Improving Prostate Health Through Food

The Prostate Awareness Foundation has recently recommended on its Facebook page two new restaurants that use food as medicine.

The importance of food for overall health is an ancient idea now being renewed by The Pharmacy Cafe and Seed to Leaf restaurants in Santa Rosa, California. The two restaurants offer body-friendly food which revives the ageless belief that food, herbs and spices are as powerful as medicine.

Obviously, the Prostate Awareness Foundation agrees.

A healthy diet can improve the health of the prostate, decrease the risk, or delay the development of diseases of the prostate which includes benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). The prostate is a gland controlled by hormones. In prostate cells, the male hormone testosterone is turned into another hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which causes the prostate enlargement characterized in BPH.

Science has long acknowledged that food impacts sex hormones, in positive and negative ways. Researchers have found that reducing the amount of meat and dairy consumption and increasing vegetable intake lowers the hormonal stimulation of the prostate, which consequently results in decreased risk of prostate problems. While eating meat every day triples the risk of benign prostatic hyperplasia and regular milk consumption doubles the risk. Meanwhile, eating vegetables regularly decreases the risk by four times, according to the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.

In an article posted online at The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, Dr. David Perlmutter suggests a diet of healthy plant-based foods to decrease prostate enlargement.

According to Perlmutter, supplements found effective in the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia include a natural plant extract called saw palmetto (Serenoa repens) to be taken in a dose of 160 milligrams twice a day; two tablespoon of cold-pressed flaxseed oil per day; 400 IU of vitamin E per day; and 100 mg of vitamin B6 per day.

Perlmutter also suggests that men reduce their consumption of alcohol and caffeine.

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