What a great idea! An enlarged prostate diet! Ok so we now understand that 50% of men over the age of 50 worldwide have prostate issues. There are some 60 million men in that category in the United States alone. So the prostate is a major issue. Enlarged prostates are everywhere among the men I talk to. Finding the best enlarged prostate diet with the 7 natural health foods is not so evident. I have told my story many times but for those reading for the first time let me quickly go over it.
In 2012 I was diagnosed with an enlarged prostate with 5% cancer trespassing in my organ. I didn’t have a great enlarged prostate diet. It wasn’t bad, bad but it wasn’t great either. I had a biopsy but this was the last time I went and saw a doctor. I found Don Tolman who is an amazing health guru (In a time of a million and one health guru’s, Don is the real deal!) Through Don’s protocols and teachings I healed myself. So the following 7 natural prostate health foods have in a large part come from Don Tolman and I have also added extra things that have helped me over the years keep my prostate running healthy.
I figure if you are reading this you already know what a prostate is and how it works and what can go wrong with it. If you don’t please read this.
This article is a great reference for men going through prostate issues. It is what I believe to be a great enlarged prostate diet and the best 7 natural prostate health foods. I haven’t listed my secret rolled oats recipe here as this is a list of individual foods. To learn about my secret rolled oats recipe watch the video below.
So here is my list of 7 natural prostate health foods. These foods have all been tested by me and I can vouch for each one.
Best 7 Enlarged Prostate Diet Health Foods
1. BRAZIL NUTS
To start an enlarged prostate diet you cannot go past Brazil nuts. Brazil nuts can help reduce the risk of prostate cancer. There are so many nuts in the world but this South American variety is an especially rich source of the mineral selenium, which is majorly important for prostate health.
Just one ounce of Brazil nuts contains more than 10 times the recommended daily allowance. Research is now available showing selenium can help reduce the risk of prostate cancer. See here.
Brazil nuts also contain zinc, another mineral that helps the prostate remain healthy. They contain all the amino acids to qualify as complete protein and are a good source of magnesium and thiamine.
Brazil Nut Tip – Brazil nuts have a high saturated fat content so restrict yourself to 3 to 4 ounces per week which is more than enough with its powerhouse of selenium to keep your prostate healthy.
Broccoli is a member of the cruciferous family so its brothers and sisters are things like kale, cauliflower and Brussel sprouts. Broccoli contains some amazing nutritional benefits in regards to prostate cancer.
It has very high amounts of phytonutrient sulforaphane and the indoles, both of which have excellent anti cancer properties.
Sulforaphane for example enhances the body’s detoxification enzymes, which helps to dispose of any cancer causing elements really quickly. Now there is a study by researchers at Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University that discovered that indole-3-carbinol, which is a natural part of broccoli and the rest of the cruciferous family, suppressed the growth of prostate cancer cells. But not just that it also inhibited the production of PSA. (prostate specific antigen)
Broccoli Tip – The best and healthiest way to eat broccoli is lightly steamed or sautéed for at the maximum five minutes. Any longer and it loses the anticancer benefits and nutrients. Cut the florets into pieces before you cook and just let them sit for 5 minutes. This allows the anti cancer elements to form before you cook. And finally add extra virgin olive oil, garlic and cayenne pepper to really boost the power of broccoli. Now eat as much as you can each week. Why wouldn’t you?
Cayenne pepper which is also better known as chilli peppers or capsicum, is the source of the cayenne spice. These peppers are hot as you no doubt know. Some mild but some bloody hot! They get their heat from a high concentration of capsaicin. Capsaicin is well know for its pain reliving properties but studies have also shown that yes it can destroy cancer cells including prostate cancer cells! So why aren’t you eating them?
And the thing I like about capsaicin is it has the ability to make prostate cancer cells ‘commit suicide’ (a process called apoptosis) Damn you cancer cells, kill yourselves! And they do!
Cayenne is also great for your cardiovascular system as it contains antioxidants that fight those pesky free radicals that can lead to inflammation. So there are lots of wars going on in your body each day when you eat cayenne.
Cayenne Tip – Use cayenne pepper in your smoothies and juices. Just a small amount can really spice them up and help your prostate at the same time.
4. SHIITAKE MUSHROOMS
Most people know that mushrooms are good for your thyroid but did you know they are great for your prostate health. Especially the Asian varieties like the shiitake. The shiitake has a 6,000 year history of proving it’s medical prowess. It contains lentinan, a type of beta-glucan, which has been proven to have anti cancer properties. A study in 2009 for example showed that mice who had been injected with human colon and breast cancer cells had the tumor’s suppressed with shiitake mushrooms.
These mushrooms also contain, like most vegetables, a potent antioxidant called L-ergothioneine. This antioxidants big claim to fame is exerting its properties to help and protect cells throughout the body including the prostate.
Mushroom Tip – Again only lightly steam your mushrooms. Add them to stews, salads, stir fries, soups and don’t forget pasta sauces. I also add them to my lunch with grilled tomatoes and avocado. Delicious!
I love tomatoes especially when I grill them and have them with mushrooms and avocado on a thick whole grain toast. Which is a great thing because tomatoes are at their best when cooked rather than raw.
They contain lycopene which is a carotenoid, which is one of a group of red, orange and yellow pigments found in plants. Lycopene is also a potent antioxidant that has proven itself in an absolute mountain of studies to enhance prostate health!
Cooking the tomato increases their antioxidant capacity and potency. It breaks down the cell walls of the tomato making the lycopene more accessible to the body. So tomato paste, soup, sauces, grilled tomatoes and juices are great for your prostate.
Germany’s Bonn University researchers have said that just one serving of cooked tomatoes a day could protect against the DNA damage that can set up prostate cancer.
Tomatoes help manage BPH (benign prostate hypertrophy) or enlarged prostate and keep PSA levels down.
Tomato Tip – Grill them, put them in all your food, drink the juice, make pizza with cooked tomato’s, stews and soups as above. Tomatoes are a great friend of your body’s!
Ok you have heard me talk about turmeric and read many articles I have written about turmeric and its great benefits for things like inflammation, heart disease, cancer, skin and Alzheimer’s to name but a few.
Turmeric’s active ingredient is curcumin, which gives the spice its bitter taste. A recent study at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, found that turmeric, combined with a phytonutrient derived from cruciferous vegetables (like I mentioned early – broccoli, cauliflower etc) may be effective in preventing and treating prostate cancer and that combined they significantly reduced tumor growth! Notice you don’t hear doctors or Big Pharma telling you these things?
Turmeric can also make the prostate cancer cells ‘commit suicide’. I love turmeric!
Turmeric Tip – Make your own turmeric paste which is known as Golden Paste. Use my recipe you will find here – How to make Golden Paste.
For the best Turmeric Supplements click here.
7. PUMPKIN SEEDS
Pumpkin seeds are very underrated. It’s always the turmeric, green coffee beans, Brazil nuts etc that get all the good media. But pumpkin seeds have some great benefits for the prostate. Especially for men with benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH). A contributing factor of BHP is overstimulation of the prostate cells by testosterone and dihydrotestosterone.
The oil in pumpkin seeds can help prevent hormones from triggering the multiplying of prostate cells. Which is brilliant! Pumpkin seed oil also contains carotenoids and omega 3 fatty acids. These also help reduce the risk of BPH.
Pumpkin Seed Tips – Pumpkin seeds also contain zinc which as we know also helps the prostate. So why the hell aren’t you eating them? Use pumpkin seeds as a little snack in the afternoon. Don’t have peanuts or a cake, have pumpkin seeds.
What is your Prostate Diet Like?
So there you have it. Foods you must incorporate into your enlarged prostate diet if you are serious about improving your prostate health. Do you eat these foods? Have you ever eaten these foods? Now you know what the best enlarged prostate diet is will you change your diet and maybe even your lifestyle? I would also encourage you to exercise, meditate, drink raw juices and non dairy smoothies, get plenty of sunshine, fresh air and good healthy relationships.
Let me know in the comments below what your diet is and if you plan on changing. Any questions please just fire away. Your prostate health is really important.
BONUS FOOD #8 – PROSTATE PLUS
And finally I want to quickly talk about the only prostate supplement I take that helps with any prostate issues. This really should be a part of everyone’s enlarged prostate diet. Prostate Plus. Prostate Plus is the only supplement I recommend and take. It contains all natural ingredients and helps with all the issues mentioned throughout this article. You can read a review on it here. Prostate Plus review.
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