Making conscientious decisions about your diet and exercise regime can go a long way in maintaining prostate health. What you eat and how well you look after yourself undoubtedly affects your prostate health. Here’s a look at some of the healthiest foods you can eat to maintain good prostate health.
Ideally, a diet that is low in red meat and saturated fats and high is fresh vegetables, fiber and seafood is advisable to men of all ages. Your diet should include:
- Alliums: Alliums are bulbous plants such as garlic, scallions, spring onions, onions, chives and leeks that have numerous health benefits associated with them. One of the main health benefits of eating alliums is that it keeps the prostate functioning properly.
- Cruciferous vegetables: Cruciferous vegetables are those that belong to the cabbage family. These include cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, bok choy, kale, collard greens, Brussel sprouts, kohlrabi, Chinese cabbage, Napa cabbage, arugula, land and water cress etc are some example of cruciferous vegetables. Not only are they rich in anti-oxidants, but also vitamin C, soluble fiber, multiple nutrients and phytochemicals.
- Good carbs: Eliminate all sorts of white carbs from your diet and instead include good carbs found in fresh fruits and vegetables and whole grains such as whole wheat bread, whole grain pasta, brown or wild rice, cereals such as oat bran, millets, bulgur, wheat berries, millet, or hulled barley, quinoa etc. These carbs are high in fiber and nutrients and have a relatively low glycemic index.
- Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids: Omega-3 fatty acids have been known to help better heart health, decrease triglyceride levels and blood pressure. Try to include foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids to your diet such as salmon, anchovies and Bluefin tuna. Cook your food in olive oil and choose healthy fats such as nuts and avocados.
- Foods rich in anti-oxidants: Foods such as tomatoes, watermelons, pink grapefruits, guava and papaya contain lycopene, a powerful antioxidant. The body absorbs lycopene better when eaten with a little fat so try to sprinkle some olive oil on your salads or add it to your tomato-based soups or sauces.
- Selenium-rich foods: Eat more selenium-rich foods such as wheat germ, seafood and shellfish, beef liver, kidney, eggs, sunflower and sesame seeds, cashews, mushrooms, garlic and onions. Selenium-rich foods support good prostate health and are important for the proper functioning of our immune system.
- Natural supplements: Some men prefer taking health supplements to support healthy prostate functions such as Super Beta Prostate. Natural supplements are preferred by most so it is always advisable to read a few reviews of supplement before taking it. For example, if you read a Super Beta Prostate review, you’ll find that its ingredients include vitamin D, selenium and mixed sterols from natural plant sources.
The key to a healthy, proper functioning prostate is leading an active lifestyle. Maintain a healthy weight and try to exercise at least four times a week, avoid smoking and you should be good to go!