Prostatitis Diet: Foods To Eat and Avoid

Prostatitis is the general term for inflammation of the prostate.

It is a common condition that can affect men of all ages, although it is especially prevalent in men aged 30- 50 years.

This article takes a closer look at the link between diet and prostatitis.

Types of prostatitis

  • Chronic bacterial prostatitis.
  • Asymptomatic prostatitis.

Diagnosing the type of prostatitis you have will help to determine the cause, and therefore, the best treatment plan.

A doctor will usually prescribe a course of antibiotics in the case of acute bacterial prostatitis caused by a bacterial infection.

Bacterial infection also causes chronic bacterial prostatitis. It’s seen in men who’ve had frequent UTIs (urinary tract infection).

However, some research suggests dietary changes could also be useful.

What is prostatitis?

Prostatitis is a condition that causes inflammation to develop in the prostate gland. In some cases, the disease can be acute and will get better in a short period.

Some men, however, may develop chronic prostatitis. This is when the inflammation persists over a longer period of time.

Among male patients who consult with a specialist, prostatitis is one of the most commonly diagnosed diseases.

Further, roughly two million men who account for outpatient visits in the United States receive a prostatitis diagnosis each year.

Approximately 8.2% of all men will experience symptoms that link with prostatitis during their lifetime.

Symptoms of prostatitis

Symptoms of prostatitis will vary in their severity, depending on the type you have. Some of the most common signs and symptoms include:

How does diet affect prostatitis?

Diet is the cornerstone of good health, and although no single diet for prostatitis has been established, many studies have shown that certain foods and drinks can trigger symptoms.

A study in Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice reviewed 2,385 patients (1,710 men and 675 women) with symptoms of prostatitis or the urethral syndrome.

All patients were treated with a strict diet, which eliminated caffeine, alcohol, and hot, spicy foods for 12 weeks.

Overall, the results showed an 87% success rate in men and an 89% success rate in women after 12 weeks of dietary treatment only.

Further, spicy foods, caffeine, and alcohol were again identified as symptom aggregators in a 2013 study.

The study in the Journal of Urology found that about half of 95 CP/CPPS patients surveyed reported that certain foods and beverages aggravated their symptoms.

These include spicy foods (such as hot peppers and chili), coffee, tea, and alcoholic beverages.

It was also determined that water, herbal teas, fiber, and stool softeners alleviate symptoms.

Experts recommend drinking plenty of fluids and eating high-fiber foods, such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

Further research…

In a more recent study, the effects of both diet and lifestyle on chronic prostatitis/ pelvic pain syndrome were examined. 784 men with CP/CPPS were enrolled in this study.

The results indicate age, night shift work, stress, smoking, alcohol consumption, low water intake, an imbalanced diet, delaying ejaculation, and holding urine are potential risk factors for chronic prostatitis.

Moreover, a sedentary lifestyle, caffeinated drinks, and low water intake link with severe pain in patients with chronic prostatitis.

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Foods to include in a prostatitis diet

A healthy diet, rich in fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats can benefit prostate health and may help to relieve symptoms associated with prostatitis. Some dietary changes that you can consider include:

  • Cruciferous vegetables, which contain beta-carotene and can have anti-inflammatory effects, benefiting prostate health problems, including prostate cancer and benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).

  • Fruits, such as berries are high in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals and can boost immune function. However, avoid acidic citrus fruits if they exacerbate your prostatitis.

  • We recommend drinking plenty of fluids, such as 1.5 to 2 liters of water.

  • Herbal teas are also a good option. Green tea, in particular, has been found in studies to improve urine flow and decrease urological inflammation.

  • High-quality protein.

  • As well as being beneficial for the treatment of an enlarged prostate, studies support that zinc is helpful for prostatitis. Food high in zinc include nuts, seeds, shellfish, meat, and eggs.

  • Omega-3 fatty acids and healthy fats found in the Mediterranean diet can help to reduce inflammation.

  • Tomatoes contain an antioxidant, lycopene, which may benefit prostate gland cells.

  • Foods high in fiber, to avoid constipation, which can be painful if you have an inflamed prostate.
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Foods to avoid in a prostatitis diet

Here are some foods and drinks to stay away from with prostatitis.

You need to figure out and avoid foods that aggravate your symptoms. They will vary according to the individual, but some foods that have been commonly found to irritate prostatitis symptoms. Prostatitis foods to avoid include:

  • Caffeine.

  • Alcohol.

  • Spicy Foods can contain capsaicin, which can increase rectal sensitivity in men with irritable bowel syndrome.

  • High sodium intake may increase the urinary tract symptoms that link with prostate disease.

  • Gluten is a common food intolerance, which can cause inflammation. Therefore a gluten-free diet may help to relieve prostatitis symptoms.

Treatment for prostatitis

Prostate infections affect many men and can cause uncomfortable and even painful symptoms.

Luckily, as well as changes to diet, there are effective treatment options available.

Medication

For bacterial prostatitis, antibiotics are usually prescribed, lasting for three to four weeks. In non-bacterial chronic prostatitis, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, alpha-blockers, and alternative remedies help relieve symptoms.

Natural alternatives

Natural alternatives have also been found effective for the treatment of prostatitis, including:

  • Quercetin- A double-blind study demonstrated reduced pelvic floor pain using quercetin.

  • Bee pollen- Bee pollen shows both nutritional and anti-microbial benefits in men with prostate inflammation.

  • Saw palmetto- Saw palmetto also has potent anti-inflammatory properties and may be useful for treating prostatitis.

  • Pollen extract- In a study, patients given pollen extract report more significant improvement in symptoms of chronic non-bacterial prostatitis.

Exercise

Being active helps to maintain a healthy weight, which benefits your overall health. Aerobic exercises, in particular, can relieve prostatitis symptoms.

Italian researchers randomly assigned 231 men with prostatitis to do exercises three times a week for 18 weeks. One group participated in aerobic exercise, and the other group did non-aerobic exercise.

Although both groups felt better, the group who did aerobic exercise experienced significantly more improvements in CPPS pain levels, as well as improvements in anxiety and depression.

Pelvic floor exercises can also benefit some men with urinary symptoms.

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Conclusion

While prostatitis is not a life-threatening condition, it can result in debilitating symptoms.

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, visit your urologist. They can diagnose the type of prostatitis and then decide the best course of treatment.

Alongside antibiotic treatment, natural alternatives, and lifestyle changes can help relieve symptoms.

Sources

  1. Chen X, Hu C, Peng Y, Lu J, Yang NQ2, Chen L, Zhang GQ, Tang LK, Dai JC.. (2016). Association of diet and lifestyle with chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome and pain severity: a case-control study.. Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases . 19 (1), p92-99.
  2. Herati AS, Shorter B, Srinivasan AK, Tai J, Seideman C, Lesser M, Moldwin RM.. (2013). Effects of foods and beverages on the symptoms of chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome.. Urology. 82 (6), p1376-1380.
  3. Milton, K. (2002). A Dietary Cure For Prostatitis and the Urethral Syndrome. Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice. 11 (3), p107-110.
  4. Bartoletti R1, Mondaini N, Pavone C, Dinelli N, Prezioso D.. (2002). Introduction to chronic prostatitis and chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS).. Arch Ital Urol Androl. 79 (2), p55-57.
  5. Goodarzi D1, Cyrus A, Baghinia MR, Kazemifar AM, Shirincar M.. (2013). The efficacy of zinc for treatment of chronic prostatitis.. Acta Medica Indonesia. 45 (4), p259-64.

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23 Comments

  1. D

    one part says No tea ..then another says herbal teas are good …which is it

    • Ben's Natural Health Team

      Hi there, thanks for getting in touch. Herbal teas contain little to none caffeine so are a good option. The Ben’s Natural Health Team.

  2. Wonga

    Are dairy products recommended for a person with prostatitis

    • Ben's Natural Health Team

      Hi Wonga, thanks for getting in touch. No, we don’t recommend dairy products. Dairy mimics estrogen which encourages the conversion of testosterone to DHT. DHT causes prostate cancer.
      We suggest switching to naturally produced goat dairy products, which has a better nutritional balance and won’t irritate the prostate. Wishing you good health, The Ben’s Natural Health Team.

  3. Ashish Rai

    How much one can intake green tea in a week?

    • Ben's Natural Health Team

      Hi Ashish, thanks for getting in touch. Drinking three to five cups of green tea per day seems to be optimal to reap the most health benefits. Very high doses may be problematic for some, but generally, green tea’s benefits far outweigh its risks. In fact, drinking more green tea may greatly improve your health.However, if you are suffering from urinary issues, you may take green tea from breakfast to lunch and stop all liquid intakes by 6PM in order to prevent night time urination. Wishing you good health, The Ben’s Natural Health Team.

  4. Kalungi Charles

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  5. Gaurav

    Can you tell me a vegetarian diet that would be beneficial against cpps, and also an alternative for wheat

    • Ben's Natural Health Team

      Hi Gaurav, thanks for getting in touch. We recommend the Keto diet. This isn’t an explicitly vegetarian diet but can definitely be enjoyed without meat. Vegetables, especially cruciferous vegetables. Fruits (but avoid acidic fruits if they affect your prostatitis) High-quality protein (plant protein is better than animal) Foods high in zinc are good for CPPS as well.

      Regarding wheat check out this link: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/322985#other-alternatives. If you have any further questions, please get in touch with our team via [email protected]. Wishing you good health, The Ben’s Natural Health Team.

  6. Mohammed Alhaj

    Please Help , I do not need surgery for my prostate.Very difficult to pass urine. How can i do .Our food is “Spicy foods ‘caffeine daily i drink .Itake Antibiotics but not for two weeks.

    • Ben's Natural Health Team

      Hi Mohammed, sorry to hear about yor experience. It may be best to get in touch with our support team to disucss this in further detail. You can contact them via our toll free number 1-888-868-3554 in the US and +44 (0) 845 423 8877 in the UK. Wishing you good health, The Ben’s Natural Health Team.

  7. Denis

    Did it help anyone??? Or it just can help – lottery?

    • Ben's Natural Health Team

      Hi Denis, dietary changes, combined with regular exercise can help to improve your prostate health. In terms of prostattits, our Prostate Healer tincture is formulated with immune boosting compounds that specifically target fungal, bacterial and viral infections of the prostate, bladder and urinary system. To learn how Prostate Healer has helped other men check out the reviews here: https://www.bensnaturalhealth.com/health-products/ben-s-prostate-healer.html

  8. Ali Iftikhar Cheema

    Hi
    I’m Ali living in Coventry uk.
    I’m having CPPS since long time. I want to confirm my sexuality is gay and i was infected with gonorrhoea and syphilis but now the infections has been treated. I have concerned with the doctor about my cpps symptoms and he prescribed me Ciprofloxacin Antibiotics tablets. After talking these tablets symptoms are mild but not fully recovered. So please i need help regarding my cpps problem.
    Thanks
    Ali

    • Ben's Natural Health Team

      Hi Ali,

      Great to hear from you and thanks for the question. I’m sorry to hear you’re suffering from chronic pain – we know how debilitating that can be.

      It’s a very broad condition given your medical history, but we do know that prostatitis can have a long-term impact when you have a recurring minor infection that might not show up, or a viral infection that doesn’t get cleared by antibiotics.

      That’s why we use Prostate Healer, which we formulated with Prostatitis in mind. I would recommend a three-month course at this stage and monitoring your symptoms. In addition, cutting out certain items from your diet which might irritate or exacerbate the problems – processed foods, refined sugars, caffeine, and alcohol can all have a negative impact.

      Let me know if that helps – happy to go into the details with you – just drop us a note to [email protected] and ask for Jason.

      Wishing you good health, The Ben’s Natural Health Team.

  9. Ketan

    Hi
    I’m suffering chronic prostititis since an year now. No issues with urinating but severe pain n discomfort while sitting. Using a donut since months. Have lost my normal life n struggling depression. I’m not having bad foods n drinks except alcohol. Any suggestions? Will greatly appreciate

    • Ben's Natural Health Team

      Hi Ketan,

      Thanks for reaching out.

      Sorry to hear you’ve been dealing with prostatitis and discomfort when sitting.

      Our supplement Prostate Healer is formulated for men with prostate infections and is recommended for you. Prostate Healer is an immune-boosting Ayurvedic herbal tincture with anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties. It is designed to clear out and protect against infections in your bladder, prostate and urinary tract. It can reduce symptoms of enlarged prostate and lower your PSA level too.

      Prostate Healer is effective especially when combined with a prostate-specific diet. For additional relief to your pain when sitting you should wear loose and comfortable clothes and can soak in a warm bath/sitz bath or use a heating pad.

      You can find out more about Prostate Healer by visiting the following link: https://www.bensnaturalhealth.com/ben-s-prostate-healer.html

      For further advice on prostatitis please get in touch with our support by email or phone.

      📧: [email protected]
      ☎️: 888 868 3554

      Wishing you good health,
      Ben’s Natural Health Team

  10. Jonathan

    Hi I’ve been dealing with prostatitis symptoms for the past 3 months and I am only 23 years old. I was feeling fine until one day I had to lift someone up who was very heavy. I thought it was a hernia at first but the doctors did ultrasounds and said everything was fine. I’m having pain in my testicles, lower abdomen, particularly in my testicles when I’m getting an erection and ejaculation. Many times when I’m walking I feel a tight, heavy feeling in my scrotum and always have the need to sit down. I’m at a point where I don’t want to even think about sex, or do any outdoor activities. However I don’t have pain when I urinate or sit down. I’ve gone to several doctors, one urologist said I could have epididimitis, he treated me with ciprofoxacin, an antibiotic for 2 weeks and showed no improvement. I stopped drinking alcohol, I’ve been trying to eat healthier. Another urologist suggested it could be prostatitis. I don’t understand how I could’ve gotten this from heavy lifting, Ive never had any STDs or genital infections, is it possible to get prostatitis from one time of heavy lifting? If so please help me find a way to cure this please🙏🏻 What do you know about prostatitis that isn’t caused by bacteria.

    • Ben's Natural Health Team

      Hi Jonathan,

      Thanks for your question. Your case is quite unusual and without a firm diagnosis it may be difficult to choose the appropriate treatment option. I’d recommend exhausting the diagnostics available to you to determine what’s causing you this pain. Getting an MRI on your prostate can assess the shape and size, a PSA test is a general indicator of prostate health too, both of these may be of use to you. You could err on the side of caution and begin taking up a prostate specific diet to be sure nothing you’re eating is worsening your prostate health.

      The supplement recommended for Prostatitis is Prostate Healer which is formulated as an anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-viral immune-boosting supplement. Prostate Healer can clear out and prevent infection in the prostate, bladder and urinary tract.

      You can find out more about Prostate Healer by visiting the following link: https://www.bensnaturalhealth.com/ben-s-prostate-healer.html

      You could also sit in a warm bath or sitz bath to ease the pain and provide some relief in the area.

      For more information on diet, supplements, and exercise for optimal prostate health please contact our support team for expert advice.

      📧: [email protected]
      ☎️: 888 868 3554

      Wishing you good health,
      Ben’s Natural Health Team

  11. Ketan

    Hi Team
    This is Ketan again. Thank you for your reply on 14th March. I’m being treated with sulfamethoxazole n nabumetone 500mg by my urologist. I’m 45 years old. I have a few questions about the product you recommended in last post
    Can I take it with above medicine?
    How many days one bottle last?
    Generally how long it’s recommended to take it?

    Thanks
    Ketan

    • Ben's Natural Health Team

      Hi again Ketan,

      Thanks for writing again.

      You can take Prostate Healer in combination with the medications you mentioned above, there is no known interactions with the medications. If you’re in any doubt you can consult on this with your doctor.

      One bottles lasts 1 month. Most men see noticeable improvements within 2-3 months of using Prostate Healer, you can take it for as long as you’re seeing continued progress, once you are satisfied with your prostate health you can choose to continue using Prostate Healer for the maintenance of your prostate health and avoidance of a recurring infection, or you can continue to eat mindfully and only use Prostate Healer in case of another infection in future.

      You can find out more about Prostate Healer by visiting the following link: https://www.bensnaturalhealth.com/ben-s-prostate-healer.html

      Please feel free to get in touch with our support should you need further advice.

      📧: [email protected]
      ☎️: 888 868 3554

      Wishing you good health,
      Ben’s Natural Health Team

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    • Ben's Natural Health Team

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      Wishing you good health,

      Ben’s Natural Health Team

 
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