In addition to a healthy diet and exercise, there are herbs which, if used, can protect the prostate from prostate cancer, and other diseases.
One of the most well-known and popular herbs for prostate problems. Saw palmetto has been proven to inhibit the enzyme involved in the increase in dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Studies have shown that saw palmetto concentrate improves urine flow and relieves other BPH symptoms.
Obtained from the bark of a tree indigenous to Africa, pygeum also inhibits the substance that increases DHT, which is associated with prostate enlargement.
A long-time folk remedy in treating prostate problems, pumpkin seeds have been shown to promote urine flow and reduce the effects of hormones on prostate cells.
The chemical that makes peppers hot inhibits the action of NF-kappa Beta, a substance found in cells that causes them to grow excessively. In one study, high concentration of capsaicin stopped the growth of prostate cancer cells. Hot peppers, such as habanero, jalapeno, and Scotch bonnet, are high in antioxidants; they are a good source of vitamins A, C, and E, folic acid, and potassium.
A carotenid found in tomatoes and other red or pink plant foods. Lycopene is in the group of nutrients, which includes beta-carotene and lutein. It is best known as “the protector of prostates against cancer”, but it also has cardiovascular benefits and it defends against other types of cancer. Lycopene concentrates in the prostate and the testicles, protecting the cells. It also slows the oxidation of LDL (the “bad” cholesterol), preventing the adhesion of LDL to artery walls.
Tomatoes and products made from tomatoes, such as paste, sauce, ketchup, juice, and salsa are the best-known sources of lycopene. It can also be found in pink grapefruit, apricots, guavas, papaya, and watermelon.