Prostate Health Diet

 By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)

The prostate is a male gland of the reproductive system. Roughly the size and shape of a walnut, the prostate wraps around the urethra (the tube that carries urine from the bladder, and sperm from the testicles, out through the penis). A high proportion of men from middle-age on have urinary problems associated with an enlarged prostate.

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) or Enlarged Prostate

prostate-healthThe prostate gland continues to grow during most of a man’s life, with accelerated growth periods during adolescence and from around age 50. Prostate enlargement usually causes problems only later in life, as it compresses the urethra more tightly, impeding urination – some symptoms of BPH will affect over 50% of men in their 60s, growing to 90% of those aged 70 and 80. Treatment for BPH seeks to reduce the symptoms, as the condition cannot be cured.

Prostate enlargement is not prostate cancer, nor does it increase one’s chances of developing prostate cancer. BPH can raise PSA (prostate-specific antigen) levels to 2 or 3 times the normal level. High PSA levels do, however, carry a higher chance of having cancer.

Diet factors for reducing BPH symptoms

It has been reported that men who consumed the most calories had the highest risk of BPH and symptoms of BPH. In addition when calorie intake was compared, men who ate more protein had a higher risk of BPH. Conversely, soy and green tea may be of benefit – plant based estrogens (called isoflavones or flavonoids) found in soy and other foods like legumes, tea, apples and onions may help prevent or treat the symptoms of BPH.
In addition, growth of the prostate may be retarded with a low fat, no caffeine diet, and ‘saw palmetto’* supplementation has been shown to reduce the rate of growth in BPH.

Dietary Guidelines For Prostate Health

So to reduce symptoms, incorporate these factors in your daily diet:

  • increase intake of fruits, vegetables and whole grains, soy, and green tea, foods rich in omega 3 oils (cold-water fish – salmon, sardines, mackerel) and in zinc (raw pumpkin seeds for omega-3 and zinc)
  • reduce foods high in fat and cholesterol (butter and margarine, beef and
    whole milk), sweet foods, and refined carbohydrates (white bread and white-flour pasta)
  • avoid or decrease intake of alcohol, coffee, and beer, particularly after dinner, and tobacco
  • taking saw palmetto* supplements may benefit the prostate

* Saw palmetto (Serona repens) is a type of palm tree, also known as the dwarf palm. Its primary medicinal value is in the oily compounds found in its berries. Most dietary supplements are composed of an extract or powder derived from the berries. Saw palmetto is believed to inhibit the actions of testosterone on the prostate that causes prostate enlargement.

NOTE: There is mounting evidence that very-low-fat (such as the Ornish Diet) and vegetarian regimes aid in fighting Prostate cancer.


For an article with more comprehensive dietary guidelines, check out ‘STRAIGHT TALK ON YOUR HEALTH AND LIFE’ at – Men’s Health, Natural Health, April, 1999, by Robert Ivker

Dr. Katz’e Guide to Prostate Health which retails for $15.95.

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 By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)
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  • Julidarma

    Drink plenty of water is very useful to prevent the prostate problems. Many people say eat a lot tomatoes is also very good to prevent the prostate problems. Tomatoes is rich in lycopen, one anti oxidant is good as anti cancer.

  • David

    Most orange and yellow friuts have a negative effect on my prostate. Green tea seems to be on every list as helpful but it harms me. Greens and pumpkin seed help.

  • nick

    thanks, interesting info regarding healthy diet unfortantly alternative remedies re saw palmetto have become expensive in ireland.

  • Steve

    latest studies show no benefit to Saw Palmetto.

  • Glenda

    Thank you for the suggestions. Dad isn’t going to be very happy, but it is at the point where he needs surgery due to enlarged prostate. Hopefully this will help as well!

  • human

    Thanks for the guidelines.

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  • javad hajebi

    thanks for the information, saw palmetto is not available where I am living, would you kindly suggest
    any susbtitute?


    very good information for all related person but saw palmetto is not available in pakistan.

  • hira

    thanks for the info…


    Very good suggestion. However Saw palmetto is not available here. Requesting any other appropriate substitute.

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