|Prostate enlargement (officially called Benign Hypertrophy), is a fear of
many men. It occurs when hormonal changes cause the prostate gland
to grow, putting pressure on the bladder and urinary system. Urination
can be painful with an accompanying burning sensation. Prostate
cancer is an enigmatic disease that affects 40 percent of the male
population over 50. The disease can be serious or cause little difficulty
One of the primary methods of preventing prostate cancer is through
dietary measures. Avoid high amounts of red meat, mayonnaise, butter
and creamy salad dressing. These substances increased the incidence
of death from prostate cancer.
Japanese men have a lower incidence of prostate cancer. Not
coincidentally, their diets are high in soy products and cold water fish.
Be sure to consume a healthy amount of raw vegetables, fruits, juices,
dried beans and brown rice.
Avoid refined foods like enriched flour products (bread, rolls, etc.)
coffee, tea and alcohol. Avoid beer because it may encourage the
pituitary gland which spawns a chemical reaction in the body that
results in an enlarged prostate.
Some supplements that help prostate health include zinc, which has
been shown to reduce prostate size; saw palmetto, which has been
used to treat conditions of the genitourinary system, especially in
males; ginseng, which has actually decreased the size of the prostate
in some studies; and prostat, an extract from pollen, which has
successfully treated men with prostate enlargement in Europe and