Introduction with prostate diseasesProstate cancer is the most severe disease that can affect your prostate at your later age, but beside it, some other, not so severe diseases, like benign enlargement of the prostate can occur. Some people say that the prostate cancer is inevitable if you live long enough, but that is simply not true.
BPH or, in simple terms enlargement of the prostate, causes nighttime and frequent urination, weak stream or retention of the urine in your bladder. Two most common prescribed medications for treating this disease are alpha-adrenergic blockers such as terazosin and finasteride (Proscar). In more severe cases, surgical intervention may be indicated.
A herb product that may help in case of early stage of BPH is Saw Palmetto, a product of American dwarf pine tree. It stops the conversion of testosterone to dihydro-testosterone, which is responsible for prostate enlargement. This mechanism is similar to the mechanism of finasteride, as well as the efficiency. The good side of Saw Palmetto is that it produces no side-effects.
Prostate cancer is one of the most common types of cancer. Factors that may cause this form of cancer are age, diet and male hormones concentration. The proof that diet has a major influence on prostate and cancer is the difference in incidence of prostate cancer for men in US and men in Far East.
The diet rich in fats, animal meat, milk, and alcohol, typical for people in US, is one of major causes for getting prostate cancer, as well as the other forms of cancer.
What to consume
The best way to prevent all types of cancer, as well as many other diseases, is a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids and vegetables. Some other things that you may consume in order to prevent mentioned diseases are:
Soy protein, which alters the production of estrogen and male hormones.
Omega-3 fatty acids found in olive oil and fish are very good prevention and reliable supplement in curing prostate cancer (CaP). They help balancing the hormone levels, improve blood vessels health and have anti-inflammatory effect.
Saw Palmetto's effect has already been mentioned.
Stinging Nettle decreases the CaP cells dividing and growing speed.
Green tea has anti-angiogenesis, antioxidant and anti-proliferative effects. It also supports natural cell death speed.
Lycopene (found in tomatoes) is a powerful antioxidant, which provides many beneficial effects on prostate.
Selenium is often recommended as a supportive therapy for many types of cancer.
Cruciferous vegetables (found in cabbage, broccoli, Brussel sprouts and cauliflower) are excellent antioxidants and they induce some potentially harmful enzymes in the GI tract and therefore prevent many types of cancer.
Pumpkin seeds contain zinc, which prevents onset of BPH.