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Prostate

The prostate gland is found in males and is located just under the bladder. Shaped like a doughnut it surrounds the first part of the urethra where urine and semen pass. The main function is to secrete a milky, white alkaline fluid into the prostatic urethra which makes up to 33% of the volume of semen.

Unfortunately, in some instances, the prostate begins to enlarge, pinching off the urethra and interfering with the flow of urine. This leads to discomfort and sometimes infections, symptoms of which may include urgency to urinate, undue frequency of urination and a weak urinary stream. This problem is known as Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy (BPH), a non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate.

Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy (BPH) is a common disorder affecting 50% of men by age 50, increasing to 80% in men age 80 or older.

The causes of BPH appear to be partly related to age related changes in sex hormone levels, including an overall increase in the ratio of estrogen to androgens (male hormones) and an increase in prostatic dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which is a more potent form of testosterone.

In addition, high cholesterol and nutritional deficiencies such as zinc and essential fatty acids may also contribute to BPH.

Pharmaceutical drugs used for the treatment of BPH symptoms are associated with adverse side effects, whereas natural alternatives offer similar improvement potential without the side effects.

How Nutritional Therapy can help

Nutrition has been shown to play a major role in both maintaining the health of the male reproductive organs and helping to alleviate problems when they arise.

Dietary considerations include correcting nutrient deficiencies, increasing foods known to promote a healthy prostate while decreasing or even avoiding specific foods and lifestyle factors known to contribute to BHP.

Supplements containing natural substances such as various herbs, vitamins and minerals have shown considerable therapeutic action in helping to alleviate BHP.

Through a private one-to-one consultation, dietary & lifestyle factors can be identified and changed to encourage a healthy prostate.

Call Essentia Nutrition today to book a consultation or to find out more on how nutritional therapy could help you on 07781 890 541.

 

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