A larger prostate can cause various problems with passing urine, as it surrounds the tube through which urine is removed from the body.
Yet an enlarged prostate is more common in ageing men so you are less likely to be troubled by it in your youthful years.
If both issues have become increasingly pressing in recent years, evidence suggests a supplement may help.
Maca-based supplements, which are derived from the plant native to Peru, have shown promise in boosting libido and reducing an enlarged prostate.
One of the studies reviewed included nine healthy men.
After consuming maca for four months, researchers detected an increase in the volume, count and motility of sperm.
Maca’s prostate-reducing prowess
Several studies in rodents suggest that red maca reduces prostate size.
Research suggests that the effect of red maca on the prostate is linked to its high amount of glucosinolates.
To do this, you should:
- Eat a balanced calorie-controlled diet as recommended by a GP or weight loss management health professional (such as a dietitian)
- Join a local weight loss group
- Take up activities such as fast walking, jogging, swimming or tennis for 150 to 300 minutes (2.5 to 5 hours) a week
- Eat slowly and avoid situations where you know you could be tempted to overeat
“You may also benefit from receiving psychological support from a trained healthcare professional to help change the way you think about food and eating,” advises the NHS.
In addition to helping you to maintain a healthy weight, eating a healthy, balanced diet provides a direct barrier against deadly conditions, such as heart disease.
According to the British Heart Foundation (BHF), try to eat:
- Plenty of fruit and vegetables
- Plenty of starchy foods such as bread, rice, potatoes and pasta. Choose wholegrain varieties wherever possible
- Some milk and dairy products
- Some meat, fish, eggs, beans and other non-dairy sources of protein
- Only a small amount of foods and drinks high in fats and/or sugar.