It is an important organ and it is also a source of problems for most men.
The prostate is a walnut-sized gland which is located just below the urinary bladder and in front of the rectum. Its two main purposes as an organ belonging to the male reproductive system are: One, it secretes the prostate fluid which gives nutrition to the sperm. It also contains the enzyme called prostate-specific antigen or commonly called as PSA which makes the semen ‘thinner’ or less viscous to make it easier for sperm to move and swim around. Two, it unexpectedly forces the stored semen out into the urethra. This is because of the smooth muscles inside the prostrate that contract during ejaculation.
As men grow older, their prostate naturally increases in size. This sometimes results to Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia or BPH for short. Due to its location, it is unsurprising that it can, as time passes by, affect the urinary bladder. As it becomes more enlarged, it applies more pressure to the bladder, increasing the frequency of urination or, it can block the exit of the bladder leading to the development of urinary tract infections or even the formation of bladder stones.
These are ways to lessen the risks of complication: increase of fluid intake during the day – if you don’t like waking up and going to the bathroom in the evening. Having a healthy diet is also recommended. Vitamins D and E, zinc, pomegranate and many more. Urinating as long as possible can also help prevent complications. Saw palmetto is a good supplement to use since it contains phytosterols and fatty acids. Another effective supplement is the nettle root. It can decrease the obstacles in urination by restraining the formation of Dihydrotestosterone or DHT.
The second most common prostate problem is a bit more serious.
Prostate cancer. It comes in second, after skin cancer, in the ranking of the most common cancers found in men. In the year 2016 alone, it accounts for an estimated 10 percent of all the recorded cases of cancer around the world and approximately 12 percent of men have a lifetime risk of developing it. However, most cases don’t evolve to a serious stage. Some are not even aware they have it. Many factors affect the risk of developing cancer like, lifestyle, environment and even family history.
What are the preventive measures available? What supplementary treatment can be done? A healthy diet. Staying physically fit can also lessen the risks. The best option for supplements would be capsaicin – the active ingredient of hot peppers, like Jalapeno. Studies have shown that capsaicin is capable of causing apoptosis in prostate cancer cells. It is also capable of shutting down the substance responsible for tumor growth.