As a man gets close to his middle age, he begins to worry about his prostate gland’s health. One of the responsibilities of the prostate gland is the control of urine release. When the prostate gland is in its normal size, it will not block the urine flow in the urethra. But, if the prostate gland is enlarged, it presses on the urethra and bladder that can result in blockage of urine flow.
When a man notices an alteration in his ability to urinate such as pain and difficulty while urinating, he may become very worried. He will worry about having to deal with interrupted sleeping because of many nightly trips to the bathroom. He will worry about wearing an adult diaper because of incontinence. He will also worry about losing his libido. And most of all, he will worry if he will become a prostate cancer victim.
All of these are valid concerns when having an enlarged prostate. This is the reason why men should be very active in taking care of their general health. The best thing that a man can do to keep his prostate gland in good shape is to take preventive measures. One of the easiest and most vital things that a man can do is to consume healthy foods and herbs that can benefit the prostate gland.
One of the top foods that are good for the prostate is tomato. Tomato and tomato products are respected to their high lycopene content. Lycopene is an essential antioxidant found in the prostate gland. Lycopene can neutralize the free radicals that damage the cells in the human body. Scientific studies have shown that a sufficient supply of lycopene in the prostate gland can activate cell apoptosis or “cell suicide”, which eventually sinks the prostate gland as it grows larger. Tomatoes are abundant in lycopene. Other food sources are watermelon, sweet potatoes and red peppers.
The greatest known herb in the globe for the treatment of prostate problems is the herb Saw Palmetto. In fact, there are countries that use this herb as their first line of treatment for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). The medicinal part of saw palmetto comes from its berries. This herb has years of scientific research and has an excellent track record when it comes to treatment of prostate problems. Saw palmetto is available as supplement or tea.
Stinging Nettle is another herb for BPH treatment. It is a plant grown in many countries and is available all year round. The root of this plant is used in the treatment. Stinging nettle can reduce symptoms associated by BPH and prostate enlargement, as well as restore the flow of urine. Like saw palmetto, stinging nettle is also available as a supplement or tea.