Health Conditions : Prostate Health
The prostate’s job is to add acids, trace elements, and enzymes to seminal fluid at the moment of ejaculation; these activate the sperm and give semen its distinctive smell. With age and changing hormone levels, prostate tends to enlarge and stiffen. About a third of cases clear up of their own accord, but an enlarged prostate can cause related infection in the bladder and the kidneys.
Changes in the level of several hormones are involved with prostate enlargement, but the key one is a version of the testosterone, known as dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Reducing levels of DHT reduces the size of the prostate. DHT levels go up with alcohol (especially beer) consumption and with stress, and come down with zinc and Vitamin B6. Zinc also cuts down the rate at which testosterone is converted to DHT.
Conditions favouring an increase in DHT include exposure to pesticides and other drugs found in the environment such as dioxin and biphenyls. Therefore a diet of natural whole foods is advised. Also recommended are various supplements; calcium, magnesium, bioflavonoid, and carotenes, which can help the body deal with the presence of toxic chemicals. The herbs saw palmetto and ginseng both inhibit the production of DHT.