Do you know what the prostate does?
Beyond growing moustaches in support of prostate cancer awareness, not everyone appreciates the full scope of what the prostate actually does. It's a gland that sits just below the bladder and surrounds the male urethra. It produces fluid that combines with sperm (from the testicles) and other fluids to support fertility, with the help of surrounding muscles. Also, the prostate is responsible for transforming testosterone to its active state.
Prostate cancer is at the forefront of the November awareness campaign, but BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia) frequently impacts men as they age. As the prostate enlarges and compresses the flow of urine, symptoms commonly present like nighttime urination, reduced flow, and bladder infections, in addition to low testosterone levels (which can show up as low energy and loss of muscle mass.)
There are several ways to support prostate health:
- Lycopene - found in cooked tomatoes
- Green tea - antioxidant
- Omega 3 - fish oil, flax, chia seeds are all antiinflammatory
- Pumpkin seeds - zinc
- Clean meats & dairy, or reduced consumption
- Being active
- Vitamins E & D
- Stinging nettle
- Saw palmetto
Yours in health,
"Health is like money. We never have a true idea of its true worth until we lose it."
~ Josh Billings