The prostate is a gland the size of a walnut which is located directly below the urinary bladder and in front of the rectum. Its two main purposes as an organ belonging to the male reproductive system are: First, 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’ to make it easier for sperm to move around. Its second function is unexpectedly to force the stored semen out into the urethra. This is because of the smooth muscles inside the prostrate that contract during ejaculation.
Though it is highly important, it is also a source of troubles for most men.
As men grow older, their prostate naturally increases in size. This is called Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia. Provided the location of the prostate, it is unsurprising that it can, in the long run, affect the urinary bladder. As it increases in size, 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.
What can be done? Increase of fluid intake during the day – if you do not like going to the bathroom in the evening – can help. Having a healthy diet is also recommended. Urinating as long as possible can also help prevent complications. Saw palmetto is a good supplement to use since it acts as a sedative and nutritive tonic. 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 next prostate problem is a more serious one. 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 can be done, once again? A healthy diet, for sure. Exercising can also lessen the risks. Supplements can also help. The best option 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. This would also result to a slow growth of the tumors.