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Can prostate health be found in a bottle?

There are many different names for products that manufacturers are hoping you think that if taken as recommended will lead to a “healthy prostate”.  

You have most likely noticed them in the store or online with names ranging from Prostate Defense to Super Beta Prostate Support. Other than a high price tag are they really any better or even just as good at enhancing men’s health than what we can ingest naturally in our food?

There is significant evidence that focusing on a plant based diet contains the necessary nutrients to promote prostate health. Diets that a rich in fruit, vegetables, whole grains, fish, and healthy oils provide an appropriately balanced amount of these nutrients that you would unlikely even need a multivitamin. 

Specific nutrients that may help decrease the risk of prostate cancer include isoflavones including soybeans, tofu, and edamame beans. Green tea also includes flavonoids which act as an antioxidant which may prevent precancerous growths from beginning cancerous tumors. Antioxidant properties can also be found in red fruits such as watermelon, pink grapefruit and tomatoes, or vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, kale, and brussel sprouts.  

The supplement of magnesium is fairly easy to get in your diet. Sources of magnesium include fruits, veggies, whole grains, nuts, seeds, tofu, and dark chocolate. 

When considering whether to reach for a pill it is also important to realize that your body tends to absorb food nutrients better than supplements in the form of a pill. Furthermore, many of these products include higher levels of certain supplementation that are not needed or used by the body or may actually be dangerous for certain men.

If you make the above food choices in your daily diet, you will both save money and enjoy a healthier lifestyle.

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Barbi Kaplan-Frenkel, DO

Barbi’s patients can expect her to be open, caring and positive. She values being part of a team that is committed to both excellence and compassion.

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