Tips to Keep Your Prostate Gland Healthy
Instead of reaching for white breads or cakes, try whole-grain bread and pastas, which are every bit as satiating. Breaking down starchy carbohydrates is hard on the intestines, and over consumption of white flour products leads to weight gain and lethargy. Likewise with fats in oils: olive oil, almond oil, sunflower oil—these offer healthy fats. Heavy butter and cream, not really. For this same reason, limit your consumption of heavy animal products (beef, pork, lamb); lean proteins, as in fish and poultry, are less difficult to incorporate into a human being. For proof this works, look to Japan, where the main protein is fish and there are barely any cases of prostate cancer.
Staying physically active is another way to keep your prostate gland in good health. You’ve probably heard this one: “Sitting is the new smoking.” And, in some ways, it’s more detrimental; at least with smoking you go outside once in a while. Regular exercise staves off heart disease, stroke, and some cancers. A study completed on over 30,000 men (all health professionals) concluded that the more they exercised, the lower their risk of BPH (enlarged prostate, which precedes cancer). Just a moderate paced walk a few times a week offers some benefits.
Finally, you may want to supplement your diet with nutrients (but remember, it’s better to get them directly from food). Many men do not get adequate zinc through diet, and zinc deficiencies can lead to enlarged prostates. Zinc deficiency has been tied to the progression of prostate cells to malignancy. A 50, 100, or 200 mg zinc tablet daily reduces an enlarged prostate. Saw palmetto berry, native to tropical regions, has also been studied for its anti-cancer properties.
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