The prostate is a small but important organ in the male reproductive system. It’s about the size of a walnut and is partly muscular and partly glandular.

What does the prostate do?

In the glands, the prostate produces a thick, milky-white fluid that, together with sperm cells from the testicles and fluids from other glands, makes up semen. The muscles of the prostate ensure that the semen is forcefully pressed into the urethra and then expelled outwards during ejaculation.

The prostate is located just behind the male rectum and situated just below the bladder. It also partly wraps around the urethra – the tube that urine passes through on its way out of the bladder and the body. The rectum is just behind the prostate, making it possible to feel the gland from the rectum, using the finger.

Men over the age of 50 should have their prostate checked regularly by their doctor to ensure that the prostate has not become enlarged. This is especially important if there is a family history of prostate cancer. Prostate cancer is the number one internal cancer that takes the lives of Australian men, making prostate health essential for all men. Here are some natural ways to promote a healthy prostate:

1. Herbal Medicines

Look for herbal supplements or medicines that contain two important herbs; epilobium and saw palmetto. These herbs have been found to help promote and maintain ongoing healthy prostate function and can also aid in the treatment of prostate-related issues such as frequent and irregular urinating habits.

2. Diet

Make sure you get enough vegetables and fruit in your diet, especially leafy greens. Good fats from foods like nuts and avocado are also great for prostate health. Avoid red meats and opt for lean proteins such as fish and skinless chicken.

3. Exercise

Research has found that the more active men are, the lower their chances of getting an enlarged prostate. Walking and/or getting active in some way, on a daily basis, can have a positive impact on overall prostate health and is highly recommended for men of all ages.

Learn More

There are a number of natural remedies, herbal medicines and lifestyle changes all men can make to help promote a healthy prostate. To learn more about how to naturally maintain your health, contact the Australian School of Herbal Medicine to enrol in our online course.