DOES SPICY FOOD AFFECT YOUR PROSTATE HEALTH?
DEC 14, 2018 5,18 PM
Some foods can help reduce the risk of you developing Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) while others may actually aggravate the problem.
Identifying the main culprits could help you to manage your symptoms better.
Foods such as curries, chilli and hot sauces can improve the taste of your meal. However, spicy and acidic foods can irritate the bladder and prostate in some men causing urinary symptoms associated with (BPH).
If you notice more problems after eating such spicy or acidic foods, then you should avoid them altogether.
A juicy steak, a succulent lamb curry or beef kebab are just a few popular dinner choices that would make any Malaysian indulge. Nevertheless, meat elevates levels of arachidonic acid in your body which in turn, increases inflammation - the very thing your prostate does not need!
That being said, egg yolks also have high levels of arachidonic acid. If you don't want to give up eggs completely, try eating only the egg white as this is a good source of protein.
Processed food and sugar
Highly processed foods such as ready-meals, crisps, fizzy juice, cereals and canned goods all contain refined sugar which may increase inflammation of your prostate. Try swapping to fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and chicken which are highly nutritious and healthy too.
Caffeine intake including coffee, tea and fizzy drinks has a diuretic effect which can increase your urge to go to the toilet. Consuming these beverages especially late at night can irritate the bladder, resulting in toilet visits and interrupted sleep.
Maintain optimal prostate health with these healthy choices
Tomatoes are a superior source of lycopene, which is critical for prostate health. Although fresh tomatoes are nutritious, their lycopene antioxidant potency increases when they are processed.
Processing breaks down the cell walls of tomatoes, which makes the lycopene more accessible to the body. Thus tomato paste, sauce, soup and juice offer more antioxidant protection for the prostate than fresh tomatoes.
Omega-3 foods like salmon, tuna, herring and anchovies reduce inflammation of the prostate.
Green tea helps with anti-aging because it contains the highest level of antioxidants, promote detoxification and prostate health.
Pumpkin seeds and pumpkin seed oil aid prostate health thanks to their high content of carotenoids and liposoluble vitamins. Pumpkin seeds contain zinc, which acts as a diuretic to help empty the bladder, and they reduce inflammation. This can be helpful with dealing with an enlarged prostate that causes issues with urination.
Vitamin E plays a role as an antioxidant in the body and decreases the incidence of prostate cancer.
According to research conducted at Boston University School of Medicine, the association between either decreased sun exposure or vitamin D deficiency and the increased risk of prostate cancer at an earlier age with a more aggressive progression, indicates that adequate vitamin D nutrition should be a priority for men of all ages.
Infection, stress and diet influence zinc levels, which are greatly reduced in those with prostate problems.
Fish oil is known to reduce inflammation, and inflammation may lead to prostatitis and prostate cancer.
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