Tips to Prevent Prostate Problems

Tomatoes and other red foods

Tomatoes, watermelon, and other red foods owe their bright color to a powerful antioxidant called lycopene. Studies show that men who consume this fruit and tomato-based products have a lower risk of prostate problems than those who don’t. Other findings suggest that cooking tomatoes makes it easier for your body to absorb lycopene. The redder the tomato, the better because lycopene accumulates during ripening. That means that pale, store-bought tomatoes that are picked too early have less lycopene than vine-ripened tomatoes.

The power of fruits and veggies

Nutrients and vitamins contained in fruits and vegetables may lower your risk of getting prostate problems. Green vegetables contain compounds that help your body break down problem-causing substances called carcinogens. A nutrient-rich diet may also help slow the spread of problems. By eating fruits and vegetables throughout the day, you’ll be less likely to fill up on processed junk food.

Feast on fish

Fatty acid, known as omega-3, may help reduce your risk of developing prostate problems. Omega-3 is found in certain fish including sardines, tuna, mackerel, trout, and salmon. When compared to a high-fat diet, eating a low-fat diet and taking fish oil supplements has been found to slow the growth of prostate problem cells. It’s easier to treat problems that hasn’t yet spread outside the prostate.

Stop smoking

Prostate problems patients who smoke are more likely to have a recurrence of the disease. Smokers are also more likely to have an aggressive form of prostate problems. It's not too late to quit.

Controversial foods

Some studies suggest that low folate levels in your blood increase your risk for problems. Folate is found in a variety of foods, including green vegetables, beans, and orange juice. Increasing your intake of these foods may reduce the risk of prostate problems. However, supplementing with folic acid, a man-made form of folate, may increase the risk of problems.