The prostate is one of the male sex glands. A normal prostate is about the size of a walnut and lies just below the bladder and surrounds the beginning of the urethra. The urethra is the tube that runs through the penis and carries urine from the bladder and semen from the sex glands.
As the prostate is a sex gland, its growth is influenced by male sex hormones. The chief male hormone is testosterone, which is produced mostly by the testicle.
For most men (at least at some point in their lives) prostate health, thinking about it, talking about it, and seeing the doctor about it, is an uncomfortable subject avoided like the plague. But prostate health it is not something that can be ignored. That small gland can grow, and when it does, it can create some unpleasant symptoms.
- Frequent urination
- Discomfort while urinating
- Uneven flow
- Pressure to urinate frequently and feeling like you can not fully empty your bladder
Enlargement of the prostate is one of the most common disorders occurring in men over 50 years of age. If left untreated, continued enlargement of the prostate eventually obstructs the bladder completely and emergency measures become necessary.
To keep the prostate healthy it is important to maintain a healthy weight, exercise regularly and stop smoking. Include antioxidant rich fruits and nutrient rich supergreens in to the diet. Also let your doctor know if you have a family history of prostate cancer. Having a father or brother with prostate cancer more than doubles a man's risk of developing this disease.
Using a daily supplement such as Nature's Sunshine Saw Palmetto is also a great option. Scientific research validates the use the use of Saw Palmetto for supporting prostate health. Itcontains a compound used by the body to manufacture cortisone. Cortisone is an adrenal hormone that helps regulate the metabolism of fats, carbohydrates, sodium, potassium and proteins. It is used primarily to support glandular tissues (especially the prostate gland) and to maintain optimal balance in hormone levels. It also contains polysaccharides that may have immune-boosting properties.