Just for Men: Prostate, Bladder & Sexual Health

Just for Men: Prostate, Bladder & Sexual Health

Men's health can be hard to talk about. But as men age, prostate health, bladder health and sexual health are all vitally important. Your prostate can change at the physical and even cellular level. When this happens, it can affect everything from urination patterns to sexual function.

  1. Protecting prostate health

    Your prostate is a male reproductive gland. What's good for your prostate is good for the rest of you: reduce or eliminate red meat, salt and alcohol. Eat brightly-colored fruits and vegetables (the redder the better). Why? They're packed with carotenoids, like lycopene. Extracts of saw palmetto and stinging nettle root are good for your prostate as well.

  2. Bathroom break: promoting a healthy bladder

    When you gotta go, you gotta go! Your bladder may be near your prostate, but it has a much different job—which is to store and then eliminate liquid waste. As such, your bladder is sensitive to your diet, so eat (and drink) as clean as possible. It might seem counter-intuitive, but consuming plenty of water is key to bladder health. And pumpkin seed extract has been found to be bladder-friendly, too.

  3. Maintaining healthy sexual function

    For men, sexual health is related to hormone balance, overall physical health and even stress levels. But the single most important factor is healthy blood flow. To help maintain healthy circulation to the male organs, try extracts like Kaempferia parviflora, maca, muira puama and ginseng. In addition, L-arginine promotes nitric oxide production in your arteries—which is another great way to promote healthy blood flow.

General Men's Health

The right diet, lifestyle choices and nutrition are required to support prostate and hormone health, sexual function and more.

Men's Health Information & Research

How can men maintain healthy testosterone levels?

Men can help maintain healthy testosterone levels through supplementation with DHEA, zinc, antioxidants, the flavonoids chrysin and quercetin, nettle root, as well as adequate protein intake.

What nutrients promote prostate health?

A healthy prostate is essential to men’s health. Certain nutrients can support prostate health. Lycopene, for instance, is a carotenoid that inhibits oxidative stress and promotes healthy prostate size and function. Estrogen is a naturally occurring hormone that can affect prostate health as men age. Norway spruce extract can help maintain healthy estrogen:testosterone ratios. Nettle root extract, beta-sitosterol, and flax seed can also help maintain prostate health as you age.

How do you support optimal sexual health as you age?

Sexual health depends foremost on general health and following the standard lifestyle advice to support it: consume a healthy diet, engage in regular physical activity, maintain a healthy weight, learn to manage stress and don’t smoke. However, normal aging can impact optimal sexual health. Supplements such as pregnenolone, DHEA, progesterone, estrogenic plant compounds and plant-based testosterone boosters can help support sexual health as we age. The amino acid arginine and plant extracts including those from Kaempferia parviflora, maca, muira puama and ginseng may also help support healthy male sexual response and function.

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