Overview of the prostate. The prostate is a gland in the male reproductive system responsible for secreting the prostate fluid that nourishes the sperm and increases their motility and inside the gland are smooth muscles that contract during ejaculation and push the stored semen out into the urethra. Most importantly, it is located directly below the bladder, surrounding its narrow neck connecting to the urethra.
Prostate enlargement, inflammation or prostatitis and cancer. Despite being three different disorders, they can cause any of these typical symptoms: 1) Difficulty in staring to urinate 2) Increased urge to urinate 3) Burning or painful urination 4) Dribbling or difficulty in emptying the bladder and 5) Frequent or constant back pain. In many men, as they grow old the prostate gradually enlarges. It may eventually become inflamed in a non-cancerous way – a condition called prostatitis – or it may develop cancer. All of these conditions cause swelling that, given the prostate’s location, apply pressure and tightens the urethra bringing about the above symptoms.
Risks of conventional treatment. Prostatectomy – the process of removing part or all of the prostate – is the usual treatment for an enlarged prostate or cancer. For prostatitis caused by bacteria, viruses not included, antibiotics are enough. None of these guarantee a successful outcome, therefore prevention is always better than the cure.
Does the non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate increase the risks of cancer? The answer is, yes. Researchers in epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University and the department of Biostatics at Roswell Park Memorial Institute studied 1,200 case histories and discovered that prostate enlargement patients are four times more likely to develop cancer compared to others.
Preventive measures. Normally, the prostate and the semen should be abundant in zinc. What patients with prostate disorders usually have in common is a low measurement of said nutrient in their semen and prostate gland. This was discovered by Irving M. Bush, M.D. and fellow researchers by examining 755 prostate patients at Cook County Hospital in Chicago.
In the 1974 American Medical Association convention was surprised by Dr. Bush’s findings: patients given zinc tablets with a potency available in anyone’s daily food and snacks showed remarkable improvement.
Nineteen patients with non-cancerous enlarged prostates were given a 34 milligram zinc pill for 60 days and then underwent a maintenance program of 11 to 23 milligrams daily. All patients reported a decrease is pain. Further examination revealed that 14 people had their prostates decrease in size and all of them showed an increase in zinc in their semen. Two hundred prostatitis patients were given 11 to 34 milligrams of zinc daily for 16 weeks resulting in 70 percent finding relief from symptoms and higher amounts of zinc in their semen.
Getting zinc from food. The following are the recommended consumption to reach at least 34 milligrams or more of zinc in a day’s consumption.
2 ounces of herring – 55 milligrams, 1 lamb chop – 5 milligrams, 2 ounces of wheat germ – 7 milligrams, 2 ounces of sesame seeds – 5 milligrams, 2 ounces of sunflower seeds – 3.3 milligrams and 1 bowl of oatmeal – 3.5 milligrams.
In 2006, a study published in Cancer Research by Akio Mori et al. revealed that capsaicin showed the capability of inhibiting or restricting prostate cancer cells. The alkaloid compound was shown to specifically target the tumors and cancerous cells without damaging the healthy cells by interfering with the protein synthesis and cell transcription mechanisms of cancer cells.
Moreover, it can decrease prostate specific antigen or PSA levels that correlate to the risks of prostate cancer.
Getting capsaicin. Capsaicin can be found in chili peppers, like the jalapeno. It is the active ingredient responsible for the heat and burning sensation when it comes into contact with any tissue.