In honor of Father’s Day, this month’s focus is an important aspect of men’s health: your prostate.
It’s almost inevitable that you will have prostate concerns at some point in your life, as the numbers increase with age. Starting around age 40, you should be getting regular prostate exams to monitor the size of the gland, and after you hit 50 your doctor may recommend more regular blood tests to monitor the onset of prostate cancer. Did you know that only skin cancer is more prevalent among men, and only lung cancer is deadlier?
Let’s take a closer look at how the prostate grows and changes as you age. I’ll then pass along some all-natural, time-tested ways to boost the health of your prostate naturally.
SUPPORTING PROSTATE HEALTH
The prostate is a small, walnut-size gland that sits below the bladder, wrapped around the urethra. It usually has two growth spurts, the first at puberty and the second around age 30.
The prostate is prone to three diseases, which occur at various stages of life. Younger men are more prone to prostatitis, an inflammation of the prostate. Later, starting in their 30s throughout middle age, some men experience BPH — benign prostatic hyperplasia or hypertrophy — a painful, enlarged prostate that usually begins with that second growth spurt mentioned above. The third disease is prostate cancer, for which older men are most at risk.
5 WAYS TO KEEP YOUR PROSTATE HEALTHY
Here are five all-natural ways you can support the health of your prostate without experiencing the negative side effects associated with synthetic treatments or prescription drugs.
(1) Tomatoes owe their bright color to a powerful antioxidant called lycopene. Lycopene and its related compounds have been shown to concentrate their healing power in tissues of the prostate, making it one of the more accessible all-natural ways for men to boost their prostate health. However, let me stress the importance of eating a variety of plant foods to ensure the most protection against cancer development. No food in isolation can effectively lower cancer risk, but adding a few more deep red, vine-ripened tomatoes into your weekly diet will certainly help.
(2) Cranberries are a powerful aid for both men and women looking to boost their kidney and urinary health. Cranberry is a rich source of phytonutrients and phytochemicals that support the urinary tract. Women have long relied on cranberry as a natural source to treat or prevent urinary tract infections, but cranberries can also benefit men. Cranberry juice is usually the easiest way to include more cranberry in your diet, just be sure you’re buying pure, not from concentrate juice! You can also get cranberry in supplement form. The supplement on special this month, Prostate FLO, contains full-spectrum cranberry powder that has been optimized for men’s health.
(3) Zinc is vital for optimal prostate health, as zinc is highly concentrated in the prostate gland. It is a precursor to testosterone, and helps keep men feeling vital and energized. This mineral can also act as a tumor suppressor by altering the biology of prostate cells to make them less likely to undergo malignant transformation, and less able to multiply and survive as cancer cells. A lack of zinc has been shown to be associated with a reduced DNA damage and repair response in prostate tissue. Zinc is actually vital for a vast number of human biological processes, as all cells have a requirement for zinc at some level. Zinc included in the Prostate FLO supplement below, and for those interested in obtaining zinc from food, oysters are the number one food source.
(4) Saw palmetto is a remarkable herb that inhibits the body’s tendency to turn testosterone into a hormone called dihydrotestosterone, which is believed to trigger prostate enlargement. Saw palmetto extract has been widely acclaimed as a natural way for men to maintain normal prostate health and urinary tract function. The Prostate FLO supplement on special this month also contains an ample amount of this prostate-supporting herb.
(5) Pygeum extracts are a well-known and often used alternative for supporting prostate health in many European countries. The African cherry tree, pygeum africanum, is an evergreen found at higher elevations across Africa. Its medicinal use dates to the 1700s, when tribes in southern Africa taught early explorers how to use the tree’s bark to treat bladder discomfort. It has been widely documented to support healthy urine flow and volume, reduce nocturnal voiding, and improve the overall quality of life for men. The Prostate FLO supplement also includes pygeum extract.