If they live long enough, 9 out of every 10 American men will suffer with prostate trouble.
Fortunately, you have many options for easing prostate problems. Nutritional supplements can help with existing problems. Rye pollen, saw palmetto, Pygeum Africanum – and several other herbs – are all very effective.
Avoiding prostate problems would be even better. And a recent Korean study suggests there’s a good chance you can do it.
Doctors studied the prostate health of almost 500 men living on Jeju Island in Korea. Remarkably few of these men had prostate issues. Even among men well into their 80’s, rates barely reached 50%. And these results were close to those from other studies of Korean men.1
In other words, Koreans suffer from prostate trouble at about half the rate American men do.
The difference? I believe diet is key.
Kimchi – a fermented cabbage dish – is a staple across Korea. Cabbage is a cruciferous vegetable, and high in nutrients called isothiocyanates (ITCs). In many studies, ITCs show a positive effect on prostate health.
Eating so much cabbage – along with other vegetables – appears to help Korean men maintain prostate health.
Germany is another country where fermented cabbage is popular. Germans have been eating sauerkraut for centuries. And, sure enough, prostate problems in Germany also appear to be much less common than in the U.S.2
Fermented cabbage – or cabbage of any kind – isn’t your only option for the benefits of ITCs. Other cruciferous vegetables include broccoli, kale, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts.
If none of these veggies appeal to you, you can still get some benefit. Just eating lots of vegetables cuts your risk of prostate trouble.
A 2007 study found that the risk of prostate trouble drops as overall vegetable intake rises. The more veggies men eat, the lower their risk of prostate trouble. Especially veggies high in Beta-carotene, vitamin C and lutein.3
Overall, fruit doesn’t have the same effect. But there’s one fruit men should eat often: Tomatoes.
Tomatoes are loaded with lycopene. Lycopene is closely related to vitamin A and Beta-carotene. And it seems to have a “turbo-boost” effect when used with proven herbs, such as saw palmetto.4
Tests show tomato sauce and paste are probably the most effective foods for lycopene’s beneficial effect. But don’t pass up fresh tomatoes right out of the garden.
Finally, to cut your prostate risk, you can follow some old hippie advice: Eat yogurt.
Low-fat yogurt is a good source of zinc. And studies show that men with prostate problems tend to have lower levels of zinc than men with healthy prostates.5
Pork and dark-meat poultry are somewhat better sources of zinc than yogurt. But they’re higher in unhealthy fats, so I’d make them a 2nd choice.
Low-fat yogurt with live cultures also boosts digestive and immune health. So it’s a prostate champ with a bonus. Choose organic yogurts to avoid traces of antibiotics and other chemicals used in non-organic farming.
Yours in continued good health,
Best Life Herbals Wellness Team
1 Huh, J.-S., et al, “Prevalence of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia on Jeju Island: Analysis from a Cross-sectional Community-based Survey,” World J Mens Health. Aug 2012; 30(2): 131-137.
2 Berges, R. “Epidemiology of benign prostatic syndrome. Associated risks and management data in German men over age 50, “Urologe A. Feb 2008; 47(2): 141-148.
3 Rohrmann, S., et al, “Fruit and vegetable consumption, intake of micronutrients, and benign prostatic hyperplasia in US men,” Am J Clin Nutr. Feb 2007, 85(2): 523-529.
4 Squadrito, F. and Morgia, G., “The association of Serenoa repens, lycopene and selenium is superior to Serenoa repens alone in reducing benign prostatic hyperplasia,” Urologia. 2011; 78(4): 297-299.
5 Aydin, A., et al, “Oxidative stress and antioxidant status in non-metastatic prostate cancer and benign prostatic hyperplasia,” Clin Biochem. Feb 2006; 39(2): 176-179.
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