The prostate is a small gland that is technically part of your sex organs, produces the fluid for semen. This small gland, the size of a walnut, surrounds the urethra, which is a tube that moves urine from the bladder to the penis. The urethra is also the tube that transports semen during ejaculation. The prostate gland grows mostly during puberty and then stays about the same size until age 40. Among men over 50, prostate enlargement may continue through the rest of their lives. Fifty percent of men aren't affected by their growing prostate, but the other half may develop one of three prostate diseases:

  • Enlarged prostate – BPH, or benign prostatic hyperplasia is a non-cancerous disorder. It may result in a range of uncomfortable symptoms such as frequent urination, incomplete emptying of the bladder, a weak urine stream or difficulty starting urination.

  • Prostate cancer – generally diagnosed in men over 65, but it is becoming more common in men 55-65. Risk of developing prostate cancer is doubled if your father, brother, or close male blood relative has or had the disease. Eating a diet that’s low in fiber and high in fat and red meat, has been shown to increase prostate cancer risk.

  • Prostatitis - an inflammation of the prostate that may be caused by an infection.

 

What can a man do to help prevent prostate problems? Here are some helpful tips:

  • Get your prostate checked yearly after age 40

  • Exercise consistently

  • Avoid smoking

  • Limit alcohol and caffeine consumption

  • Drink a lot of water. This can help flush out your bladder. Urine should be almost clear.

  • Watch your weight. Obesity may contribute to a number of cancers, including prostate.

  • Eat right. Studies indicate that people who consume a high fat diet have an increased risk of developing prostate cancer. However, conversely, fiber, soy protein, fruits, and cooked tomatoes have all been shown to reduce the risk.

  • Have regular sex. The best way to empty the prostate is to ejaculate.

 

Taking a male enhancement pill formulated with ingredients such as Pumpkin seed and zinc are thought to support prostate health.

 

Pumpkin seed commonly used to strengthen the prostate gland and promote male hormone function. Myosin, an amino acid found in pumpkin seeds, is known to be essential for muscular contractions.

 

Zinc is an essential mineral that is important for prostate gland function and the growth of the reproductive organs. It also helps sperm motility.