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Probiotics May Help Prostate Health

By    |   Tuesday, 01 Mar 2016 05:26 PM

The American Prostatitis Associations calls probiotics a natural and alternative solution to chronic prostatitis, an inflammation of the prostate, which typically results in pain.

Probiotics are healthy bacteria found in the gut. They are in yogurt and fermented foods, though consumers may also purchase them as dietary supplements.

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Probiotics have proven helpful in treating bacteria prostatitis, according to the APA. This is especially true if the disease is induced by taking antibiotics, which destroy all types of microflora in the body — both bad and good, such as probiotics. Taking probiotics helps to return the balance of the bacteria in the gut and crowd out the bad ones.

Some scientists have suggested taking antibiotics has caused men to develop chronic prostatitis, the APA reported. Others think prostatitis is an autoimmune disease, and since probiotics contribute to immune health, taking the supplements can help treat it.

Benign prostatic hyperplasia refers to an enlarged prostate. Although bacteria is not the cause for this disease, keeping up a healthy immune system by consuming probiotics may be helpful in treating the symptoms of BPH, said Prostate.net. Additionally, BPH is often frequently paired with urinary tract infections. Probiotics have been shown to help with symptoms of that, as well.

No one knows what causes prostate cancer. Inflammation, however, can cause changes in DNA, which could lead to the creation of cancerous cells, according to Prostate.net. If that’s the case, taking probiotics to reduce inflammation could help with decreasing the risk of developing the disease.

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The APA recommends men take both Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium genus strands of probiotics for the sake of prostate health. Both have lactic acid properties that allow them to survive past the acidity of the stomach and promote immunity from the gastrointestinal tract. The Bifidobacterium may also have some anticancer properties.

Livestrong.com specifically mentions Lactobacillus acidophilus as being good for the prostate, as well as the body’s general immunity health. This strain comes in fermented dairy products. One report released explains that this probiotic reduces the risk for prostatitis and can compete with harmful bacteria that cause the disease. The probiotic also creates antibacterial compounds that work as natural antibiotics.

Body Ecology notes that eating fermented food can also decrease the acidity level in the body. Low pH numbers, which indicate higher acidity, increases the risk for cancerous cells to develop. Prostate cancer is the second most prevalent form of cancer in men.

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