Avoiding Certain Foods Can Reduce BPH Symptoms

Published: 15th September 2010
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When you are dealing with the problems and symptoms of an enlarged prostate, or benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), it seems like everyone is ready to suggest something new for you to take. Add this supplement to your diet. Try this new medication. It's all about adding things.
There is another option: removing certain foods from your diet. Although a healthy diet cannot cure an enlarged prostate, the proper balance of foods can reduce the outbreaks of BPH symptoms.
During his own struggle with symptoms of an enlarged prostate, R. Rosenthal began to track his food intake. Through this process, he discovered a pattern of symptom flare-ups following the consumption of certain foods. Rosenthal began to research these foods and found that tyramines and other vaso-active amines triggered his symptoms.
Because vaso-active amines occur naturally in foods, Rosenthal found that the best way to reduce his symptoms was to reduce his intake of foods with the amines. He also discovered that monosodium glutamate, more commonly known as MSG, which is added to many foods during the manufacturing process, could trigger his BPH symptoms.
Rosenthal then compiled a list of foods to avoid in order to reduce symptom flare-ups of benign prostatic hyperplasia symptoms. He was able to break these foods into various categories, including: dairy, fruits, vegetables, proteins, fermented foods, beverages, soups, and sauces.
Once Rosenthal removed specific foods from his diet, he was able to control the outbreak of his symptoms. As mentioned before, a change in diet cannot cure an enlarged prostate, but it can make living with an enlarged prostate more bearable.

Learn more about the foods to avoid in the enlarged prostate diet and other BPH environmental triggers. You can also read Rosenthal's own enlarged prostate story at the Prostate Helper website.

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