It is common for middle-aged and older men to experience an enlarged prostate. Here’s how you can manage the condition and get some relief from the symptoms, the natural way.
The prostate is a gland in the male reproductive system that is about the size of a walnut, and it is located just below the bladder. This small, muscular gland surrounds the urethra, which is the tube that carries urine out of the body from the bladder. The key function of the prostate is to add semen to a man’s sperm. As men age, this gland tends to grow in size. An enlarged prostate can press down on the urethra creating a restriction in the flow of urine from the bladder.
Also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), an enlarged prostate occurs in almost all men who are older than 60, and experience symptoms associated with the condition. Although an enlarged prostate is not a life-threatening condition, it can result in a number of symptoms that are quite inconvenient and uncomfortable. This can affect the quality of your life as well as have a negative impact on your health. Men with an enlarged prostate usually experience symptoms like the need to urinate quite often, stopping while urinating, poor flow of urine, difficulty starting urination, a feeling of incomplete bladder emptying, and urinary tract infections. If your enlarged prostate is left untreated, it can block the natural flow of urine out of your bladder, and thereby lead to further health complications like bladder stones, urinary retention, and kidney damage.
Men who experience mild symptoms of the disorder and do not suffer from an excessively enlarged prostate may not require immediate treatment. However, it is essential to consult a doctor even if you feel your symptoms are not severe. Various treatment options are available for those who need treatment, and are effective in providing some relief from the often-embarrassing symptoms of an enlarged prostate. In addition, there are some natural remedies that are considered to be effective in combating the growth of your prostate and reducing the symptoms of the disorder. Yet, there might be side effects to some herbal and natural remedies, so consult your doctor before starting any such treatment to deal with an enlarged prostate.
Pumpkin seeds not only make for a yummy, crunchy snack, but they can also help reduce the symptoms of an enlarged prostate. These seeds contain phytosterols, which are protective compounds believed to help shrink the size of the prostate. The seeds of pumpkin have diuretic properties that help in the flow of urine. Moreover, they contain omega-3 fatty acids that boost the functioning of the prostate. Men who have an enlarged prostate usually have a zinc deficiency. Pumpkin seeds can be useful for this as well since they are rich in zinc. You can enjoy pumpkin seeds as a quick, dry snack without adding any salt. Eat a handful of seeds every day to improve the health of your prostate. To add some variety at times, you can make a tea by adding a handful of fresh pumpkin seeds, which have been crushed, to a large cup of boiling water. Let it cool down to room temperature, and strain it before drinking. Try to consume this tea at least a few times every week.
Stinging nettle may not be very pleasant to touch (hence the name), but this plant has many medicinal properties. Commonly used as a herbal remedy in Europe, stinging nettle is considered as one of the most effective natural remedies to treat problems of the prostate. The root of this plant is known to control the symptoms of BPH, and contains essential bioactive phytochemicals that aid in shrinking prostate tissue. It is also a natural diuretic (drug that causes an increased passing of urine), and promotes the elimination of inflammatory wastes from your bladder. There are different ways in which you can make stinging nettle a part of your diet— steep a teaspoon of dried nettle leaves in a cup of hot water for around 10 minutes, and drink after straining it. Drinking this tea 2-3 times in a day can be beneficial to those with an enlarged prostate. Alternatively, you can take stinging nettle as a supplement. Consult your doctor for the correct dosage according to your specific condition and symptoms.
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