Men’s health…it tends to be a topic that scares a lot of men, but we all know it is so utterly important. A general healthy lifestyle is of course key, but for men, prostate health is something they should really start to pay attention to around the age of 40. So I have compiled a list of important nutritional tips for the men in all of our lives. We want them healthy and hardy for years and years to come…hopefully some of these tips will ensure just that.
The following foods are helpful to keep your prostate healthy:
Eat lots of cruciferous vegetables – broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower—they contain isothiocyanates, which are protective phytochemicals, while at the same time are high in antioxidants.
Fish oil that is high in omega-3 fats seem to reduce the risk of prostate cancer.
Vitamin E is known to reduce prostate inflammation and may protect against cancer. This can be found in nuts and seeds, wheat germ and whole grains.
Whole grains offer fiber, selenium, vitamin E and phytochemicals, all of which play a role in the prevention of cancer.
Increase your lycopene! This is in tomatoes, tomato products, red grapefruits and watermelons. This appears to reduce the risk of prostate cancer. Cooking appears to release more of the lycopene in tomatoes; so tomato-based pasta sauces and soups may be especially beneficial. Lycopene is fat soluble so is better absorbed when eaten with a little fat.
Selenium is another mineral that may offer protection. This antioxidant is found in nuts—especially Brazil nuts—seafood, some meats, fish, wheat bran, wheat germ, oats and brown rice.
Soy products can help prevent prostate enlargement and may slow tumor growth. I always really caution people with soy though when buying them. So many of them are genetically modified and can therefore can cause numerous issues in other departments including your reproductive system.
Cut back on red meat. It is high in saturated animal fats and has been linked to an increased incidence of prostate problems.
A few other great tips? Drink plenty of water and green tea every day. Take a Vitamin C supplement, a quality fish oil supplement, and a Vitamin B liquid supplement. Add the three wonder spices of garlic, turmeric and ginger to your daily diet.
I know when started any lifestyle change it can be overwhelming in the beginning. So start slowly. Pick a few things from the above tips list and work them into your life. I promise your body will thank you for it!