Treating Enlarged Prostate with Natural Remedies

Enlarged prostate is also referred to as benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH for short.

The prostate gland sits below the urinary bladder and surrounds the urethra, a tube that allows urine to drain from the bladder.

It is about the size of a walnut and it produces seminal fluids.

When this gland enlarges, it puts pressure on the urethra, a tube that goes through it, clamping it down and preventing proper urine drainage.

Many men over the age of 50 often start to experience this health problem. As they reach the age of 70, experts estimate that over 40% will have many symptoms of BPH.

There are several prescription drugs that can shrink the enlarged prostate gland and prevent it from causing the problem.

However, many men are wondering if there are any natural remedies that would do the same.

Read on to find out what those that works...

Natural Remedies for Treating an Enlarged Prostate

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For the complete detail along with discussion of each individual supplement see Natural Remedies for Enlarged Prostate Glands.
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What Causes an Enlarged Prostate Gland?

No one knows exactly what causes the prostate to enlarge but hormonal change is a strong contributing factor once the symptoms appear.

We know that the prostate gland can grow in response to the presence of the male hormone testosterone. So high levels of testosterone can definite worsen the problem. Indeed, some prescription medications work to suppress testosterone production in an attempt to either shrink or at least slow down the growth.

Some experts believe that a poor diet (high fat and low fiber) as well as deficiencies in nutrition (such as zinc) may also be contributing factors. However, there is disagreement on this point. Others believe that a poor diet worsens the condition but that it does not cause a healthy prostate to otherwise enlarge.

At least most experts agree that genetics play a significant role in causing the prostate to enlarge. Unfortunately, knowing this won't help you much.

Other uncontrollable factors include age and ethnicity (more common in Caucasian than in the Chinese and Asians).

What Are the Symptoms of an Enlarged Prostate Gland?

Signs and symptoms include:

  • Difficulty in starting or stopping urination
  • Frequent urination
  • Urgency in urination
  • Dribbling
  • Incomplete emptying of the bladder
  • Needing to strain to get the urine flow started
  • Blood in urine
  • Need to urinate at night more often (two or three times nightly)
  • Urine flow is weak
  • Frequent bladder infections
  • Generalized discomfort (aches and pain) in the groin region
  • Burning sensation during urination (a sign of an bladder infection)
  • Fever (a sign of a bladder infection)

Most men usually do not seek medical help until one or more of the above symptoms become severe.

It is always wise to seek medical advice when you experience any of these symptoms to rule out other potentially more serious problems.

One of the danger of not treating BPH is bladder infection caused by incomplete drainage of urine.

Although rare, if urine backs up in the bladder, it may increase pressure to the kidney possibly causing kidney damage.

Straining to start the flow may cause damage to delicate blood vessels and lead to blood appearing in urine.

What Diet or Lifestyle Changes Can Help with this Problem?

Foods to Eat

Drink 8 glasses of water daily to avoid dehydration

Add fish, flaxseed, pumpkin seeds and tomato to your diet. Stick with whole grains and fresh vegetables

Cranberry juice can be considered to reduce the risk of developing bladder infection

Increase fiber in your diet.

Foods to Avoid

Cut back on saturated fats

Cut back on sugary foods such as candies, cakes and soda beverages

Limit the amount of caffeine and alcohol that you consume daily. They may irritate the prostate gland

Lifestyle Changes

Avoid retaining urine when possible and empty your bladder regularly

Regular exercise is shown to help with symptoms of BPH. However, exercises that put extra pressure on the groin region such as bicycling should be avoided. (Recumbent exercise bikes are not a problem

Home Remedies for Prostate Enlargement

Many specific foods that can benefit prostate health.

See the detailed article Home Remedies for Prostate Enlargement for an eye-opening list of beneficial foods.

As your pharmacist or doctor before using any over-the-counter (non-prescription) cough and cold remedies. Many of them contain ingredients that can worsen prostate symptoms.

Can This Problem Eventually Lead to Prostate Cancer?

It is always possible. However not every men who develop an enlarged prostate get prostate cancer.

Have your doctor perform a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test. Although not absolute, a high PSA result may indicate BPH, prostate cancer or an inflamed prostate gland (prostatitis). There are also other tests that your doctor can conduct to help to rule out prostate cancer.