Dr Alan Desmond, renowned Gastroenterologist and leading gut expert, shares his top ten tips for a healthy prostate.

10 Ways Diet Can Benefit Prostate Health

1. Reach for the tomatoes:

Tomatoes and foods made from tomatoes – like salsa, pasta sauce, and even ketchup – are all rich sources of lycopene. High intake of this nutrient has been linked to a 35% reduced risk of developing aggressive forms of prostate cancer. If you’re not a tomato fan, you can get your lycopene fix from apricots, watermelons, and pink grapefruits.

2. Learn to love Brussels sprouts:

Regular consumption of Brussels sprouts and other cruciferous vegetables – think broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower – has been linked to a reduced risk of prostate cancer.

3. Skip the red and processed meat:

Bacon, sausages, beef, and other red and processed meats are best minimized or avoided for a healthier prostate. The Health Professionals Follow-Up Study found an 18% greater risk for advanced prostate cancer in men with the highest red and processed meat intake compared to those consuming the least.

4. Make sure you are getting your “5-a-day” (at a minimum):

One very large study showed that high consumption of fruits and vegetables overall is linked to a reduced risk of benign swelling of the prostate gland in later years. Researchers highlighted key phytonutrients to focus on, including beta-carotene, lycopene, lutein, zeaxanthin, and vitamin C. Examples of foods that will put these on your plate each day are carrots, tomatoes, spinach, sweet potatoes, broccoli, leafy greens, corn, oranges, melon, and kiwi.

5. Incorporate plant-based sources of omega-3s:

Omega-3 fatty acids, found in flaxseedschia seeds, and walnuts, have been shown to reduce inflammation and may help lower the risk of prostate cancer. Try adding flaxseeds or chia seeds to your smoothies or oatmeal and enjoy a handful of walnuts as a snack.

6. Choose whole grains over refined grains:

Whole grains like brown rice, quinoa, whole wheat bread, and oats are excellent sources of fiber, which can help maintain a healthy weight and reduce the risk of prostate problems. Refined grains, on the other hand, can lead to weight gain and other health issues.

7. Drink green tea:

Green tea is packed with antioxidants, particularly catechins, which have been shown to have cancer-fighting properties. Some studies suggest that regular consumption of green tea can help lower the risk of prostate cancer. Try swapping your usual cup of coffee for green tea a few times a week.

8. Snack on nuts and seeds:

Nuts and seeds, such as almonds, walnuts, and flaxseeds, are rich in healthy fats and antioxidants. These nutrients can help reduce inflammation and support overall prostate health. A handful of nuts or a sprinkle of seeds on your salad can make a big difference.

9. Include soy products in your diet:

Soybeans and soy products like tofu, tempeh, and soy milk contain isoflavones, which have been shown to have protective effects against prostate cancer. Including soy in your diet a few times a week can provide these beneficial nutrients.

10. Stay hydrated with plenty of water:

Staying well-hydrated is crucial for overall health, including prostate health. Drinking plenty of water can help flush out toxins and keep your urinary system functioning properly. Aim for at least eight glasses of water a day.

Don’t be embarrassed to talk to your GP about any symptoms or worries you might have regarding your prostate health. Early detection and treatment can make a significant difference, so make sure to seek medical advice if needed. 

Common Symptoms of Prostate Issues to Watch For:

If you experience any of the following, it’s a good idea to consult your GP:

1. Frequent trips to pass water: Especially at night.

2. Difficulty starting or stopping: A weak or interrupted flow of urine.

3. Pain or discomfort when weeing: This could indicate an infection or other issues.

4. Discomfort or pain in the pelvic area: This could be a sign of prostate inflammation or other issues.

Joanne Swann, Content Manager, WorkWellPro
Editor at Workplace Wellbeing Professional | Website

Joanne is the editor for Workplace Wellbeing Professional and has a keen interest in promoting the safety and wellbeing of the global workforce. After earning a bachelor's degree in English literature and media studies, she taught English in China and Vietnam for two years. Before joining Work Well Pro, Joanne worked as a marketing coordinator for luxury property, where her responsibilities included blog writing, photography, and video creation.