PSA (prostatic specific antigen) is a protein produced by the cells of the prostate. It is considered normal to have a low level of PSA in your blood, but as men age, their levels can increase. Higher levels of PSA can indicate prostate cancer or benign conditions of the prostate. Benign conditions include BPH (benign prostate hyperplasia, or prostate enlargement) and inflammation of the prostate. It is important for men to keep PSA levels down, and there are many natural ways of accomplishing this.
Diet plays a role in prostate health. What you eat affects the levels of PSA in your system, so it is a good idea to know what raises PSA levels, and what will help lower them.
Cut back how on much animal fat you consume or don't eat any at all to lower your risks for prostate cancer or infection. Keeping these risks low will also help to keep your PSA level down.
Drink approximately six to eight glasses of water a day. Dry prostates tend to have more problems than hydrated prostates. Eat foods with high soluble fibre such as beans and vegetables. It is recommended that you consume approximately 25 to 30 grams of fibre each day. Another good source of fibre is oatmeal.
Tomatoes are well known for their lycopene content. Lycopene is a necessary dietary supplement for reducing PSA levels. A study conducted at Harvard Medical School shows that the chance of developing prostate cancer in men who consumed tomatoes and tomato products at least twice a week was decreased by 21 to 34 per cent. Those who consumed 10 or more servings a week lowered their risk by 45 per cent. If you don't like fresh tomatoes, try eating them cooked. Cooked tomatoes have more lycopene.
Selenium, which is found in foods such as sunflower seeds, Brazil nuts and tuna, is considered a miracle mineral for prostates. You should consume approximately 200 milligrams to get the best benefit.
Another recommendation, made by the American Medical Association, is to take a good multivitamin, preferably one with vitamin E. Men should take 50 milligrams of vitamin E daily to reduce their risk of prostate cancer. By keeping your prostate healthy and functioning at its optimum, you can help lower or keep your PSA level down.
Cranberries and cranberry juice are a natural diuretic and will help get rid of excess urine that collects and can cause infection of the prostate, which can raise PSA levels. Cranberries also have natural antibacterial properties. Green tea contains an enzyme inhibitor that inhibits cancer cell growth. Inhibiting cancer cell growth will keep your PSA levels down.
Saw palmetto largely populates Florida, especially in Everglades. The dwarf palms contain oily berries, which are used to create the herb saw palmetto. Over the years, saw palmetto has become known as a male herb, treating prostate problems from BPH to aiding in prostate infections.