One of the most common health problems experienced by men is Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia or BPH. BPH is just a medical term that means a man’s prostate gland has become bigger than it should be. Because the prostate gland wraps around a part of the urinary tract, when it becomes enlarged, it actually presses on the tube that carries urine, altering the ability to pass urine.
- Only males have a prostate, females do not.
- A normal prostate is about the same size and shape as a walnut.
- 2/3 of the prostate is glandular tissue which produces fluid for semen, which carries sperm during a man’s orgasm.
- 1/3 of the prostate is muscle, which contracts during an orgasm to expel the semen into the urethra.
- The prostate surrounds part of the urethra, the tube that carries urine from the bladder through the penis.
- 50% of men will develop an enlarged prostate by the time they are 50 years old.
- Up to 90% of men aged 70 to 90 years old develop an enlarged prostate.
Symptoms of an Enlarged Prostate Include:
- Difficulty starting to urinate;
- Difficultly maintaining urinary flow, or starting and stopping when trying to pass urine;
- Needing to urinate urgently;
- Needing to urinate more frequently, and
- Increase in the occurrence of urinary tract infections, which may cause irritation or burning when passing urine.
Good News for Men with BPH
If you’re sick and tired of needing to pass urine all the time, getting up in the night to pass urine and dribbling then nature has a gift for you. Recent research has found that a combination of herbs called Saw Palmetto, Nettle root and Small-leafed Willow are very effective at managing BPH and reducing the troublesome symptoms. A combination of these beneficial herbs can be taken in a convenient capsule to manage BPH and may also be worth considering where there is a strong family history of BPH.
Giving Nature a Helping Hand
Zinc is like the prostate’s best friend! Zinc is an essential nutrient for men’s health, and having low zinc levels can create health problems. For men, it is particularly important to include zinc rich foods in your diet. These include:
- Baked Beans
- Egg Yolks
- Herring Beef and Lamb
- Cashew nuts, Pumpkin Seeds and Sunflower Seeds (you can snack on these or throw them in a salad)
Don’t let a manageable condition such as BPH interfere with your life. Call my clinic today to organise an appointment for your zinc check-up and to discuss achieving optimal health.