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Healthy Eating for a Healthy Prostate

September is all about raising awareness for prostate cancer, and we want to help you understand what the prostate is, why it matters and how to take care of it. So, what exactly is the prostate, and why should you care about it?

According to the Prostate Cancer Foundation in Americathe prostate is a small, rubbery gland about the size of a ping-pong ball, located deep inside the groin, between the base of the penis and the rectum. It is important for reproduction, because it supplies part of the seminal fluid (semen), which mixes with sperm from the testes. Seminal fluid helps the sperm to travel and survive.”

Taking care of the prostateis a big deal for men’s overall well-beingand eating properly is one way to do so as foods play a significant role in reducing the risk of prostate cancer. Look at the list below to see if your eating habits are prostate-friendly, or if you have some work to do.

Foods for Prostate Health

1. Tomatoes: Tomatoes are packed with something called lycopene, a powerful antioxidant (elements that fight harmful molecules that destroy cells) known to reduce the risk of prostate cancer. 

2. Cruciferous Vegetables:Cabbage, pakchoi, broccoli, and cauliflower contain compounds that support prostate health.

3. Berries: Blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries are loaded with antioxidants, which help reduce inflammation and support overall health.

4. Fatty Fish: Mackerel, tuna, sardine, trout and salmon are high in omega-3 fatty acids, which have anti-inflammatory properties.

5. Green Tea: Green tea is loaded with polyphenols that may reduce the risk of prostate cancer.

6. Nuts and Seeds:Peanuts, pumpkin seeds, cashew, and flaxseeds are excellent sources of nutrients like zinc and selenium, which are vital for prostate health.

Eating right is only a part of it though. Regular checks are important if you want to maintain a healthy prostate and that’swhy the NHF has added the prostate specific antigen (PSA) test subsidy for all male NHFCardbeneficiaries over 40 years old. Early detection is key to successful treatment of prostate cancer. The subsidy is $1,600 per test and can be accessed once per year. Click here(https://www.nhf.org.jm/test-page/item/prostate-specific-antigen-psa)to learn more about this benefit.

By making smart food choices and taking advantage of what the NHF offers, you can take charge of your prostate’s health. Remember, your health is an invaluable asset, and investing in it today will lead to a brighter, healthier future.

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