If you don’t know much about your prostate, you certainly are not alone. There are a lot of men who don’t. That being said, it is necessary to get educated to monitor and maintain your health as you get older. Especially because prostate issues are a leading cause of health issues for men.
The prostate is a small organ approximately the size of a walnut. It lies below the bladder and surrounds the urethra. The prostate plays an essential role in both proper sexual function, reproduction, and protection from bladder infections.
More than 50% of men in their 60s and as many as 90% of men in their 70s experience challenges with an enlarged prostate. Men in their 40s often even notice changes in urinary patterns due to prostate issues, including getting up at night to use the restroom. Additionally, more than 30 million men suffer from prostate conditions that negatively affect their quality of life, including prostate cancer. According to the US Center for Disease Control, aside from non-melanoma skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men in the United States. It is also one of the leading causes of cancer death among all men.
The good news is there are ways to proactively support the health of your prostate. No matter what, you should be exercising regularly, eating lots of fruits and veggies, and absolutely avoiding tobacco. Besides these baseline targets, there are additional ways to support your prostate health.
#1: Talk About It!
Know your family history.
Some men don’t share their prostate problems with their immediate family, including their sons. Related men in the family need to be aware of a family history of prostate problems – especially prostate cancer.
Talk to your doctor about your prostate!
Don’t leave this topic, “unspoken.” If you’re in for your blood pressure checkup, set a plan with your doctor to also talk about your prostate at some point. A discussion (and possible exam/testing) about the prostate should be included in your annual physical. If your doctor doesn’t bring it up, you should ask the question. Having a “prostate plan” (which may include regular prostate exams and possible blood testing) is vitally important- especially if there is a family history of prostate cancer. Remember, if your father or brother has had prostate issues, your chances of developing prostate-related challenges significantly increases. All men over 40 should be talking to their doctors about setting a “prostate plan” for now and the future.
#2: What are you Eating?
Dietary choices can have a significant impact on prostate health, too. We all know that eating more antioxidant containing fruits and vegetables is vital in maintaining your health, and this includes the prostate. As well, foods that are high in selenium have been shown to support the health of the prostate. Some of these include eggs, tuna, garlic, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, and wheat germ. Zinc is also known to nutritionally support the prostate and can be found in oysters, sesame seeds, dark chocolate, and peanuts. Plant phytosterols (especially the powerful beta-sitosterol) found in walnuts, cashews, and avocadoes can also be beneficial for enlarged prostates.
#3: Consider a Prostate Specific Supplement
Along with a healthy diet, using a specific prostate supplement may be helpful to nutritionally support your prostate.* Fortunately, there has been much research in using nature-based herbals and phytonutrients for the promotion of prostate health. Saw Palmetto, Beta-sitosterol, pygeum, and others have been investigated for prostate health. Other substances like cranberry, grape seed extract, and even nettle root have also been studied regarding urinary health. The minerals Selenium and Zinc may also play supportive roles. One option for prostate health support is with the ENIVA Natural Health Prostate formula. This supplement contains these specialized botanicals, along with other nutrients to support the health of your prostate in a nature-based way.
The Eniva Natural Prostate Health formula is doctor-formulated with ingredients that:
Support the health and size of the prostate*
Support healthy urinary flow and frequency*
Promote healthy bladder function*
Promote hormonal balance*
Supports sexual health*
PS: One side benefit of the Eniva Prostate Formula is it also supports full and healthy hair* – more on that later in another blog!