When it comes to prostate health, most men fear prostate enlargement which affects nearly 1 in 6 men in the United States alone. However, the news about prostate isn’t all that bad. There are ways to prevent prostate problems and symptoms and the following prostate enlargement tips can help. Prostate enlargement is also called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and its causes include age, lack of exercise or too much exercise, hormonal imbalance etc. Here are some natural remedies to prevent prostate issues and even shrink prostate fast.
1. Pumpkin seeds
Pumpkin seeds are an effective home remedy for prostate problems and many patients have benefitted from their use. Almost all seeds are rich in unsaturated fats which benefit prostate health. All men above 50 years of age having urinary issues or pain and burning in the prostate area must take 60 mg of pumpkin seeds daily. You can make a powder of the seeds and add it to your recipes. Mix the powder with some water and honey and drink the mixture every morning. You may also add the paste to milk or eat pumpkin seeds as is like a snack.
2. Vegetable juices
Vegetable juices are an important addition in your enlarged prostate diet. Carrot and spinach juices are particularly valuable. Drink 500 ml of mixture of both juices or, alternatively, 200 ml spinach and 300 ml carrot juice daily.
Many supplements can shrink prostate naturally and fast. Zinc is a valuable mineral that can help with many prostate issues. Take about 30mg daily.
4. Vitamin E
Of all the supplements necessary for healthy prostate, vitamin E is one of the most important ones. You need about 600 IU of this vitamin daily. Additionally, you may include prostate natural treatment foods like eggs, nuts and seeds, green leafy vegetables etc.
5. Bee pollen and Royal Jelly
To prevent recurrent infections associated with enlarged prostate, take bee pollen and Royal Jelly with warm water every morning. You can also make a tea with nettle leaves and add pure honey and bee pollen. This will strengthen the immune system and prevent infections.
6. Organic apple cider vinegar
Take organic apple cider vinegar three times a day to prevent urinary problems like frequent urination. Men taking ACV three times a day found that they can actually sleep better without having to get up to urinate at night.
7. Blackstrap molasses
Blackstrap molasses help relieve bladder pressure and prevent urinary infections. Take it regularly to improve urine flow.
8. Cayenne pepper
Take 3 tablets of Cayenne pepper (500 mg) thrice a day to improve urine flow affected by enlarged prostate.
9. Lifestyle changes
Many lifestyle changes can prevent enlarged prostate related problems including urinary flow. These include:
- Limit intake of alcoholic beverages as well as caffeinated drinks that irritate the bladder
- Drink less in the evening but keep up your fluid intake during the day.
- Eat more fruit and fiber to prevent constipation. This will prevent pressurizing the bladder
- Try double voiding- which means emptying the bladder twice in succession. This will help you in case you do not have access to a toilet when traveling etc.
- Urethral massage/Reflexogy- self massaging just beneath the scrotum at the base of the penis can also remove leftover urine and help avoid dribbling.
10. Herbal remedies
Saw palmetto and red stinkwood (also known as African Plum) are some complementary therapies used for prostate enlargement prevention. Both these herbs contain phytosterol compounds which are similar to cholesterol and support prostate health. Men with prostate enlargement often find relief with urinary difficulties upon taking these regularly. However, you must consult your doctor before doing so.
11. Enlarged prostate diet
Men in their 50s (or those having an enlarged prostate) must watch what they eat. Limit consumption of saturated fats found in high fat dairy, cheese, red meat and fired foods as well as excess sugar and refined grains. Instead, focus on fruits and vegetables, and a diet rich in lycopene found in tomatoes, vitamin C and lutein. All these antioxidants can prevent complications resulting from enlarged prostate. Onions, spring onions, garlic, leeks as well as other allium containing vegetables offer protection against prostate cancer. Prostate enlargement home remedy using onion includes eating plenty of onions in any form.
12. Avoid sitting for prolonged periods
Men with sedentary lifestyles are more prone to BPH. So do avoid sitting for prolonged periods, get regular exercise such as running or walking and keep on your toes during breaks. A study conducted recently showed that greater the distance run per week correlated with lower risk in prostate enlargement as well as prostate cancer.
13. Make love more often
Ejaculation is very therapeutic as semen production is associated with prostate muscles. So making love regularly can aid in prostate health.
14. Wear cotton briefs
Tight underwear restricts the blood flow to the prostate gland and limits the nutrients that are needed to throw out the toxic buildup. Synthetic briefs also trap sweat directly over the prostate and harm the gland beneath.
15. Yoga for enlarged prostate
Sarvangasana is one of the best yoga poses for an enlarged prostate. The pose is shown in figure above.
If prostate enlargement is affecting your day-to-day life and the above home remedies and enlarged prostate diet do not help; then you might have to consider surgery. Talk to your doctor about the best solution for you.