There are many natural ways to treat an enlarged prostate, and medications and surgery may not always be necessary. Treatment options range from general lifestyle changes to herbal remedies.
You should keep in mind that the medical community does often not test herbal remedies. Traditional medicine tends to look at herbal remedies as being ineffective, even though anecdotal evidence shows otherwise. However, you must remember that many of today’s popular medications are derived from plants. Herbal remedies can be highly effective in many cases.
Lifestyle modification is the first natural treatment option. You must make some changes to your general lifestyle in order to reduce prostate size and keep it from getting larger.
Lifestyle modifications include:
Eating a healthy diet rich in antioxidants, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains
Reducing alcohol consumption to no more than 2 drinks per day
Getting more exercise
Reducing caffeine consumption
Drinking less right before bedtime
In addition to these lifestyle changes, you may explore herbal options. One of the most common herbal treatments for an enlarged prostate is saw palmetto. Saw palmetto has shown a lot of promise in clinical trials, although those trials are still ongoing. Anecdotal evidence has proven that saw palmetto can be a good treatment option for many men.
Another herbal remedy for an enlarged prostate is red clover. Red clover is very high in antioxidants that may protect the prostate, and may also help prevent prostate cancer.
Zinc is considered an important element in prostate health. It can help with both enlarged prostates and inflamed prostates. Studies have shown that a deficiency of zinc can enlarge the prostate, and raising serum zinc levels in the blood may reverse the problem.
You should supplement 50 to 100 milligrams of zinc per day to reduce an enlarged prostate, and take in at least 15 milligrams per day to prevent it from growing once it is returned to normal size.