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3 Nutritious Foods For a Healthy Prostate
We often make women the topic of conversation in regard to physical health, when promoting the male reproductive system holds the same significance. The popularity behind eating healthy among men is increasing now that numerous guys are choosing a plant-based or vegetarian lifestyle. Men are realizing that there is a connection between what they put into their bodies and the overall status of their health. Frankly, it can be scary knowing that continuous bad-eating habits have the ability to negatively influence prostate function. Here are some foods that contribute to a healthy prostate and tasty ways to enjoy them:
Tomatoes contain an antioxidant called lycopene which contributes to decreasing cell production and have some benefit in prostate gland health. According to a medical article under the National Center for Biotechnology Information, lycopene consumption in eating raw and uncooked tomatoes are linked to the prevention of prostate cancer. To our bodies the bioaccessibility of lycopene is hindered due to it being bound tightly to its’ cell walls. To reap the benefits of this antioxidant, it’s suggested to eat cooked tomatoes. To eat, try eating half of a roasted tomato with your morning breakfast or homemade tomato soup.
Eating legumes such as lentils, garbanzo beans (chickpeas) and soybeans have also been known to combat prostate cancer. These plant-based grain legumes contain phytoestrogens which can cause apoptosis, or cell death in prostate cancer cells in vivo and in vitro. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, there are a number of phytoestrogens that have anti-androgenic effects. Anti-androgens are used to treat men with prostate cancer. To eat, try boiling red lentils and add your favorite veggies for a hearty vegan soup.
Green Tea isn’t a food per se but its benefits are worth mentioning. In the American Journal of Epidemiology, a study provided by the Japan Public Health Center revealed that high consumption of green tea in Asian populations was associated with a “dose-dependent decrease” in the risk of advanced prostate cancer. To drink, pour boiling water over tea to brew for a couple minutes before serving.
Men are becoming hyper aware of what they are putting into their bodies being linked to proper bodily function and performance. When meal prepping for the week, make note of the dietary and nutritional facts behind these specific foods. Next time you are in the grocery store pick up some of these gems to gradually incorporate in your diet. Eating these foods are associated with maintaining not only a healthy prostate but mind and body.