In this post, you’ll discover 4 foods for your prostate health and how they can help you stay on track as easy as possible.
When I was a little boy, I’d get up maybe 3 times a night out of boredom, hunger, or bathroom trips.
When I had my first kid, I was up throughout the night doing diaper changes and cuddles.
And now that I am nearing 60, I am waking up throughout the night to go to the bathroom.
It’s just a reality for most men my age.
A friend of mine in healthcare put it like this: as we age, everything in our body relaxes.
And when something relaxes, it doesn’t necessarily mean things get easier!
It’s kinda funny when you think about it.
Ageing is a terrible thing.
Getting older effects every part of us, and the prostate is no exception.
At this stage, I am ready to make a few lifestyle changes to support my prostate and general wellbeing.
I wish I had got into nutrition a little earlier.
A big change I decided to make was taking a prostate supplement.
I settled on VitaPost Prostate Plus.
This supplement has a wide range of plants, vegetables, and botanical extracts in the formula.
I love that it is a very comprehensive blend, compared to other supplements I looked at that focused solely on green tea extract or saw palmetto.
4 Best Plants for Your Prostate Health
Another good change I made was including many prostate-friendly plants in my diet.
Take a look at some of the best options below, as well as substitutes for picky eaters.
Many of these foods are found in Prostate Plus, however, they are still great additions to any man’s diet.
If green tea is your cup of tea, I have some great news for you.
This tea is considered one of the top drinks for prostate health.
Green tea is widely known for its antioxidant properties through micronutrients known as green tea polyphenols.1
If you choose to drink green tea, seek out brands that are caffeine-free.
Caffeine may irritate both the prostate and bladder – a bad combination if you are trying to reduce your bathroom trips! As caffeine can irritate the prostate, consider caffeine-free alternatives to everything – not just tea.
Consider decaf coffee and cut back on soft drinks and energy drinks.
In terms of antioxidants, there are a few other essential nutrients that stand out from the rest.
Green tea is great, but it doesn’t really compete with vitamins C, E, A, and minerals like selenium.
These specialized antioxidant nutrients are used by the body to power your ‘internal antioxidant potential’.
It’s important for a healthy prostate, and for general health, to eat a balanced diet with good amounts of these antioxidants: vitamin C (eg. from fruit), vitamin E (eg. from sunflower oil and seeds, peanuts, or spinach) and selenium (eg. from Brazil nuts).
Picky eater substitute: Another option is hibiscus tea. If you don’t like either tea, consider a prostate supplement with green tea extract and essential antioxidant nutrients.
VitaPost Prostate Plus contains 50 mg of green tea extract and is a high-potency source of both Vitamin E and Selenium.
Tomatoes are also a great source of vitamin C, potassium, folate, and vitamin K.
Tomatoes are considered a superfood because of how nutrient-dense they are.
These fruits owe their delicious red hue to a powerful antioxidant called lycopene.
Many studies have shown lycopene can support prostate health.2
Look for redder, vine-ripened tomatoes as these tend to contain more lycopene.
The lycopene accumulates during ripening, so the longer you can leave the fruit without picking, the better.
The health benefits of lycopene are thought to stem from its role as an antioxidant.
Lycopene is related to beta-carotene (vitamin A), which itself is a specialized antioxidant that’s commonly associated with eye health.
Tomatoes are one of the funny fruits that are better when not eaten raw.
Lycopene is tightly bound to cell walls, meaning the body has trouble extracting it from raw tomatoes.
Cooked or pureed tomatoes may actually be much better options.
I don’t know about you, but a tomato-based pizza topped with sundried tomatoes sounds pretty good right now!
Picky eater substitute: While tomato is a great source of lycopene, it is also found in watermelon.
As a nice bonus, watermelon is a natural diuretic, meaning it helps increase the flow of urine.
VitaPost Prostate Plus has 30 milligrams of tomato extract included in the formula, as well as being a high potency source of the essential antioxidant, Vitamin E.
A number of studies have shown that eating mushrooms can contribute to general health and prostate health.
At least some of the magic of the mushrooms seems to stem from their high levels of ergothioneine, a powerful antioxidant.
Ergothioneine is diet-derived and has shown potential for the support of a range of body systems.
Shiitake and king oyster mushrooms have some of the highest concentrations of ergothioneine.4
Mushrooms are relatively inexpensive and fairly flavourless.
If you can get past the dreaded mushroom texture, then it is worth considering adding a few servings of mushrooms to your meal plan.
Picky eater substitute: Despite their health benefits, mushrooms are considered one of the most disliked vegetables.
Other foods that are high in ergothioneine include liver, kidney, and some red or black beans.
If none of those sounds appetizing either, VitaPost Prostate Plus includes 10mg of maitake, 10mg of reishi, and 10mg of shitake mushroom extracts.
Sesame & Pumpkin Seeds
Sesame and pumpkin seeds are easy to add to many meals.
They also are a source of zinc. There are so many benefits to having a zinc-rich diet.
Zinc is a nutrient that is found throughout your body, one that helps support your immune system, metabolism, and wound healing.5
A healthy prostate depends on the availability of a relatively large amount of zinc in order to produce high levels of citrate – a major component of prostatic fluid.
Healthy levels of zinc are more commonly associated with a healthy prostate.
Zinc is also known as the ‘gatekeeper of the immune system’ for its essential role in almost all immune cells.
Especially as we age, we should be sure to get enough zinc.6
Picky eater substitute: Allergies or pickiness getting in your way?
Zinc is also found in poultry, seafood, and some nuts.
Alternatively, you can take zinc directly as a supplement.
VitaPost Prostate Plus includes 110% of the daily recommended value of zinc (as well as pumpkin seed extract) and includes a healthy dose of copper (200% DV) which is related in many ways to zinc.
So, What is Prostate Plus?
VitaPost Prostate Plus is a supplement offering natural prostate care.
This supplement claims to support a healthy prostate, support healthy urinary flow, and support urinary health.
As well as the ingredients I mentioned above, Prostate Plus includes an extensive blend of vitamins minerals and herbal extracts.
Some other notable ingredients include vitamin E, vitamin B6, copper, saw palmetto, cat’s claw, stinging nettle, and pygeum africanum.
If you’re like me, and you want to eat healthily but can’t stomach many kinds of awful foods, there are many nutritional reasons to choose Prostate Plus.
Find out more on www.prostateplus.net
Serving Size and Cautions
Prostate Plus can be purchased without a prescription.
Take two capsules a day with food or as directed by your healthcare professional.
Prostate Plus is a dietary supplement designed to nourish and nutritionally support prostate health.
Prostate Plus is not a cure, treatment, or preventative for any disease or medical condition.
If you have any concerns about the health of your prostate, you should talk to your healthcare professional.
- Forester, S. C., & Lambert, J. D. (2011). Molecular nutrition & food research, 55(6), 844–854.
- The story, E. N., Kopec, R. E., Schwartz, S. J., & Harris, G. K. (2010). Annual review of food science and technology, 1, 189–210. https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev.food.102308.124120