As men get older, they start to experience problems with their prostate, a small gland near the bladder. Whether it is an enlarged prostate or prostate cancer, your prostate can give you plenty of trouble, so start taking care of it by eating these foods. Also, try to avoid consuming caffeine, alcohol, refined flour, red meat and too much sugar.
Tomatoes contain lycopene, an antioxidant that helps prevent prostate cancer. Studies have found that men who eat more tomatoes (especially cooked tomatoes) are less likely to get prostate cancer. Other orange-red colour fruits and vegetables, like guavas, watermelon and bell peppers also have high levels of lycopene.
As unpopular as broccoli can be, it happens to have several health benefits, including improving prostate health. It is a cruciferous vegetable that has phytochemicals that target cancer cells and leave prostate cells unharmed. Studies have found that cabbage and cauliflower also have similar phytochemicals and can be effective in fighting prostate cancer.
Legumes like lentils (daal), peanuts and beans contain phytoestrogens, which suppress tumour growth in prostate cells. Soyabean especially is good for your prostate, reducing the risk of developing prostate cancer by 30 percent. You can consume it in the form of soya nuggets, tofu or soya milk products.
Drinking pomegranate juice is a good way to beat prostate cancer. In fact, for men who are already suffering from prostate cancer, drinking pomegranate juice is a good way to slow down its progression.
Fish contains high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, which help balance your omega-6 levels. Studies have found that men who don’t eat fish are two or three times more likely to develop prostate cancer than men who eat fish regularly.
Sesame seeds, or til as they are known in Hindi, are a good source of zinc, which is essential for a healthy prostate. While you can take zinc supplements, your body absorbs it better from food, so it is better to eat sesame seeds.
Avacadoes are rich in beta-siterol, which helps to reduce the symptoms of an enlarged prostate. It also improves urine flow and strengthens the immune system, reducing inflammation and pain.
Switch from refined flour to whole grains, for they contain Vitamin E, fibre, selenium and phytochemicals, all of which are good for prostate health.
Oats contain high amounts of selenium, which is a mineral that offers protection against problems related to your prostate. An antioxidant, it is found in Brazil nuts and brown rice as well.