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Remedies to help prostate problems

 PROSTATE disorders are much more common than most people think, affecting more than 50% of men over the age of 50 and almost all men over the age of 80.

A walnut-sized gland located below the bladder, the prostate surrounds the urethra which drains the bladder. As men get older it is common for the prostate gland to enlarge, slowly squashing the urethra and reducing the amount of space available for urine to pass through.
This condition is known as benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH) or an enlarged prostate gland.
Symptoms include a need to urinate frequently, especially at night, weak or interrupted urinary flow and a feeling of not being able to empty the bladder properly.
Younger men are more likely to suffer from prostatitis, an infection of the prostate gland. Symptoms include an urgency to urinate and a need to urinate more regularly, which could be painful. Treatment is generally with antibiotics.
Although uncomfortable neither condition is life-threatening. However, other more serious diseases, such as prostate cancer, can produce similar symptoms. If you experience any of these issues it is important you see a doctor for a proper diagnosis first.
Too many men ignore their prostate or simply try to live with the problem, but gentlemen it is essential you get yourselves checked out.
Once your condition is diag-nosed as benign, there are a number of natural remedies and nutrients that can help.
Perhaps the first that springs to mind is saw palmetto, an American saw palm found exclusively in Florida.
Used centuries ago by the Native Americans, the much- documented saw palm contains precious oily berries that can help to reduce the symptoms of prostate enlargement.
In sufficient quantities they contain enough essential fatty acids and plant sterols to help inhibit the production of the androgen dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which plays a role in the development of BPH and prostate cancer.
Their oil also helps to reduce swelling so relieving pressure on the bladder.
The mineral zinc is also important. Zinc is more abundant in the prostate than anywhere else in the body. A deficiency is known to be a contributing factor in the production of DHT and is common in those with prostate problems.
Supplementing with zinc or topping up on foods rich in zinc can help to ensure you get an adequate supply. Dietary sources include black pepper, oysters, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds and flax seeds. Seeds such as these make a delicious snack on their own or they can be sprinkled over cereals, soups or salads or blended into yoghurts.
Flax seeds, in particular, are rich in soluble fibre, which can help to remove excess hormones from the body. Oily fish (such as salmon, tuna and mackerel) and olive oil are also excellent sources of essential fatty acids, which are vital for healthy hormone activity.
Selenium is another prostate- friendly mineral – Brazil nuts are usually a good food source.
Eat as much fresh fruit and vegetables as you can and where possible eat organically grown foods so as to avoid exposure to pesticide and herbicide residues that may increase DHT production.
Bear in mind that locally- grown, seasonal food tends to contain more nutrients than foods grown out of season.
Reduce your intake of inflammatory foods, such as refined sugars and flour, dairy products, fried foods and junk foods as these can contribute to inflammation and increase enlargement symptoms.
Men taking prescribed medicines for prostate enlargement or other hormonal imbalances should consult their GP before embarking on any additional or alternative treatment.
Likewise, if any existing condition worsens, you pass blood or are feverish, you should return to see your GP.
For further advice, please ask at your local health shop.

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