An enlarged prostate, medically known as benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH, is common among aging men, and it can cause lower urinary tract symptoms that can have far-reaching effects on your quality of life. Lower urinary tract symptoms of BPH include urinating eight or more times a day, the inability to delay urination, and trouble getting the urine stream started. BPH can also cause pain during urination or ejaculation as well as a frequent need to urinate while you're sleeping.
According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, around half of all men over the age of 50 have an enlarged prostate, and by the age of 80, almost 90 percent of men are afflicted.
The good news is that there are a number of things you can do to help prevent BPH or slow its progression. Eating a healthy diet rich in lycopene is one of them. A study published in the Journal of Nutrition found that lycopene not only inhibits the progression of BPH, but it also improves symptoms associated with it.
Lycopene is a natural pigment made by plants. Red in color and dissolved by fats, lycopene helps plants use the sun's energy to make nutrients. In addition to its positive effects on prostate enlargement, it's also been shown through laboratory and animal studies to help reduce the risk of some cancers, including prostate, breast, and liver cancer.
According to the National Cancer Institute, a number of studies show a link between lycopene consumption and a lower risk of prostate cancer.
In one promising study, men with BPH or prostate cancer were fed dishes containing lycopene-rich tomato sauce for three weeks before prostate-removal surgery. At the time of surgery, they had markedly lower prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels and greater cancer cell death, compared to men who didn't consume the tomato sauce dishes.
In another similar study of men with prostate cancer that hadn't spread, lycopene supplements were administered for three weeks before prostate-removal surgery. The men who received the lycopene supplement had smaller tumors and lower PSA levels than the non-lycopene control group.
A number of clinical trials involving lycopene supplements have found that lycopene produces very few side effects aside from rare, mild gastrointestinal discomfort. These went away when lycopene was taken with meals.
Since lycopene is fat soluble, eating a little healthy fat along with the lycopene-rich food will ensure you get the most benefit. Supplements containing lycopene can help ensure you get plenty of this powerful antioxidant in your diet.
Prostavol is a daily supplement that contains a therapeutic dose of lycopene, along with a number of other ingredients proven through research to improve prostate-related problems. Whether you're approaching 50 and want to take a proactive approach to prostate health or you're already showing signs of an enlarged prostate, taking Prostavol each day can help slow the progression of BPH and improve lower urinary tract symptoms caused by an enlarged prostate.
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