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Take Care of Your Prostate Naturally


B. Matus

Prostate diseases are very common in men over the age of 55 and your chances of getting one when you are over 80 become even greater. However, conventional treatments can leave you impotent and incontinent and others can leave you “chemically castrated.” Fortunately, there are natural ways to have a healthy prostate and maintain a “lifetime of sexual potency and male virility.”

Prostate diseases are often thought of as a natural part of the aging process, or to be caused by excess testosterone and eating red meats, however, there is growing evidence that this is not the case. So what causes prostate problems and how can you protect and heal your prostate? Keep reading to find out.

There are 3 major prostate conditions that you should know about.

The most common one is BPH (Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia). BPH occurs when your prostate continues to grow after having reached its full size. Sometimes, it can become larger than a baseball, which can interrupt or block the flow of urine.

The second most common prostate condition is Prostatitis. Prostatitis occurs when the prostate is infected or inflamed. Symptoms of prostatitis include a burning or stinging feeling when passing urine; lower abdominal pain, lower back pain, groin pain, or pain behind the scrotum; penile discharge; painful ejaculation; sexual problems and loss of sex drive.

Finally, the most dreaded prostate disease is prostate cancer. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among Canadian men, afflicting 1 out of 6 with a greater risk for men with a family history of the disease. Prostate cancer usually strikes men in their 40s and there are often no symptoms during the early stages of the disease so it is very important for men over 40 to have annual checkups.

Now that you know the three major prostate conditions let's talk about what causes them. You may have heard that testosterone is detrimental to prostate function and health, but this is not true. Studies show that your risk of developing a prostate disease actually increases as testosterone levels decrease, not the other way around as was previously thought. Testosterone can actually help to prevent many prostate conditions. It improves the reproductive, urinary, immune, and cardiovascular systems and also has a positive effect on your blood sugar, bone density, and muscle mass.

The real villain is Dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which is produced when your body combines testosterone with an enzyme called 5-alpha reductase. Exposure to stress and steroid related toxins increases the activity of this enzyme, causing a rise in your levels of DHT.
Other culprits are known as xenoestrogens, which are industrially made compounds like PCB, BPA, and Pthalates. These “industrial estrogens” mimic real estrogen, causing a body shift towards more feminine features.

Unfortunately xenoestrogens are everywhere in our daily environment from air pollution, plastic containers, and even food additives. Xenoestrogens send messages in the body that tell the prostate to keep growing and the prostate does what it is told. Preventing the accumulation of xenoestrogens in the body is an important part of protecting the health of your prostate.

However, not all estrogen is bad. It is found naturally in both women and in men, but having too much estrogen causes problems for everyone. Fortunately, recent studies have shown that there is a special phytonutrient that can lower estrogen levels naturally, without lowering testosterone:

Diindolylmethane, or DIM, is a naturally occurring phytonutrient found in high concentrations in cruciferous vegetables. DIM has been extensively studied and it is well known that it blocks estrogen receptor cite activity, helping you to maintain an optimal estrogen-testosterone balance and preventing an enlarged prostate. DIM has also been shown to protect against prostate cancer by supporting a healthy cell cycle and healthy cell proliferation, and to fight against cancer by inducing apoptosis (cell death) in prostate cancer cells.

You may not want the expense and hassle of taking another supplement, especially if you are still in good overall health. If this sounds like you, then I suggest that you choose foods to enhance your prostate health. As mentioned earlier, cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, kale, and cauliflower are high in DIM, and will help you to maintain a healthy prostate gland. Eating foods rich in Vitamin E also helps to prevent prostate cancer; foods like nuts (almonds, pistachios, walnuts, Brazil nuts), nut oils, seeds (pumpkin and sunflower), beef, apples and other fruit like mangoes and kiwis, oily fish (salmon, mackerel, sardines), avocados, spinach and other leafy greens like kale and collard. These vegetables can help to neutralize free radicals in your body, protect your cells from oxidation and inhibit damaged or cancerous cells from multiplying.

If your condition is more dire or you want more potent protection and are looking to supplement with DIM, a good, trusted brand is DIM-Plus from Nature's Way.




References:
"Indole-3-Carbinol and Prostate Cancer"
Fazlul H. Sarkar and Yiwei Li December, 2004 Journal of Nutrition

"Indole-3-carbinol and 3,3′-diindolylmethane induce apoptosis in human prostate cancer cells"
M. Nachshon-Kedmia, S. Yannai, A. Hajb and F. A. Faresb
Food and Chemical Toxicology
Volume 41, Issue 6, June 2003, Pages 745-752

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