Although some prostate health-risk factors, such as age, race and family history, can’t be changed, diet can. Making healthy food choices can promote your prostate health and reduce the risk of prostate problems.
About the Prostate
The prostate is a small gland — part of the male reproductive system. It’s similar in size to a walnut. Located under the bladder and in front of the rectum, its main function is to produce protective fluid for sperm. The prostate contains the urethra — the tube that carries both urine and semen from the body. While the prostate isn’t essential for survival, it’s important for reproduction.
Follow a healthy diet:
Lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fish and healthy oils, such as olive and canola. Fish contains omega-3 fatty acids that protect against prostate cancer.
Eat Fresh vegetables and cooked tomatoes, which are rich in lycopene plant pigment promotes prostate health. Insufficient vegetable intake, especially of cruciferous vegetables, is linked to higher risk of aggressive prostate cancer, according to Prostate Cancer Foundation.
Eating healthy oils and nuts increases blood antioxidants, which protect your body’s cells. It also reduces insulin and inflammation, which may discourage prostate cancer progression.
Foods to Avoid
A major risk factor in developing prostate cancer is diet, according to Prostate Cancer Foundation. Reduce your consumption of red meat and dairy products to keep saturated fat intake to a minimum.
Avoid processed foods and foods that contain trans fatty acids, such as margarine.
Eliminate alcohol or consume it only in moderation. A standard drink includes 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine or 1.5 ounces of 80-proof distilled spirits.