Healing Kitchen

Prostate Problems
Foods high in vitamin E and soy isoflavones may prevent the onset of benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH). The antioxidant power of vitamin E may reduce harmful oxidation caused by free radicals. Flaxseed oil may be beneficial for an enlarged prostate. Recent studies have shown that foods high in lycopene, such as tomatoes, as well as the active sulfur compounds in garlic, onions, leeks, shallot and chives, may all be potentially important prostate tumor inhibiting substances. Zinc may also prevent prostate problems.

We believe that it's possible to manage and/or improve certain conditions through what you eat. When we create "Mega-Recipes" for an ailment, we strive to include the maximum number of the nutrients that are shown to have benefit for that ailment. We also expect the Mega-Recipe to contain at least 25% of recommended intakes for those nutrients. See the list of recipes that have met our criteria for this ailment.

What You Should Eat & Why

flaxseed oil
Consumption of flaxseed oil may prevent swelling and inflammation of an enlarged prostate gland.
Leading Food Sources of flaxseed oil: Oil, flaxseed

Preliminary studies have shown the substances, allicin and diallyl sufide, in garlic have been linked with anti-tumor properties.
Leading Food Sources of garlic: Garlic

Recent research on the powerful phytochemical, lycopene, suggests it may be instrumental in ensuring optimal prostate health. Cooked tomatoes, along with small amounts of fat, are the most effective at delivering their phytochemical powers.
Leading Food Sources of lycopene: Tomatoes, Guava, Grapefruit, pink

soy isoflavones
Some studies have shown soy products to be protective against prostate disorders.
Leading Food Sources of soy isoflavones: Soybeans, Tofu, Soy products

vitamin E
The powerful antioxidant properties of vitamin E may be instrumental in protecting the prostate gland.
Leading Food Sources of vitamin E: Broccoli, Avocados, Mangoes, Almonds, Peanuts, Sunflower seeds, Brazil nuts

Zinc helps repair and build the immune system; and some zinc-rich foods, such as pumpkin seeds, are also high in the amino acids, alanine, glycine and glutamic acid, which are believed to be protective against benign prostatic hyperplasia.
Leading Food Sources of zinc: Barley, Chicken, Oysters, Crab, Wheat, Lamb, Beef, Turkey

Date Published: 05/03/2005
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