It is a sad fact of life that many men over the age of 60, and some younger ones, develop some of the symptoms of prostate problems. The three most common ailments are benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), prostatitis, an inflammatory infection, and prostate cancer. BPH is so common that most doctors consider it a natural consequence of male aging. To avoid ever having to have surgery, follow the advice below! In among the home remedies we recommmend are prostate pills containing Saw Palmetto.
The prostate is small gland located just below the bladder whose function is to produce the seminal fluid that carries sperm. It comes into effect about puberty and continues to grow from then on. This enlargement doesn't usually cause problems until about the age of 60 or later.
An enlarged prostate is a problem because it puts pressure on the urethra, creating difficulties with urination and weakening the bladder. Some of the symptoms are difficulty in urinating, frequent urination, difficulty in starting urination, an inability to empty the bladder, a burning sensation when urinating and pain behind the scrotum. Some men ignore the problem, hoping it will go away, which is a bad idea, as it does not go away. Left untreated, it can get progressively worse and lead to dangerous complications, including bladder and kidney infections.
Here are some tried and tested prostate health supplements from natural sources all of which are readily available.
Pumpkin seeds. The seeds contain diuretic substances and are rich in zinc, which helps repair and build the immune system. The best way to enjoy pumpkin seeds is to remove the shells and eat them plain. You can also brew them in a tea. Crush a handful of fresh seeds and place in the bottom of a pint jar. Fill with boiling water, allow to cool to room temperature, and then strain. Drink a pint of pumpkin seed tea a day.
Corn silk. When fresh corn is in season, cut the silk from 6 ears. Put in 2 pints of water, simmer for ten minutes and strain. Drink 3 cups a week.
Fish. Fish is a good way to prevent many illnesses. Try to get 2 servings a week of fish high in omega-3 oils, such as tuna, mackerel, or salmon.
Soy. Soy-based foods contain phytoestrogens, which help reduce testosterone production, which aggravates prostate growth. The phytoestrogens limit the growth of blood capillaries that form around the prostate.
Tomatoes. Would you believe that spaghetti sauce is good for you! Studies have shown that as little as 2 servings of tomatoes a week can help men reduce their risk of prostate problems. These red vegetables, or are they fruits, are full of lycopene, an antioxidant compound.
Watermelon seeds. Use watermelon tea to flush out the system and help with bladder and prostate problems. Enjoy a slice of watermelon and spit the seeds in a cup. Place 1/8 cup fresh watermelon seeds in a pint jar and fill with boiling water. Let the tea cool, strain, and drink. Take 1 pint a day for ten days.
Saw palmetto. The extract of the berries improves urinary flow rates and reducing the symptoms of BPH. Palmetto extracts can be purchased at the health food store. Consult your doctor for recommended dosages of natural prostate remedies.
As a final word, here are some good all round tips. Do remember to drink 8 glasses of water a day, limit your intake of fatty foods and red meats and watch your alcohol intake. Also schedule an annual prostate exam. Catching problems early is vital.