As men age, they often seek cures for their enlarged prostate beyond typical medications or surgical treatment options. Here are six things to try for relief of enlarged prostate symptoms.
1. Saw palmetto
This herbal remedy has been used for hundreds of years to treat urinary symptoms including those from an enlarged prostate. Some smaller studies have shown some improvement in urinary symptoms, but larger studies have not shown statistical effectiveness, according to the National Institutes of Health
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A mixture of substances called sitosterols taken from different plants has been shown in studies to relieve urinary symptoms from an enlarged prostate, with no major side effects reported, according to Healthline
3. Rye grass pollen extract
A review of various studies published in BJU International showed moderate improvement in enlarged prostate
symptoms, especially waking at night to urinate and urinating more completely.
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4. Healthy diet
There aren’t particular foods that seem to help with prostate symptoms, but a low-fat diet with five or more vegetables a day is associated with a lower risk, according to the Mayo Clinic
. Vegetables high in vitamin C and foods high in zinc were especially beneficial, and drinking two glasses of alcohol a day also seemed to lower risk, although drinking alcohol once the prostate is already enlarged may not be beneficial.
5. Pelvic-strengthening exercises
Kegel exercises tighten and strengthen the pelvic muscles. Many times women are told to do Kegels to counteract the stresses of pregnancy and childbirth, but Kegels can also help counteract the impact of an enlarged prostate, according to The New York Times
6. Avoid these things
Stress, cold weather, and over-the-counter cold and sinus medications can all have negative impacts on an enlarged prostate. Taking good care of yourself can bring relief to troublesome symptoms like frequent urination and pain while urinating.
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