Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Prostate Health

General Information

Male Prostate

The prostate is a male-specific organ that is located under the bladder. It embraces the urethra so that its enlargement can affect the urinary flow. After decades of study, the full function of this organ has not become clear. The prostate seems to have a supportive role for the male reproductive system, but the fact is that even removing the prostate has not affected fertility. Still, this organ is one of the most common causes of male’s health issues. The prostate cells may start growing in number after age 40, which over time, can lead to urinary symptoms. Once enlargement begins, it won’t take long to develop Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms known as LUTS, which is not dangerous of course, but can affect the quality of life. The situation is medically termed as benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH, which requires medical attention provided by a urologist.

One of the most accepted mechanisms that can result in prostate growth is male hormonal imbalance. In concordance with age, the testosterone (main male hormone) levels decrease, but the levels of active form of this hormone are either intact or increased. The active form of testosterone is called dihydrotestosterone or DHT for short. DHT is also recognized as the main cause of androgenetic alopecia or male baldness.

Studies all around the world especially over the past few decades have shown that diet and lifestyle can influence the prostate metabolic balance and enlargement. Consumption of certain types of foods such as meat, butter, and margarine can significantly increase the risk of prostate growth. On the other hand, lack of some types of foods in regular diet may play an equal role in this scenario. For example, having high amounts of soy in some Asian countries has been associated with a lower incidence of prostate issues, even cancer, in their male populations.

Physical activity on a regular basis as well as increasing the antioxidant content of the diet by adding more fruit and vegetables to total daily intake may have beneficial results in this regard.

Health and Wellness Strategies:

An effective strategy to support your adrenal health may have many facets. They may include:

  • Important dietary recommendations
  • Lifestyle changes including an increase in total physical activity
  • Stress management in order to reduce the free radical activity
  • Increasing Total Body Antioxidant Capacity using appropriate nutrients in order to reduce the free radical damage
  • Supporting healthy conversion of testosterone to DHT using appropriate nutrients
  • Supporting the urinary flow using appropriate nutrients
  • Others

Your blood test can help your healthcare provider plan an appropriate strategy, reveal the need for certain nutrients and cofactors necessary for healthy prostate, and individualize an appropriate regimen of dietary and lifestyle recommendations with supportive dietary supplements. Specific formulas, guided by the latest scientific research, have been designed to support prostate health as it relates to nutritional balance. Your health practitioner will advise you on the most appropriate formulas for your nutritional strategies.

It is important to note that the basic goal of dietary recommendations, supplementation, and lifestyle changes is to support nutritional balance, and should not replace or interfere with your medical treatment prescribed by your physician. Realize that a nutritional strategy is only one component of your overall health care plan.

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