When a man reaches the age of 25 his prostate begins to grow. It’s a process called benign hyperplasia or BHP and it’s the most common form of prostate enlargement. It happens when cells in the prostate abnormally divide and multiply, causing the organ to enlarge.
According to Harvard Medical School, BHP is a benign condition that doesn’t lead to prostate cancer but can make life miserable for the 50 percent of men over the age of 50 who are affected by this condition. The most common complaints are sexual and urinary difficulties.
- A hesitant, interrupted weak stream of urine
- An urgency to urinate, leaking or dribbling
- A sense of incomplete emptying
- Mmore frequent urination, especially at night
Here are some natural supplements and remedies to shrink an enlarged prostate:
- Pygeum. According to Medical News Today, this supplement, also known as African plum extract, has an anti-inflammatory effect in the urogenital tract. Researchers at the Department of Urology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York found that 100 milligrams split into to two doses worked best.
- Saw Palmetto. This long-studied herb is one of the most popular products to treat an enlarged prostate. Studies show that it can significantly improve the signs and symptoms in BPH, especially nighttime urination.
- Green Tea. Green tea contains catechins known as EGCG that have been shown to destroy certain bacteria and viruses, enhance the immune system and combat several forms of cancer. EGCG, according to studies, appears to be useful in managing BPH. But it’s important to note that green tea contains caffeine which stimulates the bladder and may worsen certain symptoms.
- Zinc. The prostate has a higher concentration of zinc than any other organ in the body, except the bones. The trace mineral appears to play a role in balancing male hormones that stimulate the growth of both malignant and benign prostate cells.
- Lycopene. This naturally occurring pigment found in deep pink or red fruit and veggies has been examined in double-blind studies and found to be effective in not only inhibiting the progression of BPH but also treating symptoms. You can take supplements or increase your intake of foods such as tomatoes, watermelon, red bell peppers, carrots and apricots.
- Exercise. Interestingly, Kegel exercises, most commonly associated with childbearing women, are great for men with BPH. They help strengthen the muscles of the pelvic floor. To locate which muscles are involved, stop urinating midstream and concentrate on the muscles you just used. Lying on the floor, contract those muscles and hold for three seconds. Release for three seconds and repeat as frequently as you need. Traditional exercises such as walking, swimming and biking are also valuable. According to Rush University Medical Center, exercise can help you lose weight and maintain a healthy weight which helps lower the risk of prostate problems. The Mayo Clinic points out that exercise also helps balance the body’s hormones, which can affect the prostate.
- Change your diet. According to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, a diet rich in fruits and vegetables increases your intake of antioxidants that destroy free radicals that tamper with healthy cells. Limit saturated fat, processed meats, and increase your consumption of fish which contains healthy, omega-3 fatty acids.
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