Around half of all men between the ages of 51 and 60 have benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH, and as they age, that number increases. BPH, also known as an enlarged prostate, affects 90 percent of men over the age of 80.
The urinary troubles that come with an enlarged prostate are the bane of many an older man's existence. An enlarged prostate itself isn't problematic, but since it puts pressure on the bladder and constricts the urethra, it can cause leakage, urgency, an inability to urinate, and a weak urine stream. Over time, this can lead to bladder and kidney damage and frequent urinary tract infections.
While there are a few medical treatments for a severely enlarged prostate, including surgery, a number of holistic remedies have proven effective for managing the symptoms of BPH and protecting against prostatitis and prostate cancer. Tea is just one of them. These three teas have been shown through research to improve prostate health.
Tea contains polyphenols, which are what makes it so good for you. Polyphenols act as antioxidants and fight against DNA-altering free radicals. Green tea has the highest polyphenol content, and research shows that regular green tea consumption may protect against prostate and several other cancers.
One case-control study in China found that the risk of prostate cancer decreased with an increased frequency and quantity of green tea consumption.
Another study of patients with high-grade prostate intraepithelial neoplasia found that men treated with green tea catechins had consistently lower prostate-specific antigen, or PSA, values compared to placebo-treated men.
A study published in the journal Therapeutic Advances in Urology found that men with BPH who consumed a black and green tea blend enjoyed improved urine flow, reduced inflammation and improvements in overall quality of life in just six weeks.
Matcha is the highest grade of green tea. It comes in powder form and is sifted into hot water and whisked until frothy. Matcha has more caffeine than green tea--and it packs a more powerful nutritional punch--but consuming too much of it can cause liver damage and reduce the body's ability to absorb iron.
Strive to consume three or more cups of green tea each day, but don't consume more than a once-daily, 1/2-teaspoon serving of matcha powder.
While not a traditional tea, four teaspoons of crushed watermelon seeds boiled in 64 ounces of water for ten minutes nets you a drink that's known to detox the body and improve bladder and kidney function. A study on rats with induced BPH found that watermelon seed extract improved PSA levels and reduced symptoms of an enlarged prostate, and researchers believe this "tea" may have a similar impact on human prostate health.
Like watermelon tea, hibiscus tea isn't a traditional tea, but rather crushed hibiscus leaves that are steeped in hot water. Hibiscus contains high levels of polyphenols, and it's been shown to have a positive effect on BPH. A few studies suggest it may have anti-cancer properties as well--one study found that hibiscus leaf extract inhibited the growth of prostate cancer cells.
While watermelon seed and hibiscus teas need to be prepared from scratch, you can buy green tea at the supermarket. You can find flavored green tea and decaf green tea, which is ideal, since high levels of caffeine often make BPH symptoms worse.
If drinking cups of tea isn't your thing, there are other ways you can fit plenty of green tea into your diet. Use it instead of juice or milk in your morning smoothie or as the base for your oatmeal or add 1/2 teaspoon of matcha powder to the mix. Add brewed green tea leaves to your soup, stir-fry, or lasagna.
Prostavol Prostate Support contains 50 milligrams of green tea leaf, along with a variety of other ingredients shown through research to promote prostate health.
A healthy diet is your first line of defense against a number of health conditions, including prostate problems. Adding green, watermelon seed, or hibiscus tea to your daily diet can go a long way toward better prostate health.
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