During the entire month of November men around the world, my husband included, proudly grow out their moustaches in support of “Movember.” Although it may not look attractive it helps to raise funds and create awareness for a good cause – prostate health.
Around the age of 40 the prostate naturally tends to increase in size, and in many men, does not stop. As the prostate grows larger, it can add pressure on the urethra creating problems with urine flow. There are many men that go on symptom-free however over time half may develop more serious health issues such as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BHP), prostitis and prostate cancer.
What can you do? Don’t wait till you are 40 years old before taking action. Regular screening, lifestyle changes, diet and nutrition are crucial and play a vital role in men’s health. In honor of “Movember” here are a few foods and supplements that should be incorporated into men’s lives.
Saw Palmetto – Inhibits the amount of hormonal stimulation of the prostate gland, thus reducing inflammation of the enlarged prostate and improves urinary flow.
Selenium-rich foods – Has antioxidant properties that help protect cells from toxins and offer protection. Enjoy selenium rich foods such as Brazil nuts, fish and shellfish, garlic, broccoli, fish and brown rice.
Zinc-rich foods – A mineral that nourishes the prostate gland. Rich in foods such as pumpkin seeds, spinach, sunflower seeds and whole grains.
Tip: Cooking tomatoes rather than eating them raw has been shown to release more of the lycopene in tomatoes and eating lycopene-rich foods with healthy fats, such as olive oil or avocados dramatically increases absorption rates.
Anti-Inflammatory foods – Foods and herbs with anti-inflammatory properties, such as ginger, onions, berries, pumpkin seeds, tumeric and rosemary are excellent support for prostate health.
Cruciferous Vegetables – Vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, beets, sprouts and artichokes contain a compound called sulforaphane. Sulforaphane helps to reduce inflammation and remove toxins.