September 29, 2008

How To Improve Prostate Health With Nuts?

How To Improve Prostate Health With Nuts?

Men above the age of 50 begin to experience problems with their prostate. Prostate health is receiving major attention considering the fact that cancer of the prostate is one of the leading killers in men. How can men take better care of their prostate with diet?

While still debate rages on as to what causes prostate enlargement and cancer in some men and not others, there is ample evidence that a good diet can benefit most men in warding off prostate enlargement and cancer.

Prostate enlargement is associated with frustrating symptoms like increased frequency of urination, inability to empty the bladder completely, waking up more often at night to relieve oneself and sexual dysfunctions. All enlarged prostates do not lead to cancer but once enlarged it is essential that a close watch is kept over how the prostate behaves. Genetics and diet play a major role in the outcomes of prostate health. A diet that is poor in anti-oxidants can lead to the development of cancers in general and prostate cancer in particular.

In today's highly competitive and fast-paced lifestyle, the first thing that men tend to ignore is their diet. In a constant rush all the time preference is given to grab fast-food on the way to office rather than eat a healthy home cooked meal. Little do men realize that unhealthy dietary habits can contribute to prostate enlargement and cancer eventually. Dietary supplements seem to be the most convenient remedy to limit the potential for the prostate to cause problems. Many herbs are available to boost the prostate health. A conscious change in dietary habits and lifestyles, however, can prove to be a permanent solution for ensuring that the prostate remains in good health throughout life.

Vitamin E and Selenium are two powerful dietary supplements. Brazil nuts, almonds and hazelnuts are good sources for these two. Selenium is a potent anti-oxidant and also boosts the immune system. Selenium increases the body's defenses and also fights cancer cells on its own. Vitamin E is a fat soluble antioxidant, found in good quantities in hazelnuts, walnuts, peanuts, chestnuts and coconuts. Oils obtained from wheat germ, sunflower, soybean and olives are other natural food items that are rich in Vitamin E. There are several studies that show that a diet rich in Vitamin E can help prevent prostate and breast cancer. Vitamin E when combined with Selenium can drastically reduce the incidence of prostate cancer.

Nuts when consumed in reasonable quantities (a handful two to three times per week) are effective in preventing prostate enlargement and cancer. Remember that too much nuts can lead to elevated Cholesterol levels which is not good.

By Rajgopal Iyer

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