The essential practices to keep your prostate healthy

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AMMAN — The prostate is a small chestnut-sized and shaped gland that produces a secretion of enzymes that are helpful for sperm during ejaculation.
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As men age, their prostate can suffer various complications, which is why taking preventative measures is necessary. 

The prostate is a gland located at the bladder neck, where the urinary urethral tract and the seminal tract meet.

With age, men’s prostate can suffer from enlargement, inflammation, infection, and in some cases, cancer. 

The enlargement of the prostate can be caused by testosterone, inflammation, stone formation, and infections. Risk factors that lead to an unhealthy prostate include obesity, lack of exercise, urinary tract problems, and excess hormones.

Men with an unhealthy prostate can experience these symptoms: Constant waking up to use the bathroom, difficulty in starting urination, hesitancy in starting to urinate, or having a poor flow of urine, terminal dribbling post urinating, urge to urinate, high frequency of urination, and the feeling of not being able to completely empty the bladder after urinating.

These symptoms might appear all at once in varying degrees.

However, if you are continuously experiencing these symptoms for a prolonged period of time, you should check with your doctor and receive medical attention as soon as you can. 

However, if you are experiencing mild symptoms infrequently, there are natural ways to help your prostate.

Living a balanced healthy life can help alleviate and prevent symptoms from occurring.

Similarly, exercise and reducing excess weight can decrease fat tissue. 

Exercises like swimming, cycling, and horseback riding can help the pelvic muscles squeeze the prostate and get rid of clogged secretions.

Regular weekly intercourse is also proven to help with prostate health and in clearing the prostatic channels. 

Studies have shown a link between married men and men who are in a steady relationship who have intercourse at least twice weekly and a decrease in prostate problems compared to men who were not in long-term relationships.
Consuming naturally colorful food is also helpful both generally and for the prostate because they contain antioxidants like Lycopene, a naturally occurring pigment found in many fruits and vegetables.

Other food supplements that can help the prostate include Pygeum Africana, or plum extract, which is a herbal extract taken from the bark of the African cherry tree. The tree is also known as the African plum tree or Prunus Africana. 

The impact of the food and supplements mentioned above should work due to their anti-inflammatory agents affecting the prostate. 

Preliminary studies have shown that beta-sitosterol, a compound similar to cholesterol, may also help improve urine flow and reduce the amount of urine left in the bladder after urination.

Beta-sitosterol is one of several plant-based substances known as phytosterols. Phytosterols are similar in structure to cholesterol and may help reduce the risk of heart disease if consumed in ample quantities.

A supplement that includes beta-sitosterol is the stinging nettle, a plant easily found around most areas of the world.

Both the stems and the leaves of stinging nettles are covered by structures that look like hairs but are delicate and hollow. 

Saw palmetto, a shrublike palm native to the southeastern US, and Cucurbita pepo, pumpkin seed, both contain beta-sitosterol.

These supplements are sometimes used in combination to help with prostate issues.

Other supplements such as the Chinese herbal mixture called Zi-Shen Pill have been shown to help reduce the symptoms and difficulties of urination.

Cernilton, a herbal supplement made from rye-grass pollen, the Brazilian Babassu or Orbignya speciosa, a species of palm trees, Zinc, and green tea, have all also been shown to help.

People looking to prevent prostate issues or alleviate already existing symptoms should refrain from smoking cigarettes or any other form of smoking. 

Finally, visiting your urologist and getting an annual checkup for your prostate is still one of the best prevention practices, especially after the age of 50. Checkups are also a critical practice to screen for the potential presence of prostate cancer.

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