No man in the world is immune from prostatitis. As you know the disease is easier to prevent than to treat; therefore, prevention of prostatitis is important for all men.
Numerous recommendations that can be found in the literature and on the Internet state the following preventive measures:
1. Regular physical activities and sports training perineum muscles and eliminating stagnation of blood in the pelvis; long walks.
In fact such activities help a man to stay fit and maintain good physical condition, prevent obesity, but have insignificant influence on the prostate or pelvic organs.
2. Prophylactic course of spine massage in the loin area. The massage prevents stagnation in the prostate and helps avoid prostatitis.
Actually massage of the loin does not affect the prostate state and should not be considered as prostatitis prophylaxis.
3. Prophylactic massage of the prostate. This massage allegedly prevents stagnation in the prostate gland and thereby reduces the risk of prostatitis.
In fact prostate massage is manipulation of doubtful effectiveness, sometimes it’s even painful and it is not a way to prevent prostatitis. Usual coitus ensures outflow of prostate secretion.
4. Varied diet — diet with vegetables, fruits, greens, seafood, nuts, seeds. Greens and parsley seed are especially useful for men.
Actually the diet should be diverse and well-balanced anyway. Health benefit of greens and parsley seeds for prostate is not proven.
5. Exclusion of alcoholic drinks and beer, reduction of the number of cigarettes smoked. In fact, it is better to give up smoking anyway, as it not only causes cancer (lung, stomach, bladder, kidneys cancer the doctors threaten us with), but also impairs erectile function that is so important for men, causes hypertension, etc.
6. Folk medicine offers various remedies for prevention of prostatitis.
These drugs can be taken at patient’s discretion. These remedies have not been scientifically proved.
1. Brazil nut
From all known nut types, these natives of South America are particularly rich in selenium, which is important for prostate health. Even one ounce of Brazil nuts contains enough amount of this mineral. The studies have shown that selenium consumption reduces the risk of prostate cancer.
Broccoli is a source of several very important nutrients that are not listed on the product labeling. Belonging to Brassicaceae family, together with cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and cabbage, broccoli contains much sulphoraphane phytonutrients and indoles known for their anticancer properties. Sulforaphane enhances detoxification enzymes activity, which helps remove potentially carcinogenic elements from the body quicker. The studies have also shown that indole contained in broccoli inhibits production of specific prostate antigen. Studying of prostate, lung, colorectal diseases and ovarian cancer showed that eating broccoli more than once a week can reduce the risk of III and IV stage prostate cancer by as much as 45%.
3. Cayenne pepper
Hot and spicy Cayenne pepper (Capsicum vegetable), also known as chili, is a source of nutrients for maintaining prostate health. Cayenne pepper gets its heat from high concentration of a substance called capsaicin. While capsaicin is widely known for its ability to reduce pain, the studies have shown that it can help kill cancer cells including prostate cancer cells. In particular, capsaicin has demonstrated its ability to force cancer cells commit suicide (this process is called apoptosis).
In addition to anticancer abilities, capsaicin helps the cardiovascular system, because it is a powerful antioxidant fighting free radicals that usually cause atherosclerosis. Further benefits include prevention of ulcers and reduction of cell damage that can lead to diabetic complications.
4. Green tea
Medicinal properties of the green tea include antioxidant compounds called catechins of polyphenol type which, as it has been proven, destroy certain bacteria and viruses, strengthen immune system, and fight against several forms of cancer including prostate cancer. The studies have shown that green tea polyphenols can significantly reduce the levels of specific prostate antigen and two prostate cancer biomarkers: hepatocyte growth factor and vascular endothelium growth factor. Green tea catechins can also help men with precancerous prostate lesions known as prostate intraepithelial neoplasia – a condition indicating high risk of cancer development.
Mushrooms, especially the Asian varieties, offer great health benefits including fighting cancer. One Asian mushroom having a long history of over 6000 years has proven its medicinal properties; it is called shiitake. These mushrooms contain lentinan known for its anti-cancer properties.
In 2009, a research, for example, has proven that shiitake mushrooms inhibit the spread of tumors in mice with implanted human colon and breast cancer cells. The earlier study has shown that lentinan inhibits cancer of human’s colon in mice. However, the impact of this mushroom on prostate problems has not been studied yet.