Prostatitis

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.

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.
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  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

    Open a Branch in Uganda to easy our treatment

  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

 
 
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