March 5, 2016
By The Institute for Natural Healing
Enlarged prostate is linked to hormonal changes in men, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. There are certain foods that can exacerbate these changes, triggering prostate growth.
Others may worsen the symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), which is the medical term for enlarged prostate.
Generally, men with prostate concerns should avoid all foods for which they have sensitivity issues or allergies. These foods cause inflammation, which in turn may lead to an enlarged prostate or worsening of prostate symptoms.
Researchers have found that cereals and breads can worsen BPH symptoms. In a 2006 study published in the scientific journal Urology, scientists found that while these grain products exacerbated enlarged prostate symptoms, pasta, which is typically made from wheat flour, did not.
2. Aged Cheeses
Ripened and aged cheeses can trigger prostate symptoms. These include blue cheeses such as Stilton and Gorgonzola. Aged Cheddar, Swiss, Edam, and Gouda cheeses should also be avoided.
3. Yellow Cherries
Some men with BPH have discovered that yellow varieties of cherries make their symptoms worse. Two common yellow varieties include Rainier and Queen Ann.
Orange juice is the biggest culprit. But grapefruit juice and fresh citrus can also lead to prostate problems.
Men with BPH have reported that zucchini, yellow squash, and other summer squash varieties have caused problems.
6. Fermented Foods
Sauerkraut and pickled herring are likely prostate symptom stimulants.
- Dried meats, fish, and sausage
Aged beef, game, dried fish, and sausage should be avoided.
8. Certain wines
Red wines can trigger prostate flare-ups. The most common culprits seemed to be aged wines, especially Port, and Chianti.
9. Monosodium Glutamate
MSG or monosodium glutamate is added to foods as a taste enhancer. Some people are sensitive to it and men with BPH have reported that it worsens symptoms. MSG is a man-made sodium salt of glutamic acid. It is found in many processed foods. Unfortunately, MSG isn’t always listed separately as an ingredient. These ingredients may have MSG as a component: textured protein, autolyzed yeast, hydrolyzed protein, calcium caseinate, and sodium caseinate.
10. Soy products
Foods made from soybeans, especially fermented products, are known to trigger BPH symptom. These include soy sauce, teriyaki sauce, Worcestershire sauce, tofu, and shrimp paste.