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Foods that Support Prostate Health

foods that support prostate health

Try these foods that support prostate health.

During the month of September, we are reminded to check in with our prostate health, or the health of a loved one. One of the best ways we can do that is to seek out foods that support prostate health. So, today let’s talk about what that means.

Facts About the Prostate

The prostate is located just below the bladder and is part of the male reproductive system. Its role is to produce a fluid that makes up part of the semen. Normally, the prostate is about the size of a walnut and sits around the urethra, which is the tube that empties urine into the bladder.

When the prostate becomes enlarged, it can narrow that tube and decrease urine flow, leading to many health problems. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men, and it’s one of the leading causes of death among men each year.

Caring for Your Prostate

Men should keep a close eye on their prostate health by getting a routine physical each year. Eating foods that support prostate health is another easy way to protect your prostate and possibly avoid cancer.

There are also prostate supporting supplements that you can take daily, to ensure you are getting the vitamins and minerals you need for your prostate. For starters, try supplements like Prostate Support by Solgar or Healthy Prostate Formula by Professional Supplement Center.

Foods That Support Prostate Health

Supporting your prostate through diet is fairly easy. Here is a list of the foods that are thought to have a benefit to prostate health. Changing your diet and following up with your doctor may be all you need to stay prostate healthy.

  • Broccoli – Some studies show that eating a diet full of cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, can lower your risk of prostate cancer. Scientists believe a phytochemical called sulforaphane in these veggies targets and kills cancer cells, while sparing healthy normals cells in the prostate. Other cruciferous veggies include:
    • Brussel Sprouts
    • Cauliflower
    • Collard Greens
    • Cabbage
    • Kale
  • Green Tea – Already known for its use as a powerful antioxidant, researchers now believe that green tea may reduce your risk of prostate cancer by stunting tumor growth, among several other things. Try Tulsi Tea Green Tea by Organic India. Or, if you’re not a fan of drinking tea, you can still reap all of it’s wonderful benefits in a capsule, such as EGCG from Green Tea by Source Naturals.
  • Tomatoes – Here’s an easy one to add to your diet, some studies suggest that men who add more tomatoes to their diets, have less of a chance of developing prostate cancer. While these studies are still preliminary, it couldn’t hurt to give it a try. Some easy way to add more tomatoes to each meal include:
    • Tomato Juice
    • Pizza Sauce
    • Pasta Marinara
    • Caprese Salad
  • Omega 3s – Several studies report a link between consuming more omega 3 fatty acids and a lower risk of developing an aggressive form of prostate cancer. Omega 3s have tons of other health benefits as well. You can get them naturally in your diet by eating plenty of fish such as trout, salmon, mackerel and herring, or you can add a supplement to your daily routine.
  • Saw Palmetto – Used for thousands of years, the saw palmetto herb (as well as stinging nettle) are touted for their effect on the prostate by supporting healthy urine flow and decreasing inflammation.

Protecting your prostate can be easy by incorporating these foods that support prostate health. Maintaining a healthy weight and getting regular exercise also go a long way towards promoting a healthier you. Use this as a reminder to do a little extra for your prostate today!

The Little Gland No One Wants to Talk About

ProstateJacquieIconBy Jacquie Eubanks

Yes, it’s the prostate, that walnut-sized, muscular gland that is part of the male reproductive system. Located under the bladder and surrounding the urethra, the main functions of the prostate gland are to secrete prostate fluid, one of the components of semen, and to aid ejaculation of semen during male orgasm. Extremely important for both sexual and urinary functions, yet not essential for life, the prostate is an often misunderstood or overlooked gland. That is, until trouble develops. It is estimated that more than 30 million men suffer from prostate conditions that can negatively affect their quality of life. The prostate can be affected by a number of disorders, including prostatitis, benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH), and unfortunately, cancer.

Prostate problems are not unusual, as when men reach age 40 or so, it’s common for the prostate to slowly begin to enlarge. Statistics show that more than 50% of men in their 60’s and 90% of men in their 80’s may suffer from BPH, a non-cancerous prostate enlargement. As the prostate increases in size, it can compress the urethra, irritate bladder walls and interfere with normal urination. An enlarged prostate does not always cause symptoms, but many may initially notice a reduced urine flow or symptoms such as urgency or frequency of urination, especially during the night. Over time, more troublesome or embarrassing symptoms, including impotence or urine leaking, may develop and, for some, serious complications such as urinary retention can result. Depending on the severity of symptoms, treatments may include watchful waiting for mild symptoms, treatments such as drug therapies designed to improve urine flow, relax the muscles surrounding the prostate or shrink the prostate gland for moderate or more bothersome symptoms and, in more complicated cases, surgery.

Video Prostate

Prostatitis is an inflammation of the prostate gland that often results in swelling, pain in the lower abdomen or back, urination problems, sexual dysfunction and overall fatigue. Prostatitis can be bacterial or nonbacterial, acute or chronic. By far the most common problem is nonbacterial prostatitis, as an enlarged prostate is a risk factor for developing inflammation. Treatments can include anti-inflammatory medications, muscle relaxants, dietary changes, supplements, warm baths, increased fluid intake, stool softeners and more frequent sexual activity. Caused by a bacterial infection, acute bacterial prostatitis may necessitate a 4 – 6 week course of antibiotics, while chronic prostatitis may require up to 12 weeks of antibiotics.

Neither prostatitis nor BPH increase the risk of prostate cancer. However, as early warning signs of cancer are similar to the symptoms of non-cancerous BPH, it is always a good idea to see a doctor when any symptoms occur. Aging, family history and genetics, as well as a poor diet are sighted as risk factors for developing prostate cancer. In many cases, prostate cancer develops in older men, is slow growing and may not necessarily reduce life expectancy. When cancer is aggressive, treatment may slow the progress. Depending on the stage of cancer at diagnosis, treatments may include active surveillance, surgery, radiotherapy, hormone therapy and, in some cases, chemotherapy.

While an enlarging prostate may be inevitable for many, it does not always require treatment, as symptoms are often mild. As always, the best defense is a good offense. Reducing or avoiding caffeine may help with frequency and urgency. Nicotine is known to irritate the bladder, so stopping smoking may significantly improve symptoms. Along with the support of loved ones and friends, maintaining a healthy weight, following a balanced, plant-based diet rich in colorful vegetables, and regular physical activity may help decrease disease progression and reduce anxiety for those living with prostate conditions. A healthy lifestyle and a good attitude go a long way in supporting the immune system and overall wellness.  

The following products aid in supporting a healthy prostate and/or help to address symptoms of BPH:    

Prostate SupremeProstate Supreme by Designs for Health – Formulated to provide balanced and comprehensive support for prostate health, this product delivers targeted nutritional and antioxidant support for bladder function and for rejuvenation and maintenance of the prostate. Gluten, soy, dairy and yeast free, Non-GMO formulation.

Prost-Mate w/Maitake D FractionProst-Mate w/Maitake D Fraction® by Mushroom Wisdom – This unique formula is designed to promote healthy prostate function and a healthy immune system. The formula includes saw palmetto, lycopene, nettle root powder and antioxidant green tea, along with phytonutrients and Maitake TD-Fraction®. Dairy and yeast free, no artificial colors or preservatives.

Healthy Prostate FormulaHealthy Prostate Formula by Longevity Science – Designed to support prostate health, this formula includes saw palmetto berry extract standardized to 85-95% free fatty acids, active phytochemicals shown in scientific studies to be beneficial for prostate health.


Guna-ProstateGuna-Prostate by Guna Biotherapeutics – This homeopathic formula is designed to provide temporary relief of symptoms relating to benign prostate hypertrophy (BPH), including slowed or delayed start urination, urgency, incontinence and painful urination.


Nettles Max-V (Stinging Nettle) (77359)Nettles Max-V (77359) by Douglas Laboratories – This herbal formula provides 250 mg of standardized nettles extract per capsule. Urtioca dioica (nettles) is believed to play important roles in supporting a healthy prostate and may help relieve symptoms relating to BPH. Gluten, soy, dairy and yeast free.

The Paleo Diet – So Easy Even a Caveman Can Do It

cavemanBy Jacquie Eubanks BSN, RN

The Paleo diet is based on the principle that we should be eating the same foods as our ancient hunter-gatherer ancestors.  During the Paleolithic era, our forebearers ate a combination of grass-fed animal meats (including fat and organs), seafood and shellfish, eggs, tree nuts and seeds, fruits, vegetables (likely as leaves, roots and stems), honey, mushrooms, birds and insects.  We drank water, perhaps some kinds of herbal tea and possibly coconut water.  We did not eat salt, sugar, legumes, dairy nor any cultivated grains.  The basic premise behind the Paleo diet is that our bodies are genetically and evolutionarily designed to thrive on caveman-era foods, and that if you can’t forage for it, hunt for it or gather it, humans are not designed to consume it.  Theory holds that on this diet humans led a healthy existence for a million years or more. 

Although this diet is currently gaining in worldwide popularity, “The Stone Age Diet,” authored by Walter Veogtlin was originally self-published in 1975.  Many proponents of the diet insist that this way of eating has improved their health, increased their energy, and helped them lose and then maintain their optimal weight.  Critics hold that the diet is too strict and that elimination of whole groups of foods such as grains and dairy is not necessarily healthy.  Advocates claim lowered risk of heart disease, diabetes and cancer, as well as improved sleep, higher immune function and a general feeling of wellbeing.  Proponents claim that although the diet seems initially restrictive it actually opens the door to a wide selection of healthier food choices.

The Paleo diet is purported to have the following benefits:

  • Healthy cells –  Cells require fats for growth and maintenance.  The Paleo diet suggests a balance of fats in healthy amounts.
  • Healthy brain – One of the sources of protein and fat suggested by the Paleo diet comes from cold water fish especially wild-caught salmon, which is packed full of omega 3 fatty acids that support brain, eye and heart health. 
  • Builds muscles  –  The diet relies heavily on protein that is used for building muscle mass, supporting improved metabolism. 
  • Gut health – Sugar, processed foods and unhealthy fats all cause inflammation in the intestinal tract which can contribute to leaky gut syndrome.  Elimination of these foods allows complete digestion and absorption of foods.
  • Provides vitamins and minerals – A variety of colorful vegetables is a basic part of the diet, which recommends you eat a large amount of them. 
  • Limits fructose – The diet recommends eliminating some fruits that are high in fructose such as bananas, and limiting fruit consumption to 2-3 pieces daily. 
  • Allergy reduction – The diet suggests minimizing or eliminating foods known to be allergens for some people such as dairy, peanuts and grains.  This diet is naturally gluten and casein free. 
  • Reduced inflammation – Many of the foods on the Paleo diet are considered anti-inflammatory and focuses on foods containing omega 3’s.  Pasture raised animal protein has a higher ratio of omega 3’s to omega 6’s, leading to a better balance of fatty acids. 
  • Weight loss – The Paleo diet is low carb by design.  Simply reducing processed foods limits carbohydrates which fuels weight loss.  A low carb diet is associated with improvements in some coronary heart disease factors. 
  • Increased insulin sensitivity – Constant feeding of processed and sugary foods desensitizes the body’s response to insulin.  When insulin is not used effectively, glucose is not properly absorbed by the cells which can lead to prediabetes or type 2 diabetes.  A healthy diet low in sugar and fat along with maintaining a healthy weight can help reverse insulin resistance.
  • Reduced risk of disease –  The Paleo diet focuses on eating whole foods and avoiding foods that are known to be harmful to health such as processed foods, fast foods, and foods high in sugar, corn syrup and unhealthy fats. 

“The diet may put you in sync with your genetic requirements and thus boost your health if its theory is correct,” says Jack Challem in the Nutrition Reporter article “Paleolithic Nutrition: Your Future is Your Dietary Past.”  Eating a modern diet, on the other hand, makes you more susceptible to cancer, coronary heart disease, diabetes, and many other modern-day diseases, says Challem, also the author of “Stop Prediabetes Now” and “The Inflammation Syndrome.”

From a historical perspective, agriculture was introduced about 10,000 years ago.  Around 1900 with the Industrial Age came refined sugar and grains.  That means, from a genetic perspective, 100,000 generations survived as hunter-gathers, 500 generations utilized agriculture, 10 generations have followed the Industrial Age and only a few generations have been exposed to highly processed and fast foods.  Elimination of foods known to increase the risk for many of our current health conditions is of great benefit.  The American Heart Association recommends eliminating processed and fast foods that have little nutritional value and are high in unhealthy fats, added sugars, and sodium.  A modified version of the Paleo diet, with less restriction on low fat dairy, legumes and whole grains, may be just the answer to increased health and wellness. 

Products by Designs for Health that support the Paleo Diet:

PaleoGreens Powder –  PaleoGreens is a great tasting, unflavored greens food made with organic ingredients with the principles of wholesome Paleolithic nutrition in mind.  It contains cleansing, regenerative and alkalinizing grass juices, algae, enzymes, and prebiotics, combined with high ORAC value vegetables, fruits and berries.

PaleoCleanse  –  PaleoCleanse contains quality macronutrients to fuel detoxification pathways, a full multivitamin/mineral for detoxification enzyme support, all the nutrients needed to support and balance phase I and II metabolic pathways, and high levels of antioxidant support for safe detoxification.

PaleoBar –  Available in a variety of flavors, PaleoBars are a micronutrient dense, health promoting snack/meal supplement that can be very beneficial in the implementation of a successful low-carbohydrate eating plan.