7 Great Foods To Help Prevent An Enlarged Prostate So You Can Urinate

7 Great Foods To Help Prevent An Enlarged Prostate So You Can Urinate

I think you can agree with me that finding a solution, any solution to BPH, an enlarged prostate that affects the need to urine, but can’t, is a must.

If you have ever wondered if there were foods to help stop the pressure and inflammation in the prostate, then you are in luck.

The problem that I have found is there is too much information on the internet about BPH and enlarged prostate. Finding the right information when you need it most can be a challenge.

The good news is I have done all the research for you, so you don’t have to worry about spending countless hours staring at the computer screen or your tiny phone for answers to your BHP questions.

I have worked in healthcare for over eight years, managed a medical clinic and helped patients just like you reduce pain, inflammation and treat problems related to men’s health.

In this post, I am going to outline some simple foods you can add to your daily nutrition routine.  These foods not only taste good and are good for you but are also great for the prostate, the organ that can swell and cause BPH.

Eating just some of these foods could go a long way to preventing or lowering your risk for BPH.

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#1: Sesame seeds

Consider that if you want to live a long and healthy life, free from inflammation which can cause pain in the joints, stomach, and intestines, enlarged prostate and more, then beginning a healthy eating routine is necessary.  So start now. Some science points to inflammation as one of the causes of BPH so start eating healthy today and avoid prostate problems later on.

The first and most natural for a man to eat are sesame seeds.  These little easy to access seeds are fun to snack on, taste great and are rich in Zinc. Zinc is a mineral that is essential to prostate health.  According to a study in the Indian Journal of Urology men with BPH or who have prostate cancer have lower levels of zinc, which can be as little as seventy-five percent lower than men with healthy prostates.

The good news is that zinc consumed in foods is easier to absorb than taking zinc supplements.  So go out and grab a couple of bags of sesame seeds, almonds, adzuki beans or pumpkin seeds and enjoy.


#2: Salmon

Raw salmon pieces on wooden board with herbs, salt and spices

Salmon is by far my most favorite fish and is excellent for an enlarged prostate.  I love to make it just shy of fully cooked.  This way it has a little pink in the middle right when removed from the oven.  Once I place this delicious fish on top of the stove the residual temperate, as it cools cooks it to perfection.  It flakes off easy and is moist when eaten.

Salmon is the perfect protein source to exchange for fast food, hamburgers, pizza and other foods that can cause weight gain.  According to the Mayo Clinic, obesity is associated with an enlarged prostate.

But not only does this fish taste good it is high in ingredients that help with many things such as:

  • cardiovascular disease
  • cancer
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • inflammation
  • weight gain

On top of all the health benefits listed research suggests that the healthy fats from salmon combined with exercise could protect you from obesity as well.

Some people despise fish.  If you are one of them, then try some of these other significant sources of omega-3s, such as walnuts, ground flax seeds, chia seeds, and canola oil. There are lesser amounts found in kidney beans and soybeans as well.


#3: Bell peppers

Bell peppers are another great food that can help with an enlarged prostate.  Bell peppers are great to add to many dishes such as fajitas, chili, egg dishes, etc. is bell peppers.  According to the Mayo Clinic, vitamin C found in many vegetables may play a role in fighting BPH.

One cup of raw bell peppers contains roughly 200 percent of your daily required in-take of vitamin C. Below is a list of other vegetables also rich in vitamin C:

  • broccoli
  • cauliflower
  • kale
  • brussels sprouts


#4: Tomatoes

Tomatoes are another food that can assist with inflammation or an enlarged prostate. Being a big fan of Italian food I can’t get enough of tomatoes.  Tomatoes are rich in lycopene a bright carotenoid. This carotenoid is the ingredient that makes tomatoes shine red.

Lycopene may lower the risk of developing prostate cancer in men who consume this delicious fruit regularly.   Lycopene in tomatoes can also help men with BPH by helping reduce an enlarged prostate, according to the National Cancer Institute.

Tomatoes are a fruit even though they are stored in the vegetable section at the grocery store.

Some other studies suggest that lycopene actually slowed the progression of BPH in participants.  Lycopene also helps to lower a prostate-specific antigen, which we all know is called PSA.  PSA is often associated with prostate inflammation, prostate cancer, and BPH. PSA is something as men we want to be the lowest number possible.

Just make sure to include your lycopene-rich food with fat like avocado, nuts, oils or butter to enhance absorption.

Here are some foods other than tomatoes where you can get Lycopene:

  • watermelon
  • apricots
  • pink grapefruit
  • papaya


#5: Avocados

Avocados are another favorite food of mine, especially in guacamole and they also help with an enlarged prostate.  This delicious fatty food is rich in beta-sitosterol.  Beta-sitosterol is a plant sterol that many believe reduces symptoms associated with BPH.  

There are even some men that have taken beta-sitosterol supplements who insist that they have had better urinary flow and less residual volume of urine.

There is no proof however the Mayo Clinic warns that the safety and effectiveness of beta-sitosterol supplements are not proven.

Here are some foods other than avocados, which are rich in beta-sitosterol:

  • pumpkin seeds
  • wheat germ
  • soybeans
  • pecans


#6: Vegetables

Eating more vegetables is always something health nuts, nutritionist and some doctors recommend, and vegetables help with an enlarged prostate.

But did you know that eating more vegetables can help lower your risk of BPH?  In fact, leafy green vegetables like broccoli also reduce the risk of prostate problems, including BPH and prostate cancer.

Garlic and onion can also lower your risk of BPH if consumed regularly.


#7: Tofu

Tofu is another food that can aid men with an enlarged prostate. Tofu is a food substance made from soybeans.  It was thought to believe that these isoflavones reduce BPH growth. However, a recent study suggests that soy only decreases cancerous cell growth in the prostate.

Another study found that soy isoflavones help with symptoms and signs of lower urinary tract symptoms due to BPH.

Here are some sources of soybean isoflavones, try these whole soy foods:

  • soymilk
  • tempeh
  • edamame or cooked soybeans
  • roasted soybeans
  • soy yogurt

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As you can see living with the need to urinate when you can’t is nothing any of us want.  An enlarged prostate is a serious condition that many men face. According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, fifty percent of men over the age of fifty have an enlarged prostate or benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH).  By the age of 80, nearly 90 percent of men will live with BPH.

According to the Mayo Clinic, diet plays an important role in helping prevent BPH. Chances are if you are a man, some point in time an enlarged prostate,  or BPH will be something that plagues you as well.

However, the good news is that armed with a stable diet of the seven foods outlined you could reduce the chances that you may develop BPH, prostate cancer or prostate inflammation.

Stay tuned to other articles on BPH such as ‘Can BPH be fixed without medication or surgery‘ or ‘What medications should I avoid if I have BPH’.

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