Prostate hyperplasia: The most important foods that benefit men!

The prostate is a small walnut-shaped gland located just behind the male bladder.

Among other things, it helps produce sperm during sex, filters toxins to protect sperm and reduces the risk of urinary tract infections.

As a man gets older, his prostate is more likely to swell, a condition known in medicine as prostate hyperplasia. Prostate function is affected by powerful hormones, such as testosterone. Within the prostate, testosterone is converted to another hormone, dihydrotestosterone (DHT). High levels of DHT are what promote prostate swelling.

Some foods, such as the ones you will see below, contribute to good prostate health because they help control testosterone and other hormones.

Berries: Strawberries, blackberries, blueberries and raspberries are excellent sources of antioxidants, which neutralize harmful free radicals in the body.

Tomato: Provides valuable lycopene, a powerful antioxidant with significant benefits for the prostate. Cooking tomatoes (eg sauce or soup) helps to release lycopene to be better absorbed by the body.

Salmon: It is rich in beneficial Ω3 fatty acids, which prevent and suppress inflammation in the body.

Broccoli: Cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli and cauliflower, contain a chemical called sulforaphane, which works against prostate cancer cells.

Nuts: They provide zinc, a trace element that helps balance testosterone and DHT.

Citrus: Orange, lemon, lime and grapefruit are rich in vitamin C, which has a protective effect on the prostate.

Herbs: Herbal therapy is a fairly common and effective solution. The herbs used for prostate hyperplasia are:

Nettle: Mild diuretic herb that facilitates urination. It has anti-inflammatory action and helps treat dysuria.

Epilobium (Epilobium parviflorum): Herb with antibacterial and anti-inflammatory action. It contains β-sitosterols that act protectively on prostate hyperplasia, while providing anti-cancer protection.

Saw Palmetto: An herb rich in phytosterols, with antiandrogen and anti-inflammatory action, which inhibits the action of the enzyme (5-alpha reductase) to produce dihydrotestosterone, a substance responsible for increasing prostate size. It improves urine flow, promotes good bladder emptying and reduces symptoms such as discomfort when urinating, urination and nocturnal enuresis.

Pumpkin seed oil: Contains beneficial fatty acids and some active phytochemicals, such as cucurbitine and phytosterols. It prevents inflammation, relieves the symptoms of hyperplasia and relaxes the muscular walls of the bladder, as it inhibits the action of 5-alpha reductase, which converts testosterone to dihydrotestosterone.