Posted on 5th November 2019 at 11:16
Men’s Health – Movember A Happy Healthy Prostate
The prostate gland is part of the male reproductive system that surrounds the bladder and urethra. It is about the size of a walnut and grows throughout a man’s life. As you age, it’s important to maintain a healthy prostate.
The gland can become enlarged, and prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers in men.Good nutrition thorough out life is important but can also help to support a healthy prostate in the older years....
Here are a few to include in your diet:Maintain A Healthy Weight: Studies suggest that excess calorie consumption may increase issues with the prostate such as enlargement of the prostate. It’s important to maintain a healthy weight via regular exercise and good nutrition.
Cruciferous Vegetables: These vegetables contain phytonutrients which act as powerful antioxidants. Some of these vegetables include cabbage, cauliflower, kale, radish, watercress and broccoli.Lycopene: This is the red pigment and a powerful antioxidant found in tomatoes, watermelons, guava, grapefruits and papaya. Studies suggest that regular consumption of lycopene food items may play a role in preventing prostate cancer.
Zinc: Low levels of the mineral zinc can increase levels of a potent type of testosterone linked to inflammation of the prostrate, fertility problems, aggression and hair loss. Zinc is found mostly in meats, fish, seafood, eggs, nuts and seeds and oysters are an especially good source.
Selenium: This mineral is also often destroyed by food processing and poor soil conditions. Selenium rich foods are: brazil nuts, oysters, tuna fish and sunflower seeds.
Vitamin D: With age, vitamin D levels may reduce. Researchers suggest that a deficiency in vitamin D may lead to increased risk of prostate cancer. Foods containing vitamin D include eggs, fish (e.g. mackerel, herring and sardines) and shiitake mushrooms.
Try some pomegranates: The pomegranate fruit is loaded with powerful antioxidants. So enjoy the fruit sprinkled on top of a salad or stir fry, or simply drink the juice with a small handful of unsalted nuts or seeds of your choice to keep blood glucose levels even.
Tomato and Broccoli Soup (supporting your prostate)
1 large head of broccoli, trimmed and cut into florets
1 onion, peeled and chopped
1 clove garlic, peeled and chopped1 tin chopped tomato
1 cup vegetable stock
1 tbsp. coconut oil (or oil of your choice)
Pepper to taste.
Heat the oil in a large saucepan.•
Add the onion and garlic and sauté gently for 3 minutes.•
Add the broccoli and cook for a further 2 minutes.•
Add the tomatoes and stock bring to the boil, cover and cook for 15 minutes until the broccoli is tender.•
Blend with either a hand blender or food processor.
Season to taste.•
Served with some sunflower seeded bread for some added zinc and selenium.•
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