A healthy prostate can add years to your life and save you many painful doctor visits. Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in American men. About 1 in 36 men die of prostate cancer every year and over 240,000 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed this year alone in the U.S. Prostate problems generally arise in men over the age of 50 and are seldom seen in younger men.
The prostate is a walnut sized gland at the base of the bladder that encircles the urethra, which is the tube through which urine is voided. The prostate gland produces prostatic fluid which makes up the bulk of the male ejaculation and nourishes and transports the sperm.
The exact cause of prostate cancer is still unknown although there are some risk factors that have been associated with its development. Men over the age of 65, afro American men and men who a first degree relative (parent or sibling) with prostate cancer are at increased risk. The incident is much higher among married men and there is also an increased risk in men who have recurring prostate infections, those with a history of venereal disease and those who have take testosterone.
Quick diet tips for a healthy prostate:
- Eat plenty of grapefruit, watermelon, tomatos and tomato products such as tomato juice and tomato based sauces. All of these contain lycopene which has been known to protect against prostate cancer.
- Include in your food diet plenty of foods that are high in zinc, such as mushrooms, pumpkin seeds, and seafood such as salmon, mackerel and sardines, spinach and sunflower seeds.
- Avoid red meat. There is a definite correlation between high red meat consumption (five days a week or more) and the development of prostate cancer.
- Vitamin E is known to reduce prostate inflammation and may also protect against cancer. Good sources of Vitamin E include, vegetable oil, nuts, seeds and wheat germs and whole grains.
- Avoid spicy foods as well as caffeine and alcohol.