Prostate Health: Feed Your Man Gland
Prostate health is no laughing matter, but a man's prostate is a funny little thing. This walnut-sized gland's job is to produce fluid that nourishes and transports sperm. About 30% of your baby batter is prostate juice. Feel free to drop that fact during dinner conversation to impress your date.
Weird thing is, the prostate keeps growing a little after puberty. Sometimes too much. Since it's close to the urethra, a swollen prostate can disrupt or block urine flow. This is known as "benign prostate hyperplasia" or BPH. In short, it makes it hard to pee. It can also be a cause of erectile dysfunction.
And the prostate is also really prone to cancer. It's the most common form of cancer in men and the second biggest man-killer in that category, right behind lung cancer.
How to Protect Your Prostate
The antioxidant lycopene, part of a class of phytonutrients called the carotenoids, is a powerhouse. Your prostate really likes lycopene. (It also likes to be tickled, but that's another story.) Studies show that people who maintain good blood levels of lycopene are less likely to get prostate cancer.
Lyopene has numerous health-promoting benefits. For male reproductive health specifically, it helps protect prostate cells from oxidative stress and promotes improved sperm quality and motility.
Where to Get Lycopene
Most of the info out there focuses on tomatoes, canned or cooked tomatoes to be precise. Watermelon also has a ton of lycopene. Problem is, you'd have to eat a whole crop of watermelons to get all the beneficial effects. The same is true for pomegranates, which also support the man gland.
As is usually the case, the supplement route is best. Highly-concentrated supplements provide enough of the target ingredients to give you a noticeable effect. Along with cranberry for urinary tract health, Biotest's P-Well™ provides 30 mg of lycopene (more than 10 tomatoes) and 500 mg of cranberry whole fruit 50:1 concentrate.
Users report stronger urine streams and more efficient bladder emptying. You could also enjoy a better sex life with more blood flow into the penis.
If you are male, prostate-supporting foods and supplements – or a combo of both – should be high on your list of health staples.