Do you go to the restroom more than often? Do you often dash when it’s “time to go”? Or do you find it difficult to urinate? Chances are, you have an enlarged prostate. You also may be looking for some natural remedies to solve your problem.
You’re not alone. According to the Urology Care Foundation, about 50 percent of men have an enlarged prostate when they turn 50.
An enlarged prostate poses many problems. It blocks the urethra, so urine from the bladder cannot pass through. Your doctor might recommend surgery to treat this. But a lot of us are scared of this, and surgery comes with many complications. That’s why I’ve always advised against it.
The good news is that by taking the right approach, you can naturally reduce the size of your prostate. More often it’s as simple as the food you do and don’t eat. So here is a list of 7 natural remedies you should include in your diet. All of which have a positive and healthy effect on the size of your prostate.
1) Pumpkin Seeds
Pygeum has been used traditionally for urinary problems. It comes from the bark of the African plum tree. Currently, it is being used extensively in Europe. Researchers believe that pygeum helps the prostate in three ways. First, it directly reduces the inflammation of the prostate. Second, it suppresses prostate growth factors. And third, it reduces prolactin levels and decreases the uptake of testosterone.
A multi-center study in Germany claims that pygeum improves urine flow. It decreases residual urine volume, urine flow rate and increases voided volume. It decreases nighttime urinations, and improves bladder elasticity and prostate secretions. In short, it restores normal urination and prostate function.
2) Rye Grass Pollen Extract
The rye grass pollen extract is an emerging natural treatment for prostate enlargement. It is derived from three types of pollen is used for prostate diseases in Western Europe and East Asia. Two studies explored the effects of rye grass pollen extract. They found that the grass pollen improved symptoms of prostate enlargement. These include frequency of nighttime urination and the amount of urine left in the bladder.
Another meta-analysis of 444 men showed that rye grass pollen extract significantly improved self-rated urinary symptoms in men with enlarged prostates. One study also showed that rye grass pollen extract decreased the size of the prostate when seen in an ultrasound.
3) Saw Palmetto
The extract of saw palmetto has been used for centuries in relieving symptoms of prostate enlargement. It is derived from a fan-shaped plant that is native to North America. Experts consider saw palmetto as a gold standard for herbal prostate treatments.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has compiled numerous studies that support the benefits of saw palmetto. Experts agree that saw palmetto contain fatty acids, flavonoids and beta-sitosterol that decrease prostate inflammation. Saw palmetto also alters certain hormone levels that affect prostate size. And unlike other medications, saw palmetto doesn’t change normal prostate-specific androgen levels.
How much saw palmetto should you take? Experts recommend a daily intake of 320 milligrams of saw palmetto split into two doses. It may take 4 to 6 weeks for you to feel its effects.
Avocados are a great natural remedy for an enlarged prostate. Why? Because they’re rich in beta-sitosterol. This is a cholesterol-like substance that combats inflammation, causing your prostate to shrink. This substance increases lymphocytes and enhances the effect of natural killer cells.
Several studies support the anti-inflammatory substances in avocados. A double-blind trial of 519 men who took beta-sitosterol preparations showed improved urine flow. Another systematic review claims that avocados contain bioactive carotenoids. These substances act with beta-sitosterol to fight cancer cells which enlarge the prostate.
Eat avocados on a regular basis. This nutrient-rich superfood improves urine flow and can boost your immune system.
5) Stinging Nettles
Stinging nettle leaves may cause sharp, intense pain, but its extract has benefits for the prostate. Like saw palmetto, stinging needle is rich in fatty acids and sterols that decrease inflammation and swelling of the prostate.
One study found that stinging nettle relieves urinary symptoms of prostate enlargement. It helps by improving the flow of urine and decreasing residual urine volume. It is a natural diuretic.
You can have stinging needle as a drink. Add 1 teaspoon of dried leaves in hot water. Let it stay for 10 minutes, then strain. Drink this tea mix 2 to 3 times daily.
This essential mineral helps boost our immune response and cell growth. Zinc supplements are proven to protect the prostate gland and suppress inflammation and enlargement.
Experts agree that we should take about 90 mg of zinc daily.
You can also eat foods rich in zinc. This includes seafood, fortified cereals and cashews.
Strong evidence has shown that boron may play an important role in protecting men from prostate cancer. This powerful, yet often overlooked mineral has been proven to reduce prostate cancer risk as well as lowering PSA levels. In one study reviewed the dietary intake of boron in 95 cancer patients. The results found that men with the highest boron intake showed a 54% lower risk of prostate cancer, compared to those with the lowest intake.
It was also noted that a higher intake of boron was associated with a decreased risk of prostate cancer. Adequate levels of boron have been associated with a 64% reduced risk of prostate cancer, however, obtaining boron from food sources is difficult, with very low levels of boron being found in food.
Don’t resign yourself to living with an enlarged prostate.
There are natural remedies for it. Along with these, you should have a healthy diet and decrease your consumption of red meat and processed foods. These will increase your hormone levels and decrease the effect of natural remedies.
Surgery is not always the option. As a natural approach can heal your enlarged prostate…
Who Is Ben Ong?
Ben Ong is one of the world’s leading experts on natural treatments for prostate disease. He is the founder of Ben’s Natural Health, home to a line of premium quality and side-effect free supplements, and Ben’s Prostate, the #1 online resource for prostate health news and info. To find out more, click here.
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