Maintaining prostate health can help you avoid a wide variety of problems, not the least of which is prostate cancer (a form of cancer that will affect 1/6 of American men at some point in their lives). A good prostate cleanse can be just the ticket to jump-starting your prostate into good health. An effective cleanse will include the ingestion of ultra-prostate-friendly foods, supplemented by prostate-cleansing herbs.
Strive to eat only prostate-friendly foods for 3 days, then continue to incorporate these foods into your regular diet. Fish, high in cancer-fighting omega-3 fatty acids, is great for the prostate-—particularly cold-water fish such as mackerel and trout. Eat grapes (especially red grapes) and dark, leafy green vegetables. These foods help prevent the development of an enlarged prostate or of prostate cancer. Add some cauliflower, another prostate-cancer inhibitor, to your diet too 1.
- Strive to eat only prostate-friendly foods for 3 days, then continue to incorporate these foods into your regular diet.
- Fish, high in cancer-fighting omega-3 fatty acids, is great for the prostate-—particularly cold-water fish such as mackerel and trout.
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Ingesting high levels of calcium over time increases the risk of developing prostate cancer. Animal fats and trans-fatty acids are also hard on the prostate; consider cutting back on or completely eliminating red meat and high-fat dairy, margarine, baked foods and fried foods.
Lycopene, a nutrient that gives some fruits and vegetables their color, is a cancer-fighting antioxidant that shrinks the prostate, promoting overall health in the organ. Regular administrations of lycopene reduce the risk of developing prostate cancer—-and, in the case of an extant tumor, slow its growth. Lycopene occurs in especially high quantities in spaghetti sauce, watermelon, tomatoes, grapefruit and salsa.
Flaxseed oil, available at any health-food or herbal store, helps naturally balance the hormones in the prostate. Add 1 tsp. flaxseed to a glass of orange juice—or any other drink—once a day.
Also try saw palmetto, a natural antiseptic and astringent known for combatting pain, inflammation and enlargement in the prostate. Saw palmetto naturally shrinks any inflamed tissue in the urinary system and helps rid the body of toxins and irritants through regular, healthy urine flow. According to a Consumer Reports survey, a majority of men who used saw palmetto said it helped ease their prostate issues “somewhat” or “a lot.”
- Lycopene, a nutrient that gives some fruits and vegetables their color, is a cancer-fighting antioxidant that shrinks the prostate, promoting overall health in the organ.
- Flaxseed oil, available at any health-food or herbal store, helps naturally balance the hormones in the prostate.
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William Jackson has written, reported and edited professionally for more than 10 years. His work has been published in newspapers, magazines, scholarly journals, high-level government reports, books and online. He holds a master's degree in humanities from Pennsylvania State University.