only do they protect your heart but they contain some of the healthy fats and oil mentioned above although you cannot consume masses of them !
Add olive oil to all your salads and vegetables and dressings and you are well on the way to a healthier diet and your prostate will thank you for it. Olive oil is full of antioxidants. Steer clear of corn oil and canola.
Another powerful antioxidant is green tea so substitute that for coffee when you are in a withdrawal state !. Green tea contains caffeine so you will still get your caffeine kick and so you will need to know how to limit that in accordance with your sleeping habits!
By including the above foods in your regular diet, you will be well on the way to healthier eating and not just for prostate nutrition ! The link below gives you a natural remedy to keep your prostate in tip top condition.
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