Did you know that prostate health is an important part of overall men’s health? It’s true! The prostate, which is a walnut-sized gland located between the bladder and the penis, produces some components of the seminal fluid. If the prostate becomes enlarged or inflamed, it can cause discomfort, urinary obstruction, and sexual dysfunction. Moreover, prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer that men contract. Fortunately, there are steps men can take to maintain their prostate health and reduce the chances of getting prostate problems. Let’s take a look at some of the basics.1,2
One way to help keep your prostate healthy is to have regular sex. Studies have shown that men who have sex multiple times per week have fewer issues with their prostates than those who do not engage in sexual activity regularly. This is because having regular sex helps reduce pressure on the prostate, as well as increase circulation to the area3.
Clean Diet With Plenty Of Fruits And Vegetables
Eating a clean diet full of fresh fruits and quality vegetables is also important for maintaining prostate health. Eating plenty of fiber-rich foods helps reduce inflammation in the body, as well as flush out toxins and help keep your digestive system functioning properly. Additionally, eating plenty of antioxidant-rich foods such as berries can help reduce oxidative stress on your body which can lead to chronic inflammation and other issues with your prostate over time.
Regular Aerobic Exercise
Exercise helps promote blood flow throughout your body, including to your pelvic region where your prostate is located. This increased blood flow helps ensure that the cells in your prostate are getting adequate nutrition and oxygenation, which can help stave off disease and inflammation. Additionally, exercise helps boost your immune system so it’s better equipped to fight off any potential threats or infections that may come its way4.
Herbs For Prostate Health
Finally, there are herbs specifically formulated for promoting optimal prostate health, such as saw palmetto and stinging nettle extract. These herbs contain compounds that have been found to be beneficial for reducing inflammation in the body as well as providing relief from symptoms associated with enlarged prostates like frequent urination and weak urine flow. Additionally, these herbs can help boost testosterone levels which can also support healthy prostate function over time.5
Maintaining optimal prostate health is essential for all men, regardless of age or lifestyle choices. Fortunately, there are simple steps you can take to ensure that you’re taking care of this important organ, e.g., having regular sex, eating a clean diet full of fruits and vegetables, getting regular aerobic exercise, and taking supplements specifically formulated for promoting healthy prostates.
- Ng M, Baradhi KM. Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia. StatPearls. Published online August 8, 2022. Accessed November 30, 2022. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK558920/
- Leslie SW, Soon-Sutton TL, Sajjad H, Siref LE. Prostate Cancer. Genomic and Precision Medicine: Oncology, Third Edition. Published online October 10, 2022:277-284. doi:10.1016/B978-0-12-800684-9.00012-5
- Jian Z, Ye D, Chen Y, Li H, Wang K. Sexual Activity and Risk of Prostate Cancer: A Dose-Response Meta-Analysis. J Sex Med. 2018;15(9):1300-1309. doi:10.1016/J.JSXM.2018.07.004
- Shephard RJ. Physical Activity and Prostate Cancer: An Updated Review. Sports Med. 2017;47(6):1055-1073. doi:10.1007/S40279-016-0648-0
Kwon Y. Use of saw palmetto (Serenoa repens) extract for benign prostatic hyperplasia. Food Sci Biotechnol. 2019;28(6):1599. doi:10.1007/S10068-019-00605-9